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

Daryl Burch darylburch at speakeasy.net
Sun Nov 6 22:05:29 CST 2005

I tried it with a different "bucket" before. Only problem was I kept 
gettin' BBQ sauce all over my slide. And the other 'bone players on the 
stand kept following me home....


On Nov 6, 2005, at 5:01 PM, Chris Tune wrote:

> 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.?
> Chris
> ----- 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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