“Having a travel or practice mute is now seen as the norm. Whether it’s to warm up politely for a gig without interrupting other artists, or to squeeze a few more minutes of practice into an already hectic daily schedule by playing late at night, (trying not to wake the kids), practice mutes are almost standard equipment for the working trombonist. Over the years, I have tried the tenor and bass trombone versions of the Denis Wick practice mute, the Yamaha Silent Brass and most recently the Wallace Practice Mute. Each one has its own advantages, either offering better sound-deadening characteristics, or being freer-blowing.
The Denis Wick mute is a very good option, fairly open and has good sound deadening characteristics: I routinely use it to practise. Denis Wick now has introduced a new range of trombone travel mutes. The benefit is that the mute fits into the bell and is flush with the bell so you can take it with you rather than needing to carry an extra bag with mutes in, or put it in your suitcase and risk damage.
I do not go anywhere without a travel mute and I find it gets me thinking straight away about producing a deep open sound.
Although practice and travel mutes are now a necessary piece of equipment for many working musicians, they are no substitute for practice on an open instrument. However, the Denis Wick travel mute is definitely a good investment for those of us that are always on the move, need to practise in a variety of environments and never know when you might get another five minutes to try something out. It is a necessary purchase in the working musician’s busy lifestyle.
Advantages: Light weight, excellent playing characteristics, compact size, performance-to-price ratio. The mute is not consistent throughout the whole range but plays better than most other travel mutes that I have tried so far. It really is a necessary investment.”
Brett Baker, Principal Trombone , Black Dyke Band, reviewing the Denis Wick Trombone Travel Mute DW5582 in The British Bandsman
Changing to the DW/Paxman 5.5 French horn mouthpiece six weeks ago has had a similar effect for my playing as would exchanging old worn out shock absorbers and worn down, under-inflated tires on a car for sets of new ones on the driving performance of that car.
The term to sum my overall impression that springs to mind is "clarity".
Articulating is easy and clear. Slurs are easy and clear. The sound is clear: both open and focused. All five octaves speak easily and clearly. The response is very efficient and has had a positive effect on my endurance.
All in all, I'm very happy to have discovered this mouthpiece. The transition time from my old mouthpiece, that has a 3.7mm bore, was nil!!!
Kudos to all involved in the designing and manufacturing of the series!
Andrew Joy - International Horn Soloist and former solo horn of thw WDR Sinfonieorchester, Koln
‘As a Pro musician, I have wasted large amounts of money trying to find the best valve oil. Sure Al Cass works fine. But it only lasts a week tops. Denis Wick Valve Oil is perfect for any brass instrument. It normally lasts 2 to 3 months fine (It even lasted me 5 months when I wasn’t using my trumpet every day.) I like to use it on instruments in storage too. Even after a year of sitting in storage, one of my trumpets was just as good as if I had just used Al Cass valve oil.
To sum this up, BUY THIS NOW! Best valve oil I have ever seen. Don't be scared of the price. This stuff is that good. one of my favorite things about this valve oil is the flavor. As most trumpet players know, the smell of valve oil travels through the horn. And Blue Juice is by far the worst tasting I have ever used. When I put the horn to my face, I get that small bit of flavor which never makes me feel sick. So buy this. And buy me one too well you’re at it.’
‘I was kicking myself in the butt from the second I ordered the Denis Wick oil until I used it. I used to oil my valves ever week or so, but now I oil them when I'm bored and can't seem to remember the last time I used valve oil (it lasts forever!). I bought another bottle just in case I lose the first. I have tried every oil from Blue Juice, Pro Oil, Al Cass, Pure Oil, Viper Oil and many more and this is by far the best and worth the extra $2.’
Derek, Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.A.
‘I bought this to oil my knitting machine bed. It makes the carriages glide over the beds and is very easy to clean off after each use. Well worth the money and would buy again.’
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