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Valve Oil

 

Click here for Berpbiooil

This is THE best trumpet valve oil hands down!  Long lasting and you don’t need a lot of it.  Also, it comes in three viscosities.  I use #1 for my new horns with tight valves and #3 for my older horns that have some valve wear.

Slide Grease

Click here for Shilke slide grease

I have been using this slide grease for 20 years and it is the best!  Here is a trumpet “life” hack, I only use it on the main tuning slide and the 2nd valve slide.  For the 1st and 3rd valve slides I use….

Slide Lubricant (for first and third valve slides)

Click here for Yamaha trombone slide lubricant

I use this on my 1st and 3rd valve slides because I want them fast and loose and without any hangups.  it has its own applicator so you don’t have to mess up your hands and it can be done quickly.

Cup Mute

Click here for the Denis Wick adjustable cup mute

This is the most versatile cup mute mute sold.  First of all, the cup part is adjustable.  In other words, you can change the tone simply by moving it closer or further from the bell.  Secondly, if you put the cup all the way until it touches the bell, it becomes a really great practice mute.  Lastly, if you take the cup off you can use it as a plunger mute and the body of the mute (without the cup part) as a straight mute.

Harmon Mute

Click here for the Jo Ral copper harmon mute

This copper version of the Jo Ral harmon mute has the warmest and “buzziest” (is that a word?) tone.  You’re probably never going to need that middle stem except for the few pieces that call for them (which aren’t many).

Plunger Mute

Click here for the Humes and Berg plunger mute

Yes you can use a regular plunger that you bought from a hardware store, however, it probably will not fit over a pixie mute when you need to play those Duke Ellington tunes!  Also, be sure to drill some holes in the center so the air has some place to go.

Straight Mute

Click here for the Denis Wick straight mute

This mute is bright and brassy and has the best tone of any straight mute I have played.

Bucket Mute

Click here for the Humes and Berg trumpet bucket mute

Pretty much “industry standard” for trumpet bucket mutes.  Not the easiest to attach but it sounds good!

Pixie Mute

Click here for the Humes and Berg trumpet pixie mute.

You’re probably only going to need this pixie mute for those Duke Ellington tunes like “Concerto for Cootie” but you’d hate to be without one when the time comes.

Bucket Mute (for solo work)

Jo Ral Aluminum Bucket Mute with Copper Bottom

This is the bucket I like to use for solo jazz stuff.  I don’t use it in the section because it has a different sound then the Humes and Berg Stone Lined bucket and doesn’t blend as well.

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