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Many developments in mute design in the 1920s were inspired by the unusual playing techniques of early jazz performers. One influential figure was Joe 'King' Oliver who often played with a kazoo in the bell of his trumpet. Instrument makers responded with the 'Kazoo' mute that was designed to imitate this effect.

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Kazoo mute for a trumpet employing a mirliton device to change the instrument's timbre. Label reads: BOOSEY & Co. LTD./295 REGENT STREET/LONDON/W1. Conical shape and lacquered in royal blue. Widest part of the cone has a wire mesh held in place by a metal bracket that has an adjustable screw in the centre. The screw can be tightened to adjust the kazoo effect. Bought by the Horniman Museum as part of a set with the Clippertone trumpet.

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Musical Instruments

1 item (description level: part)
Broad category
Musical Instruments, Aerophone component
Additional names, titles, or classifications
catalogue name:  mute
object name (Horniman Ethno.):  mute

Additional maker information
maker:  Boosey & Co.
London, England, UK, Western Europe, Europe
Additional place information
made:  Europe 
Date made
before 1930
Additional date information
before 1930 

Materials & techniques
lacquer; metal; wire mesh; cork
Additional material & technique information
material: cork (overall)
material: metal (overall)
material: wire mesh (overall)
material: lacquer (overall)
overall: 160 x 70 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 160 x 70 mm

Related objects
part of valve trumpet (M30-1993) part of the same set:  valve trumpet
Related subjects
object name (Horniman Ethno.): mutes
material: cork
material: metal
material: lacquer
material: wire mesh

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