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Ed Kennedy
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jhatpro wrote:
I recently found one on eBay like Clyde McCoy used - a vintage metal ice cream dish. That's how he got his distinctive sound on Sugar Blues.


With a Conn "practice" mute in the bell. (think Pixie mute).
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oxleyk
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Home Depot sells rubber plungers and wooden handles separately. Around $4.00 for the plunger.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just bought a 4.5" plunger on a stick from Amazon for $8. Saw the 'manufactured for trumpet players' type 'plunger' mute, with the little ring on it for $30+.
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Denny Schreffler
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Earlier this month I cut off the top part of a 50 oz., plastic, Pop Secret Popcorn jar (with the big, blue cap) to try as a plunger. Sounds nice but doesn't play well "close," below the staff.

The Vollrath ice cream dish that was linked to earlier is OK but I prefer this double-walled "dessert" dish --https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GAEWGA2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (when I bought one, it was about half this cost). Very loud and exceddingly dirty when required. I dipped the base in Plasti Dip to give it some grip.

I've had recent luck in 99ยข stores finding flexible (vs stiff) sink (small) plungers, which I like. Sometimes stiff or flexible toilet (large) plungers give the desired sound with a certain horn.

If your need of a plunger is mostly for ooh-wah'ing in a section, anything will do but for certain types of soloing and small-band situations, different sounding plungers can add to the arsenal.

Harmon still makes the two-piece system that gives a so-so straight mute, a terrible cup, and a good, metal plunger.

The Al Grey book on plunger technique is a solid resource but is increasingly hard to find.

The best use of an "alternate" plunger, on trombone ...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vc8D46tJuFM


-Denny
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 1:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a big collection of plungers and pixie mutes my favorite is a very old French long pixie mute and a old Shastock Dorsey plunger, unbeatable sound.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

giakara wrote:
... unbeatable sound.

That's the point :--))
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