When I was in L.A. for the National Association of Music Merchandizers, I got a chance to try the newly designed Silent Brass for horn and was amazed. The attention to small details make this one really stand out. When using the Silent Brass you'll notice that the horn automatically sounds like it's coming from your right side (as it does when unmuted) - and it's also designed so it won't roll away from you. It's fun to use. Make it sound like you're playing in a church with the push of a button... play along with your favorite CD's. Really a neat piece to own.
You want to play when and as you like, without being confined to time or place… Yamaha’s next generation Silent Brass™ makes it happen. The new SILENT Brass™ consists of a smaller, lighter, free blowing Pickup Mute™, and the Personal Studio™, which features Yamaha’s exclusive Brass Resonance Modeling™. Used together the two deliver the natural acoustic tone you hear when playing without a mute making it feel as though you are playing mute free.
The Pickup Mute™ combines a high-performance mute with an internal microphone to pickup sound. Significantly smaller and lighter than previous versions the mute offers superior muting performance, delivers excellent intonation over a wide pitch range, and natural playability. A new compact design now lets you put your instrument in its case with the mute in the bell.
The SILENT Brass™ features Yamaha’s proprietary technology, which uses the modeling of non-muted brass instruments to correct your instrument’s tone when the Pickup Mute™ is in place. The resulting sound is so realistic, it’s hard to tell whether the instrument is muted, or not.
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I don't know why I've waited this long to get this amazing practice aid. I don't know how Yamaha has achieved this technology, but I should have been using this for years.
Great mute... great service on the website... very pleased with everything!