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Our new "Cup Mute" brings together the best acoustic qualities from both the 1930s Ray Robinson cup mute and the 1940s Shastock Tonalcolor cup mute. We line the cup with a solid piece of felt, as was done with the original Ray Robinson mute. However, like the Shastock Tonalcolor and unlike the Ray Robinson Cup Mute, there are no rivets used in the manufacture of the cone or cup; this enhances resonance. After extensive testing, we settled upon the most responsive thickness for the cup mute's wooden resonator.

The new "ShowTone" mute is a significant improvement over the classic Shastock Solotone mute in both construction and resonance. This mute is very sought after by trumpet players who do a great deal of work in the pit orchestras of Broadway and West End Show productions. We optimize resonance by maintaining the same material throughout its construction. Intonation, slotting and tonal qualities of the ShowTone far exceed the original 1920s version. Unlike the original Solotone, the new ShowTone does not incorporate brass ferrules on each end. This adds to its resonance and increases its range of overtones. The MuteMeister "Straight" mute is a great choice when non-metal straight mutes are preferred. Metal straight mutes for Bb trumpet did not become commonplace until the 1960s. Nineteenth century and early twentieth century composers wrote with wooden and/or fibre straight mutes in mind. The MuteMeister Straight mute is made from the same PLA resin as our ShowTone and Cup Mutes and has a wooden resonator. This mute offers stable slotting, brilliant resonance, and has a wide spectrum of overtones.

To order online, go to:
The MuteMeister page at Warburton-USA

The Cup Mute, The Straight mute, and the ShowTone mute are made from a Polylactic Acid (or PLA) compound. PLA is a thermoplastic polyester derived from renewable resources like corn starch and sugar cane. This material resonates more readily than the fiberboard and primitive plastics used by early mute manufacturers.

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