Until the 20th century, the only brass mute in common use was the straight mute. In the early years of jazz, many players began experimenting with the sound qualities that could be produced by muffling or muting the instrument with a variety of objects. Beer glasses and water glasses had been a popular choice with early jazz players such as Joe 'King' Oliver and the trombonist Jack Teagarden. This mute was aimed at British jazz players, who were keen to imitate the effect.
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Glass mute for a trumpet in jelly-mould shape, with leather binding around the rim. Label reads: BOOSEY & Co. LTD./295 REGENT STREET/LONDON/W1. Bought by the Horniman Museum as part of a set with the Clippertone trumpet (M30-1993).
1 item (description level: part)
- Broad category
- Musical Instruments, Aerophone component
- Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name: mute
classified as: Glass trumpet mute
object name (Horniman Ethno.): mute (sound device component)
common name: mute
- Additional maker information
maker: Boosey & Co.
- London, England, UK, Western Europe, Europe
- Additional place information
- Date made
- before 1930
- Additional date information
- Materials & techniques
- glass; leather
- Additional material & technique information
material: leather (overall)
material: glass (overall)
- overall: 60 x 90 mm
- Additional measurement information
overall: 60 x 90 mm
- Record created 1999-12-26 by GWERE
- Record last updated 2016-10-10 by XGVIEWS
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