For as long as the trombone has been around, musicians have been searching for ways to alter the way it sounds. A great (and fun) way to change the sound of your trombone is to use a mute. Mutes muffle and suppress the instrument's sound, but their goal isn't to make your trombone quieter - they simply change it. So, whether you're blending in with the brass section of your jazz quartet or backing up a group of vocalists, the trombone mute to suit your playing style can be found right here.
The most popular mute used on trombones and other brass instruments is the straight mute. They are made from many different materials and have many uses depending on your needs. For example, the best-selling Tom Crown Bb Trumpet Straight Mute is specific to Bb trumpets and offers a clear, classic tone with a slightly brighter edge. Another top seller in the straight mute category is the Humes & Berg 101 Trumpet Mute. Lightweight, affordable and designed to consistently stay in tune, this mute is a handy tool to have in your case when occasion calls for playing in an ensemble.
Plunger mutes, as their name comically suggests, look like toilet plungers without handles. While their name sounds a bit quirky, there is nothing funny about their sound. Okay, maybe they are bit funny - in fact, plunger mutes like the Mutec MHT160 Rubber Trumpet Mute and the Jo-Ral TPT-6 Aluminum Trumpet Plunger Mute both deliver the classic wah-wah sound typically heard in big brass recordings.
And the fun doesn't stop with this sampling of trombone mutes. This catalog is home to dozens more that are geared toward trombonists of all skill levels and styles. When you take a couple of minutes to think about your personal preferences and circumstances, it shouldn't take long for the perfect mute to jump off the page and into your everyday practice sessions and performances.