Yamaha Trumpet Silent Brass System
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52 of 52 found the following review helpful:
Nice Practice tool Jul 18, 2005
By A. Richardson
This thing is great if you need to practice without bothering folks in the next room. I used this quite a bit in college. The echo effects are fun to play around with and the pickup doesn't distort tone as much as I had anticipated. This device produces a lot more back pressure than advertised; just a little more free blowing than say a strait mute. The times where silent brass comes in most handy is practicing with a canned track. This is easily one of the most useful tools for the modern trumpet player.
31 of 31 found the following review helpful:
not a neighborhood spectacle Mar 04, 2007
By Dean Booth
I played the trumpet in high school, a long time ago. I wanted to pick it up again but I wasn't going to share my practice sessions with the neighborhood. I gave the silent system a try and it works great. It isn't 'silent' but my wife can't hear me downstairs and nobody can hear me outside. For the cost of a few lessons you can practice whenever you want without bothering anyone.
34 of 35 found the following review helpful:
Awesome May 24, 2006
Quiter than most mutes by far, the Silent Brass System rocks!
Backpressure? I'm not sure what everyone's talking about! I've never noticed backpressure using a regular mute, and this one, to me, feels the same... that is the same as no mute at all.
A great item for the college music major, or for the trumpet player who lives close to others (apartments)!
Worth the money I spent!
34 of 36 found the following review helpful:
Good, but not quite there. Apr 01, 2007
By Alex Lopilato
The overall design of the silent mute is pretty awesome. The sound quality is pretty good, some distortion. What bothers me about the mute, and makes me not want to practice with it everyday is the back pressure. For someone to say there is no back pressure, they are absolutely wrong. It does not allow the response necessary to play the most delicate pieces. Because of the back pressure, it is hard to get a good indication of how well I am playing. I know that I am supposed to expect back pressure, but not being able to play certain things because of it really takes away from this. I would recommend this for practice on trips like in hotels, but not to substitute for everyday practice.
19 of 20 found the following review helpful:
Silent Nightmare Sep 11, 2010
I am a pro player and recently spent some time in an apartment where i just cannot play the open horn. After being aware of this product for many years i reluctantly gave in to purchasing it through necessity. This proved to be a near disasterous move. I should have known since so few serious players ever talk about it or make any use of it. The back pressure is like trying to blow up a car tyre and the intonation is terrible. All this makes you change your embouchure to compensate - which quickly resulted in serious damage to my playing mechanics that have taken me months to repair. Thankfully may lip is back to its best now whilst the Silent Brass lies dormant in a corner of the room. Now you know why so many are available on ebay. I'd like to say that it is at least handy for limited use but i can't. If you have to play quietly a good tin mute - which isn't much any louder than the 'Silent' Brass - is a better option, but you should practise open horn as much as possible if you want to develop/maintain the quality of your playing. How other reviewers here can sing the praises of this item i have no idea - steer well clear.
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