Practice Mute Brass Mutes
There are plenty of different practice mutes to choose from, so it goes without saying that the first step will be to narrow down the options by instrument. What's next after that? Well, it depends on what you're looking for in your mute. For example, if you want something that travels well, a compact model like the Denis Wick DW5582 Tenor Trombone Travel Mute is a great choice since your instrument will still be able to fit into the case with the mute installed - no need to add an extra bag to your trunk. Or maybe you're interested in still hearing your instrument full-force, even though nobody else can? In that case, check out Yamaha's electronic systems such as the Yamaha SB7XC Silent Brass System for Trumpet. With a little earphone assistance, they do a good job making your brass instrument silent and loud at the same time.
Most musicians would probably consider it rude for people to listen in while we're practicing our material. But that can be awkward when we don't leave them any other choice because our horns are blaring at full blast! A practice mute is an easy solution, and if you only want to own a few brass mutes, there's a very strong case to be made for including one of these in the roster. No matter the reason you need it quiet, a practice mute is the best method for making your brass instrument nearly silent.