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by rudabega16
(1 post)
10 years ago

tenor sax mutes

can any one comment on sax mutes are they worth it are they just a waste of money... change in tone a little .... a lot? any advice would be appreciated. rudabega16

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  1. by tenor562
    (297 posts)

    10 years ago

    Re: tenor sax mutes

    i think this subject has been discussed before, in the last two weeks. However, it was about alto mutes. They're pretty much the same. You're tone will become darker, but not quieter. They are a waste of money if you're not a pro player.

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    1. by sax_maniac
      (984 posts)

      10 years ago

      Re: tenor sax mutes

      Sax mutes are handy if the sound is overpowering for the situation. This is primarily a legit phenomenon - not so much in jazz where everyone is blowing their brains out. If a concert band has a disproportionately large sax section, bell mutes are a good idea to reign them in if they can't control it otherwise. I use a mute when I want a little more warmth but don't want to fuss with changing mouthpieces or reeds. This is particularly handy in a concert situation where first you are playing a mellow piece than you jump into a Sousa march and out goes the mute.

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