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    Default What trumpet mute is this?

    From Wynton Marsalis' Christmas Jazz Jam album, you can hear it on "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"

    Amazon sample: http://goo.gl/ZJVEU

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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    The generic term is harmon mute, because of the Harmon brand which has a large market share. I tend to prefer the Jo-Ral brand.

    http://www.google.com/#q=harmon+mute...7204dc07534ddc

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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    harmon is the fridgidaire of wah-wah mutes......sold with a stem,when you put your hand over the stem you can make a wah-wah sound...hence the name.....real jazzers immediately take out the stem and lose it....... the wah-wah is a cool effect,but tinty..... the harmon,as most refer to it like a fridge.....coke......etc.etc. gives you that warm and fuzzy feeling....

    king of the harmon mute miles davis NOT wynton marsalis
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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    I remember seeing "Wah-Wah Mute (stem out)" on stock arrangements printed back in the 50s and earlier. I think all modern arrangements say "Harmon mute (stem out)," or just "Harmon mute." For a long time a carried both a Harmon mute and a Jo-Ral bubble mute in my mute bag so as to match other players in a section. I don't gig on trumpet anymore, so I don't know if players today carry both brands or not. For many folks the Jo-Ral plays better in tune and with less resistance in the low register.

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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    still got the harmon bill???
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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by sirspinbad View Post
    still got the harmon bill???
    My harmon mute now resides in mute heaven after it came to an untimely end (I owned it for almost 40 years) in a, shall we say, unruly venue.

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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Bryant View Post
    My harmon mute now resides in mute heaven after it came to an untimely end (I owned it for almost 40 years) in a, shall we say, unruly venue.
    I thought the dents made harmon mutes sound better.
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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by hakukani View Post
    I thought the dents made harmon mutes sound better.
    Dents, yes, separation at the seams, no.

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    Default Re: What trumpet mute is this?

    ...id still take it!! a 60s harmon mute is heaven!!!
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