New innovative travel mute allows you to quietly practice while on the road, and this diminutive mute stores inside the bell for convenient packing.
Denis Wick is pleased to introduce a new compact, ultra-light in-bell mute for the euphonium. Weighing only 200 grams, this mute is perfect for the busy player who needs a mute that stores easily within the bell of the euphonium without protruding and fits easily in gig-bags and cases. It is free-blowing and resonant, but very soft indeed, making it perfect for both warming-up and for serious practice. The response is very even from pedal tones to the top of the range. It has excellent intonation in every register and is the most in-tune compact mute available.
You will not disturb the neighbors when practicing with this mute! It is finished with an internal cork damper and has thick high-quality neoprene pads that give a secure grip and dampen the sound to a barely audible tone. It emits approximately 5db less sound than comparable practice and ‘silent’ mutes. It is perfect for near-silent practice at home, for use in hotel rooms or for quietly warming-up without disturbing fellow musicians.
A leather strap is fixed to the top of the mute for easy insertion and removal, and this hand-spun mute is finished to the highest quality.
Developed with Steven Mead, the new travel mute sets a new standard for compact in-bell mutes.
"I'm very happy to have had the opportunity to test the brand new Denis Wick Travel Mute.
I fell in love from the first note I've played on it. Tuning is excellent and the comfort is so easy. The resistance is perfect. If I play on a practice mute it has to have a bit of resistance to improve your sound. This mute has everything. It's also very light to travel with. You don't even notice you're carrying it with you.
From now on I'll always have the mute with me."
Glenn Van Looy, Belgium. , British Open Solo Champion, Brass Band Heist
"As an aspiring professional euphonium player, the new Wick SM travel mute has quickly become an essential piece of kit that I cannot travel without. Whether I'm warming up in a hotel, backstage at a gig or simply cramming in some late night practice at home, this mute has proved itself worth the expenditure time and time again. It fits perfectly inside the bell of my Sterling euphonium, whilst the tuning is a class above all other travel mutes i have tested. Just take care to remember to remove the mute before you go on stage as it is so small and light you may forget it’s there!
Lewis Musson . Manchester UK, Solo Euphonium with the Leyland Band, BBC2 Brass Soloist of the Year 2011
I received the new SM Travel Mute. It is the best practice mute. It is really pleasant for travel, we can put it in the case and it's very light. In addition it is the only practice mute that is 'right' and that has no resistance. The sound is perfect. The bass and treble are perfect as if it wasn't a mute. Now I can practice in hotels, backstage, and home at night when I need without disturbing the surroundings. Since I received it, it's all the time with me in my bag.
Bastien Baumet , Paris, France. Solo euphonium, Musique des Gardiens de la Paix de Paris and Paris Brass Band, 1st Prize Winner, Euphonium, Jeju International Brass Competition, South Korea
Thank you for this marvelous mute. Until today I'd practice with Yamaha's Silent Brass, which I also find a good mute, but this SM Travel Mute is much more "comfortable" and perfect to transport in my gig bag. I'd been waiting for a mute like this for a long time...
I'm just an amateur musician but I like to practice scales and exercises and I love to play the Euphonium. I have a Besson Sovereign 967, a wonderful instrument.
Per-Erik Dahl, Sweden