Most experienced trombonists would agree that the most common type of trombone mute is the straight mute. These come in many different material types, but the most popular is aluminum. There are many aluminum straight mutes here, and the Denis Wick DW5505 Trombone Straight Mute is a best seller. The sound quality and intonation of this straight mute is nothing short of magnificent, and its bright, biting tone makes it ideal for players of all styles.
Another common mute type is the bucket mute. As their name suggests, these mutes sport a bucket shape. Unlike other mutes, they clip onto the outside of the trombone instead of being placed into the bell. If you play the tenor trombone, then you'll definitely want to check out the Jo-Ral 8 S Tenor Trombone Bucket Mute. Boasting all-aluminum construction, this top-rated mute delivers a deep and haunting tone that sounds even in all registers.
Now for those of you who are searching for a cup mute, you're definitely in the right place. Cup mutes have a more muffled sound compared to straight mutes and feature a cup-shaped attachment. Need a suggestion? Try the Humes & Berg 154 Tenor Trombone Mic Cup Mute. What you have here is a Stonelined mute that plays perfectly in tune and has flawless intonation. Give it a shot and see for yourself why Humes & Berg mutes are so favored around the world.
And your mute options certainly don't stop there. You'll even discover the famous Harmon wah-wah, rubber plunger mutes from Mutec, practice mutes and much more. With a little time in this section, you'll be sure to find a trombone mute that will take your performance to the next level. And don't think you have to settle for just one - after all, a versatile musician is a great one, and owning more than one mute can only make you a more accomplished performer.