The patented designs (US Patent - 8,269,087) came about after carefully studying acoustics, as it applies specifically to sound reduction, as well as to the manufacture of acoustic musical instruments. Facet has been able to capture the characteristic sound that is familiar to us, and to our audiences. Significant improvements have been made to mutes that have been a part of our musical heritage, allowing brass players to achieve outstanding performance results, regardless of the individual hardwood used in making each Facet Mute.
The standard line of mutes uses 100% natural hardwoods... no polymers, no fiberglass, no fiber construction of any type. Every hardwood used has a characteristic timbre that is related to the density and grain of the individual hardwood. We invite you to discover the different "sound prints" that can only be achieved using Facet custom, handcrafted hardwood mutes. Facet Mutes play very evenly throughout your entire range, and because they resonate (as opposed to reflect and alter our sound), they have good projection at all dynamic levels.
Walnut has a more open grain than Maple or North American Cherry, despite its harder density. It has a chocolate brown appearance, with an occasional very light brown streak. Its grain patterns can vary from a somewhat tight vertical grain to a more watery open grain.
Facet Repair Policy
While durability is part of the design and construction of Facet Mutes, accidents do happen, and we want you to be fully confident in your mute purchase. If your mute is damaged, Facet will repair it, free of charge, for the life of the mute. All you pay is shipping charges. (Limited to the original owner.)
If Facet determines that your mute is not repairable, due to unnatural circumstances... i.e., dropping it from an extensive height, or malicious damage of another nature, they will still stand behind our product, and offer a discount on a new one.