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JoshRzepka
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 28, 2021 3:05 pm    Post subject: Balu Soft Mute Reply with quote

It's #mutemonday with a visit to Balu Musik in Skokie, IL!

Check out his straight/soft mute, see the world's largest mute, and tour the shop!


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Anyone here on TH have one of these?!
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember when he used to make two different trumpet mutes: The Majestic (what the current one seems to have evolved from) and the Exuberance (like a bucket mute with clarity).

Beautiful mutes.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I helped Ion play test these mutes, as he was living in Memphis at the time. I also gave my original production mute to Billy Hunter, who introduced them to the Met Opera section. Ion was nice enough to give me one to replace it...

The original design incorporated an internal spring (similar to the old "screen-door" reverb units) to help the mute buzz at lower volumes. I didn't hear that mentioned, so perhaps the updated mutes did away with the need for this.

In any case, Ion is a great fellow, a fine musician, and a true craftsman...

HTH

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benlewis wrote:
I helped Ion play test these mutes, as he was living in Memphis at the time. I also gave my original production mute to Billy Hunter, who introduced them to the Met Opera section. Ion was nice enough to give me one to replace it...

The original design incorporated an internal spring (similar to the old "screen-door" reverb units) to help the mute buzz at lower volumes. I didn't hear that mentioned, so perhaps the updated mutes did away with the need for this.

In any case, Ion is a great fellow, a fine musician, and a true craftsman...

HTH

Ben


Wow, thanks for the info - very cool! I'll ask him about it next time I got to his shop.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 29, 2021 10:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AJCarter wrote:
I remember when he used to make two different trumpet mutes: The Majestic (what the current one seems to have evolved from) and the Exuberance (like a bucket mute with clarity).

Beautiful mutes.


Interesting, I'll have to ask him about those.

I am sure if he built a cup mute it would be terrific ... a very fine crafstman.
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