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Thread: Yamaha Silent Brass SB-29 Euphonium

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    Yamaha Silent Brass SB-29 Euphonium

    Does anyone have any experience with this device?

    I'm asking because my wife has a rather bizarre schedule which makes home practice kind of tough to swing on any kind of schedule of my own. She's been very supportive of my recent delving back into the band scene, even to the point of sitting quietly and not picking on me while I practice. But there's times when she's asleep (could be any given moment of the day thanks to the medication she's on) that I'm ready to practice but don't want to risk waking her.

    I recently purchased a Yamaha SB-29 from an eBay store and I'm waiting for its arrival - should be sometime next week... hopefully before the weekend of the 14th. Here's a link to the eBay listing: Linkage

    I'm anxious to find out if it's worth the investment. I'll post my findings here if anyone's interested. But meanwhile, if anyone has anything to add, I'd be most appreciative.
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    The quick and easy answer to this is "it does what it says on the tin".

    There's very very little sound at all using this. Can certainly not be heard from one room to another with a closed door in between.
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    Thanks so much. I find it hard to believe that something so small can actually be effective in diminishing the sound coming from Nacho (my Jupiter 470). I was surprised to find that it's actually much louder than Not So Wee (my Blessing marching baritone), and keeping it's voice to a minimum seems an almost impossible task to me - especially when I'm aiming for the upper range. (these old chops ain't what they used to be )

    I'm excited to find out how it goes.
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    I was in a similar predicament to yourself when i was on euph (now on bari), in that i live in a mid-terrace with young children/babies on either side of me, thus making evening practice not an option.
    However, i made the bold investment into the silent brass system, & i have to say it is a great little piece of kit, my better half said that very little could be heard even when i was blasting out in the upper register, so i would defo reccommend it...a sound (sorry, no pun intended) investment in my opinion
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    Does the Euph one also work on baritones? I'm looking into getting one, and play 2 different instruments in 2 bands.
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    I would think it would... Just sit a little higher in the bell maybe.

    I haven't seen one advertised for Baritone apart from the Euphs. I'm going to check it in both of my horns (Marching Bari & Euph), and I'll letcha know. I think the MB has a bell similar to the upright Baritone horn.

    Should be here on Monday.
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    Thanks, I'm gonna need one when I go away to Uni in the fall. I'm sure my parents would love for me to get it now though!
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    Although I've heard a lot of good regarding the silent brass solutions, I've always thought them very expensive!

    Have you thought about trying one of the ssshhhhhmutes? They are brilliant.

    Have a look at www.brassbits.com for more info.
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    I am also intrigued if it will fit in a Baritone - as I was not sure what option to lookt at...

    There is a quite a difference in the width of the bells and bell tubes between a Euph and a Bari...
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    I use a trombone one in my horn. Apparantly its wonderful!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by persins
    Have you thought about trying one of the ssshhhhhmutes? They are brilliant.
    These mutes have had rave reviews, unfortunately they're not yet available for Euphonium, although I've been in touch with the company that make them and they have one planned for later on this year.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HorniKaz
    I use a trombone one in my horn. Apparantly its wonderful!!!!
    Based on what I've seen of proper Baritones, that might be the way to go. But I'll letcha know what I find out... tomorrow - hopefully.
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    I have a standard British Sovereign so maybe a Bass Trom one would be right...
    The Baritone Horn - the illegitimate love child of Brass Banding!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cujo_134
    Does the Euph one also work on baritones?
    The Silent Brass drive unit itself applies to all brass instruments - but I think I can safely say that the euphonium mute will NOT fit into a baritone bell. It does not taper in the way that a Wick or Gane mute does.
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    Thanks for that - i though not!
    The Baritone Horn - the illegitimate love child of Brass Banding!

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