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Denis Wick practice mutes are perhaps the best teaching aid ever invented. Not only do they fulfill the need for the in-tune painless practice, so essential in the development of every young player and an indispensable "hotel mute" for the professional, but they also make possible an enormous improvement in tone quality using the entire vital capacity as a vibrating air column by opening the throat spaces through playing loudly in the low register.
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Comments about Denis Wick DW5528 Bass Trombone Practice Mute:
In my early bass years, this mute helped my sound tremendously! The resistance really forces you to open up your throat and play with lots of air - especially in the lower register. I still use it as a warm-up tool (just blowing through the horn without worrying about what's coming out of the bell). For me, though, constant use caused some bad articulation habits. It's a pretty heavy metal mute that likes to work loose and fall out of the bell. It IS really quiet, but because of its stuffiness, I would NOT recommend it as a practice aid.