Copper bottom straight mute recommendations

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matto
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Copper bottom straight mute recommendations

Post by matto » Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:36 am

Hey all,

I'm in the market for a copper-bottom straight mute to blend better within a section where I'm the middle voice and the other two players are using copper-bottom mutes. We have some extended soft playing, and I'm on a Wick all aluminium, while the other two players are on JoRal and Tom Crown copper bottom mutes, and I feel like I stick out like a sore thumb, particularly when I trade long sustained notes between the parts.

I bought a JoRal copper-bottom, and am satisfied with the blend, but it came pre-dented and it is really heavy and awkward to grab and insert, so I'm sending it back. That leaves me two quick delivery options: Tom Crown and Windy City. When I've played Crown's in the past, they have had oddball woof-notes at the bottom of the staff, so I'm leery of getting one. I've never played the Windy City line, and the only online review I can find is about 10 years old on the trumpet forum. Anyone played Windy City and can compare to other brands, particularly on eveness across the range of the horn and weight?

Thanks!
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Re: Copper bottom straight mute recommendations

Post by Matt K » Mon Apr 16, 2018 12:36 pm

I prefer the JoRal to both of those though normally the problem with them is that the corks come unglued. Once you reglue them, they're rock solid. In my experience at least. But then again, I also don't mind the Tom Crown mutes so take that with a grain of salt. I very briefly played a Windy City mute that someone else had and decided it wasn't for me relative to the JoRal I already had.

Is the denting particularly bad? Every straight mute I've had has ended up dented anway. I've even (half-jokingly) had it recommended to me to take a mouthpiece and give the bottom a good whack to knock all the bad notes out of it. I've played some good mutes that were dinged up.

I don't know about the weight being much different between the various models of metal straight mutes. My impression of them is that they're all relatively the same weight so my concern would be you returning, ordering another one, and really not finding much of a difference between the two.
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Re: Copper bottom straight mute recommendations

Post by FeelMyRath » Mon Apr 16, 2018 2:36 pm

Another vote for the Jo-Ral. I'm so much more secure throughout my range on it than I was on my Wick. There's just no problem notes and I find it much less work, too.
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Re: Copper bottom straight mute recommendations

Post by cozzagiorgi » Mon Apr 16, 2018 4:20 pm

How about romera brass? I played an all Aluminium recently and it was spectacular.
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Re: Copper bottom straight mute recommendations

Post by dukesboneman » Mon Apr 16, 2018 5:08 pm

I have a Tom Crown , Jo`Ral and Stonelined Copper Bottomed Mutes. I prefer the sound, Blend and play-ability of the Jo-Ral mute the best.
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