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Accessories for Brass Instruments
Wah/Plunger Brass Mutes
Wah/Plunger Brass Mutes
Incorporating a mute into your trumpet or trombone routine is a fun way to explore the many possible effects from your instrument. There are many different types of mutes available, but wah/plunger brass mutes are definitely among the more unique in terms of how they sound. By placing a plunger mute on an angle against the rim of the bell and opening and closing it off, you can create a "wah-wah" sound that's ideal for styles like jazz. In fact, many legendary musicians used wah/plunger brass mutes throughout their careers, including trumpeter Bugger Miley and trombonist Tricky Sam Nanton.
Plunger mutes have come a long way since the days when a musician would literally use a toilet plunger to create their desired sound. With that being said, there are many affordable models here that look exactly like what you'd expect. Just take a look at the Mutec MHT260 Rubber Trombone Plunger Mute and you'll know what we mean. This top-selling mute has a classic look, is tuned to be free-blowing and provides top-notch intonation. Another popular model here is the Humes & Berg 164 Trombone Plunger Mute. Willie Bernie invented Stonelined mutes in the mid-'30s. From there on, his mutes became renowned worldwide for their ability to produce a wide range of tonal colors. For a perfect professional mute sound every time, the 164 is just the answer.
Trumpet players have more than enough wah/plunger mutes to choose from as well. Need a suggestion? Check out the Harmon L Model Copper Trumpet Wow-Wow Mute. The "wah-wah" sound is very easy to create and will not in any way affect the pitch of your instrument. Or, how about the Protect Liberty Trumpet Aluminum Wah Wah Mute. Boasting a tone-adjusting stem and a long-lasting cork, this high-quality mute is louder than traditional wah-wah mutes and it comes at a very affordable price.
As you can see, if you're in the market for a new wah/plunger mute, then this is definitely the catalog for you. Companies like Mutec, Harmon, Humes & Berg and Denis Wick are well known in the jazz world for their exceptional wah/plunger brass mutes, so any choice you make here will be sure to impress you.