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    Best mutes for a flugel horn

    Hi all

    The title of this thread is self explanatory really. I have taken time out of regular at home practicing and am hoping to get back into it, but am not confident enough to practice without a mute and am looking for recommendations regarding a mute.

    I am debating either a Humes and Berg practice or cup mute, what are your thoughts?

    Many thanks

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    If it's purely a practice mute you are after I would recommend a Bremmer Sshhmute.

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    Agree that the Bremmer sssshhhh practice mute is excellent - amazing sound attenuation, and fairly good intonation.

    Can't comment on the Humes and Berg cup mute - but the McLean cup mute is first-rate. Good intonation, and a very authentic cup-mute sound.... but not cheap.

    The Wick aluminium straight mute is so-so. The Jo-Ral copper-bottomed bubble mute is fun for jazz - but rather difficult to keep in tune, and not really suitable for Band work.

    One might ask why you want to mute such a beautiful instrument as a flugel....
    Last edited by oleredeye; 17.02.2012 at 20:25. Reason: amplification
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    Quote Originally Posted by oleredeye View Post
    One might ask why you want to mute such a beautiful instrument as a flugel....
    Because some composers seem to think it is a good idea?

    (they are wrong, we all know this)

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    A hard case!

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    Another thing with flugel mutes is "try-before-you-buy" - reason being because there is less standardisation of flugel bell size/profile than with cornets/trumpets, and not all flugel mutes will fit all makes of flugel. A specific example being, the H&B Flugel Cup is too small for the bell of a Getzen Eterna flugel - I know this because I was once forced to drink three bottles of wine in order to accumulate enough cork to carry out the modifications necessary to make it fit ...
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