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Yamaha Silent Brass System for French Horn

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You want to play when and where you like without being confined to time or place. Well, Yamaha’s next generation SILENT Brass makes it happen. The ne...Click To Read More About This Product

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A major new release of a popular design.

You want to play when and where you like without being confined to time or place. Well, Yamaha’s next generation SILENT Brass makes it happen. The new SILENT Brass consists of a smaller, lighter, free blowing Pickup Mute, and the Personal Studio, which features Yamaha’s exclusive Brass Resonance Modeling. Used together, the two deliver the natural acoustic tone you hear when playing without a mute, making it feel as though you are playing mute free.

Pickup Mute
The Pickup Mute combines a high-performance mute with an internal microphone to pickup sound. Significantly smaller and lighter than previous versions, the mute offers superior muting performance, delivers excellent intonation over a wide pitch range, and natural playability. A new compact design now lets you put your instrument in its case with the mute in the bell.

Brass Resonance Modeling
The SILENT Brass features Yamaha’s proprietary technology, which uses the modeling of non-muted brass instruments to correct your instrument’s tone when the Pickup Mute is in place. The resulting sound is so realistic, it’s hard to tell whether the instrument is muted, or not.

The SILENT Brass Offers More Enjoyment
Connect the output from an audio player, smartphone, etc. to the AUX IN jack on the Personal Studio and enjoy playing along with your favorite recordings or “minus one” practice aids. The PHONES jack can also be used as an output jack for recording what you play.

Model: PM3X
  • Dimensions (Diameter x Length): 129 × 216mm (5-1/16" x 8-1/2")
  • Weight: 195g (6.9 oz.)
  • Internal Microphone: Electric condenser microphone
  • Pickup Output Jack: Mini phone jack
  • Nominal Level: -25dB~-35dB
  • Brass Resonance Modeling™: Yes
  • Personal Studio™
Model: STX-2
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 70 x 20 x 98mm
  • Weight: 2.4 oz without batteries
  • Jacks and Terminals: MUTE IN, AUX IN, PHONES
  • Control: VOL. (volume), Reverb type, Power ON/OFF
  • Brass Resonance Modeling: Yes (It behaves correctly only when compatible X-series Pickup Mute is connected to Personal Studio.)
  • Power Supply: AA alkaline or nickel-metal hydride batteries x 2 (3V DC)
  • Included Accessories: Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual

French horn practice anywhere, anytime.

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great resource if you can suffer the earbuds

By horn pro

from North Carolina


  • Fairly Ok Resistance
  • Good Resonance
  • Quiet Practice


  • Intonation Issues
  • Painful Earbuds

Best Uses

  • Practicing Latein Hotels

Comments about Yamaha Silent Brass System for French Horn:

This is helpful for practice after kids have gone to bed and I need some time shedding. It's very quiet in the room, but the resonance does indeed sound like a hall. Very accurate that way to me. The intonation, therefore accuracy can get squirrelly in the high range, especially chromatics and enharmonic intervals. I love the ability to practice at the end of the day and not bother anyone. I don't regret getting this product at all!! BUT- the earbuds are very painful. The bud is HARD plastic with no cushion. If I want to block out room noise or have more pure feedback, the earbuds have to be in pretty tight. I can get to about 20-30 minutes and my ears positively ache!! I have tried other headsets and earbuds with cushion, but the volume/timbre is greatly compromised (sounds like I'm playing into a pillow with no resonance). The only decent sound is with the Yamaha earbuds - but they really hurt. This should be fixed!

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Good Idea, but more can be done to improve this

By NoGo4Me

from Colorado Springs

About Me Experienced


  • only useful for warm ups back stage


  • painful earphones
  • restricted volume and sound characteristics

Best Uses

  • warm ups back stage

Comments about Yamaha Silent Brass System for French Horn:

In the world of time constraints and no availability of private studios for practice, Yamaha's Silent Brass can be useful. However It today's world of technological advance via wireless Bluetooth.
Why is Yamaha using wired earphones? I'm a large man with large ear holes and they only work well when pressed all the way deep in your ears AND THEY HURT ... A LOT, I tried using Sony earphones, I've tried Bose sound cancelling earphone, and I also tried Pelter WS100 earmuffs.... They provided relief from Yamaha's oversize painful earphones...BUT the sound was ridiculously reduced. Yamaha would be better served to gain the employment of real acoustical/electrical/software engineers and produce a true professional version of their concept allowing more volume control and more control over the sound reverb characteristics. To use the current model in a pinch for a quick warm up back stage is useful, to commit to a purchase and expect the device to provide private practice hour on end in you apartment is not realistic at all. Also when using the mute it seemed like the embouchure was affected by restricted the air flow, not preferable for long practice sessions. Sorry my recommendation is a NoGo4Me



By Em

from Colorado

About Me Professional Musician


  • Easy To Use
  • Functional
  • Good Quality


    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Yamaha Silent Brass System for French Horn:

    I was skeptic about the new Silent Brass because I was not a fan of the old one, but this one is SO MUCH BETTER! I think it sounds great. It does feel like a practice mute, but it IS a practice mute. It feels good for being a practice mute. It's very soft to the outside listener. Once I practiced in a van on a road trip and the driver could not hear me. I travel a lot and live in an apartment, and while it is not as good as practicing without a mute, it is great for getting my practice routine done when I am at home or on the road.
    Another great thing is that you can hook it up to an amp or pedal board for cool electronic effects for new/contemporary music opportunities.

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