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    Default How to muffle the sound

    I am finding it very hard to practice in my house, because the sound of my sax disturbs the people around me. It's a loud instrument, is there anything I can do or buy to take down the volume?

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    Default Re: How to muffle the sound

    in the past i would often place a small cuddly toy in the bell,you wont get your low Band Bbs out, but it does help to play quieter,this is ok for practicing but will alter the pitch slightly.
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    Default Re: How to muffle the sound

    What's best, a bear or a wabbit?

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    Default Re: How to muffle the sound

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    What's best, a bear or a wabbit?
    I had a little grey hippo!,even did a gig once then realized ooops!!...its still in the bell, ahh.
    bs gunning

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    Default Re: How to muffle the sound

    The best solution IMO is the e-sax. There are various do nutty things available, kind of cuddly donuts, but they don't do an awful lot for the piercing high notes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pete Thomas View Post
    The best solution IMO is the e-sax. There are various do nutty things available, kind of cuddly donuts, but they don't do an awful lot for the piercing high notes.
    Ditto. Once I started the Esax mute my landlady stopped threatening me. And I live in an urban apt with lots of neighbors.

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    So the only real solution is a six hundred dollar exoskeleton? There has to be another way...

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    Don't know if this helps.

    I noticed one day that putting some Plastic wrap http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastic_wrap on the cork end of the neck so that it covers say a third or a half of the air hole and then holding it in place while sliding on the mouthpiece reduces the volume somewhat but it probably does awful things to the Acoustics and tone.

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    Default Re: How to muffle the sound

    I have an e-sax/vibes mute that I use (not sure what difference is between e-sax and vibes is - original and cloned possibly?)

    It defiantely helps as I can tootle all night long without worry.
    Still need some time out of the mute to work on tones though, but can keep that down to more socialble hours.

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