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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).


Musical Instruments

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
made:  London 
Date made
before 1930
Additional date information
before 1930 

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

Related objects
part of valve trumpet (M30-1993) part of the same set:  valve trumpet (object-16113)
Related subjects
object name (Horniman Ethno.): mutes
material: glass
material: leather

Record created 1999-12-26 by GWERE
Record last updated 2016-10-10 by XGVIEWS

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