[Trombone-l] Bucket mutes

Chris Dearth mr.dearthian at verizon.net
Sat Nov 5 10:53:43 CST 2005

Jo-Ral, hands down.  I despise the clip system on the Humes and Berg.  I
used one of the H&B's in undergrad jazz band (before I knew about the JoRal
mutes; many, many moons ago).  Our director would do arrangements where you
would have 8 QUICK measures to get it on.  Uggh.  Sound was pretty good,

As far as the sound of the JoRal, I don't really notice it as being stuffy.
I actually like the sound of the JoRal quite well.  Personally, I think the
only negative is cost.

I have no experience w/ the EZ Bucket, so no comment.

Chris Dearth
Principal Trombone, West Virginia Symphony
Adjunct Instructor, West Virginia Wesleyan


On 11/5/05 11:05 AM, "Mikel K. Smith" <tbone at brassquintet.net> wrote:

> I'm mute shopping, and curious as to other's opinions on the various buckets
> out there - I've yet to be happy with anything I've tried.  FWIW it's worth,
> my opinions on what I've used:
> Humes and Berg:  Plus:  Sounds good, well made.  Negative: takes somewhere
> between 16 measures and a week to get on your bell, and you need a different
> one for every size bell you use.
> JoRal: Plus: Indestructible, fits a range of bell sizes.  Negative: Sounds
> stuffy, takes up a lot of room in the gig bag.
> EZ Bucket:  Plus: Sounds good, easy to use.  Negative:  Plastic that breaks
> easily, especially the bell clips, and only fits one bell size.
> Softone:  .  Plus: Indestructible, easy to put on/take off, will fit a
> narrow range of bell sizes. Negative: Sounds like you have a sock in your
> bell.
> Mikel
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