[Trombone-l] Bucket mutes

Eric Edwards eric at elsjledwards.net
Sat Nov 5 17:48:03 CST 2005

I've always used an H & B until about a year ago when I splurged for a
At first it was pretty stuffy,  but then I experimented by pulling some of
the stuffing out.
Made a HUGE difference!
Still sounds like a bucket, but not stuffy.
I still carry my decrepit H&B,  that thing is a mess,  just in case I play
with a section that only has the H&B.
Also,  I modified mine to have only three mounting lugs instead of the four
it came with.
I use the technique Wayne described to mount it on my bell, works like a


-----Original Message-----
From: trombone-l-bounces at samford.edu [mailto:trombone-l-bounces at samford.edu]
On Behalf Of Mikel K. Smith
Sent: Saturday, November 05, 2005 10:06 AM
To: TROMBONE-L at server5.samford.edu
Subject: [Trombone-l] Bucket mutes

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


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