[Trombone-l] more about buckets - make your own

Chris Tune crtune at adelphia.net
Sun Nov 6 19:01:40 CST 2005

That's cool.  I could make one just like this and use one of my spare 
trombone stands. . . .who nose?  maybe this is the ultimate bucket.?


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Raymond Horton" <rayhorton at insightbb.com>
To: "Chris Tune" <crtune at adelphia.net>
Cc: "Adrian Drover" <slide.rule at adios.co.uk>; "Charles Levine" 
<chardy2 at totcon.com>; <trombone-l at server5.samford.edu>
Sent: Sunday, November 06, 2005 4:29 PM
Subject: Re: [Trombone-l] more about buckets - make your own

> Seriously, though, I did design my own bucket mute.  Once, when Ben Vereen 
> was coming to do a symphony pops gig, the word was sent a few days ahead 
> for us: "bucket mute required."  I didn't have one at the time, no store 
> in town had one and no time to order one, so I took a white plastic bucket 
> that had had paint primer in it (I think the dried primer on the inside 
> helps the sound, actually) and punched a hole in the side large enough for 
> the top of a trombone stand to go through and set at an angle 
> corresponding to the trombone bell.  I adjusted the bucket and trombone 
> stand so that the bucket matched up with my bell.  I put a small towell in 
> the bucket, and the sound was quite nice.  Fits in my mute bag, and could 
> wrap up other things in the towell and keep in the bucket.
> I proudly set up my home-made bucket mute at the Vereen rehearsal.  But, 
> oddly, but there were no "bucket mute" indications in any of the music, 
> and not a word from the conductor about using it!
> I was so disappointed, but I brought it home and put it on my utilty room 
> shelf, where my wife saw it and promptly through it out!  But I made 
> another, labeled it "RAY'S BUCKET MUTE" on the shelf so it won't get 
> thrown out again at home, and have used it a few times.
> Raymond Horton
> Bass Trombonist
> Louisville Orchestra
> Chris Tune wrote:
>> Maybe if you design a bucket mute, which is actually oval.  AND about ten 
>> feet long. . . then this is quite possible.  Of course most of the 
>> leaders I know wouldn't like the look of the mute.
>> It would stop the others from saying "forget the bucket".  This would be 
>> too big to forget about!

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