Tools4Winds launches new line of trombone mutes
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Rotterdam-based French horn player Richard Speetjens, who runs Tools4Winds, has just launched a new line of wooden mutes for tenor, bass, and contrabass trombones. Endorsed by Richard Speetjens colleague Ben van Dijk, who plays bass trombone in the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra with him, these mutes boast a completely revolutionary design. Ben van Dijk says:
Dear friends, I had the opportunity to help develop a new line of mutes for the trombone. My colleague, Richard Speetjens, French horn player in the Rotterdam Philharmonic asked my to help. I can tell you the result is absolutely super. It is a line of wooden mutes for tenor, bass, and contrabass trombone. The new shape of the mute together with the special work on the wood and the small wholes at the side of these mutes make them play so easily. The complete register of the trombone is as easy to play as I have never been able to do on any other mute. Besides that, the sound of the mute is just great and it is so light and easy to handle. Especially for the late Romantic repertoire, these mutes are the solution to many problems. Last week I had to play the complete Miraculous Mandarin ballet and it was just great to play it on this mute. The more than 20 glissandi from low B to F and back I had to play were for the first time in my life no problem! But also the famous glissandi in the higher register just sounded great. The reactions of colleagues from other orchestras who tried the mutes are all positive and here in Holland, but also in Germany some of the leading orchestra already use them! The mutes are for sale at the Tool4Winds website: http://www.tools4winds.com I really recommend these new mutes!
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