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Thread: Alternatives to Plunger Mutes

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    tMP Prime Friend Rapier's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoominDave View Post
    Some people like to drill a small hole in the end of said sink plunger so as not to stop the sound and air so completely when you cover the bell up. I personally haven't bothered.
    The Made for purpose mutes have a couple of small holes in them.
    Blow in the little end. Noise comes out the Big end.
    Simples !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapier View Post
    The Made for purpose mutes have a couple of small holes in them.
    Some do, some don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trumpetmike View Post
    Some do, some don't.
    Fair enough, although I don't know how you know, seeing as you prefer the pikey option.
    Blow in the little end. Noise comes out the Big end.
    Simples !

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapier View Post
    Fair enough, although I don't know how you know, seeing as you prefer the pikey option.
    I use a sink plunger, doesn't mean I don't own a few others (both forms of H&B and a Wick). I prefer the sound of the real sink plunger.

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    what a plunger does is to get in the way of what your expensive instrument does.
    Its still a expensive instrument, your simply using something to channel and modify its output. your hand on its own can work well if you just need a subtle effect.

    personal technique is important when using a plunger of any type... unlike a stick in mute where you usually play as normal, using a plunder of any type requires a bit more player input.

    sink plungers are more or less perfect ergonomically, sonically and finantially.

    don't rule out a half coconut shell, I have one of those in my mute bag as well as a bowler hat.
    Whatever works for the sound (and visual impact in more cases than not)
    Sometimes we use a midget mute inside the bell whilst also using a plunger over the top, so a larger plunger is better in this event.

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    best alternative to a plunger (or any other) mute - no mute

    Mutes should be discarded forever, they just distort the true sound.

    Oh, and walking on stage to play Pagannini Variations in a contest as a trombone player with:
    registration card
    ticket
    straight mute
    cup mute
    harmon mute
    music
    oh, and a trombone

    is damn near impossible !
    Bass Trom, Brackley & District Band, http://www.brackleyband.org.uk/

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