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Philadelphia area's exclusive representative

for the world's finest handcrafted trumpet and trombone mutes.

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What are your goals?

bulletexcellent intonation?
bulleteasy, open blow?
bulletsmooth, blending sound?
bulletUnique timbre?

 

Facet - The world's finest brass mutes. Handcrafted in the USA, one at a time, from the finest woods the world has to offer.

 

 

 

 

Characteristics ~

Each select wood brings a unique yet comparably exquisite sound. The heavier the mute, the denser the wood. As a general rule, the more dense the wood the more brilliant and biting the sound. Conversely, the less dense the wood the softer and smoother the sound.

 

Low Density ~

Smoothest and softest sound. Best choice for small ensembles. Especially fine for blending with woodwinds and smaller string groups.

 

Spanish Cedar ~

Smoothest and softest sound. Best choice for small ensembles. Especially fine for blending with woodwinds and smaller string groups.

 

 

Sitka Spruce ~

 

 

 

Medium Density ~

 

Walnut ~

Walnut has a more open grain than Maple or North American Cherry, despite its harder density. It has a chocolate brown appearance, with an occasional very light brown streak. Its grain patterns can vary from a somewhat tight vertical grain to a more watery open grain.

 

Maple ~

Maple is a domestic hardwood, native to the Northeastern United States. It is a medium density hardwood that is light in color, and has a tight grain. Acoustically speaking, it features a clear and resonant sound with particularly pronounced high frequencies, and somewhat filtered lower overtones.

 

 

Lacewood ~

Most focused, brilliant, and biting the sound. Provides maximum cutting power and projection. The Lacewood is the best choice for cutting through a big band, latin ensemble, or R&B group.

 

 

Limba ~

 

 

 

 

High Density ~

 

Wenge ~

 

 

 

Zebra ~

 

Padauk ~

 

Bloodwood ~

 

 

Bubinga ~

Also known as African Rosewood.

 

 

 

Combinations ~

 

CJB Signature ~

 

 

 

 

 

Weights ~

Generally speaking, the more dense the wood the more brilliant the sound and the more powerful the projection. It's very helpful to know that density is directly related to weight. A heavier wood is more dense than a lighter wood of same size. In the chart below, as you move to a heavier wood you automatically add brilliance and projection. Conversely, for a softer and rounder sound look for mutes made of lighter woods.

 

Model

Weight (grams)
Straight mutes ~
Spanish Cedar 38
Limba 45
Wenga 67
Bubinga 78
Cup mutes ~
Limba 79
Walnut 91
CJB 116
Lacewood 143

(Additional weights will be added as available)