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Check out the latest innovations and gadgets for the trumpet player.
The P.E.T.E. is a unique tool to use to perform isometric exercises that strengthen and develop the embouchure. The P.E.T.E. is the only tool on the market that exercises the exact musculature involved in playing wind instruments. Regular use of the P.E.T.E. will result in increased endurance and flexibility, and for many players, increased range.
The new Yamaha SB-7X silent brass system for trumpet including pickup mute and headphone amp sees an improved and more ergonomic product that not only looks good, but produces a fantastic sound. Suitable for people practising in quiet environments, this mute will allow you to believe you’re still in a rehearsal room.
New and Improved Physical Design
Yamaha have improved just about every aspect of the new pickup mute, replacing the old model with a stylish and lightweight device. The mute is much easier to attach with its grooved outline, making it easy to push in and grab back out. The mute fits right inside the bell of the instrument. This has two benefits: it won’t slip out the end of the instrument and it pushes the weight of the mute closer to your body making it easier to use for a long time. When not using the instrument, the mute can easily be stored inside the instrument and will still fit in most conventional cases. Yamaha have also gone to a lot of effort to make the mute as lightweight as possible, making it so that it will feel like there is no mute in at all whilst playing.
Improved Resonance Technology
With the new microphone, this miniature microphone has been modified to better equip itself for the range in dynamics and overtones produced by a brass instrument. Its new placement also means that the resonance technology can be fully optimised. The Silent Brass unit takes best advantage of being able to listen to yourself while you practise in near silence. Digital technology has helped Yamaha develop an authentic acoustic environment where the instrument is still allowed to sing and improves on the quality of tone produced by its predecessor.
The Ins and Outs of Silent Brass
The Yamaha Silent Brass Unit allows for a number of scenarios. The headphone output lets the performer to simply hear the instrument as if in a practise room, and with the new mute design, it sounds great. So good in fact that it can be used to record yourself as you play. The Silent Brass also comes with an auxiliary input, which enables the performer to play along to favourite tracks while performing.
Model: PM7X (for Trumpet & Cornet)
Dimensions: 82 x 139mm
Internal Microphone: Electric Condenser Microphone
Pickup Output Jack: Mini Phone Jack
Brass Resonance Modeling: Yes
Dimensions: 70 x 20 x 98mm
Weight: 71g (Without Batteries
Jacks & Terminals: Mute In, Aux In, Phones
Control: Volume, Rever Type, Power
Brass Resonance Modeling:Yes
Power supply: AA Alkaline or Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries x 2 (3V DC)
Jo-Ral Mutes provide exciting and musical tonal qualities to instrumental playing along with near perfect intonation. Made in a variety of different finishes and materials, the scope for different sounds is limitless. Used extensively throughout the music industry, Jo-Ral Mutes are a fantastic purchase for all musicians.
The Bucket Mute provides an soft and muffled tone, which is caused by cancelling out the really high frequencies. The Jo-Ral buckets are designed almost like over sized straight mutes but with a different head with slits down the sides for air release.
Copper Bottom Mute
The aluminium body combined with a copper bottom to the mute provides a denser and more sonorous sound to the muted trumpet. With a slightly different overtone pattern to an all-aluminium mute, it is preferred by many symphonic players.
The Stratos Brass Embouchure Training System is an adjustable attachment for all brass instruments designed to improve your embouchure. The Stratos Embouchure System helps to reduce mouthpiece pressure by counteracting the natural urge to pull the instrument closer to your face. This will directly improve your range, power, tone, stamina and overall playing. The Stratos System is handcrafted in the UK from high-quality aviation grade polished aluminium and simply attaches to the leadpipe of any brass instrument.
Power Without Pressure
The Stratos Brass Embouchure Training System is a high-quality practice aid which reduces mouthpiece pressure and ensures a good jaw position. Excessive mouthpiece pressure restricts the flow of blood to the lips which results in reduced stamina. This is because the muscles at the sides of the lips are hardly being used and these muscles determine lip tension. The Stratos System encourages a balanced “floating” jaw position by reducing mouthpiece pressure and ensures the correct muscles are used. By using the Stratos System to encourage the correct position, musicians will develop an even tone throughout the entire range of their instrument.
The Stratos Embouchure System is incredibly versatile and can fit onto the leadpipe of any brass instrument. The system is easily adjustable to ensure the sprung cushioned cup sits comfortably against the musician. The Stratos System is handcrafted in the UK from professional aviation grade aluminium which is then polished to match the aesthetic of your brass instrument.
“I want one and I want it now”Jens Lindemann CM – International Trumpet Soloist
“STRATOS is particularly useful in my warm-up, to focus my mind on the basics of a good embouchure set-up. Really useful … a great bit of kit”David Pyatt – Principal Horn, London Philharmonic Orchestra
“As an educator and a trombone player, I was so amazed with the STRATOS as a beneficial aid for the chops (lips) that every brass player should have. I believe this to be an invaluable tool for busy educators like myself. I would recommend it to all brass students.”Lord Chris Jeans – International Trombone Soloist
To boost or not to boost; that is the question. The mouthpiece booster has been around now for about 25 years and was originally developed by Denis Wick in response to the Bach Heavytop Mouthpiece Range. “What does it actually do?” I hear many brass players ask. Well, to start with, it doesn’t boost anything. What it does do is add mass to the mouthpiece, thereby reducing vibration loss at the busy end of the instrument. This enhances the sonority and weight of sound creating a richer, darker timbre with more overtones. No, it doesn’t make playing easier but fortissimo dynamics hold together better.
I have used mine for many years now but am selective in which genres it is appropriate for. Always orchestral as conductors love the sound but not for jazz and big band playing.
There are now many versions of the booster available which fit different mouthpieces with alternative weights, but the most versatile and simplest is still the Denis Wick model. There are boosters to fit every brass instrument from cornet to tuba and they provide an extra option for the versatile brass player.
Check out the ‘With and without’ video and see if you can tell the difference.