Each wood gives a very unique sound and feel. While trying them all is the best way to choose one (and many players will want two because of their unique qualities), the characteristics of each wood are:
TR-1 – Maple
Straight • A sparkling classic straight mute without the metallic sound of aluminum.
Cup • A dark, broad cup sound, good for symphonic and orchestral playing.
TR-2 – Walnut
Straight • Rich, warm overtones and its dark sound makes the Walnut a popular solo mute.
Cup • A nice mellow sound, perfect for intimate jazz club work.
TR-3 – Hickory
Straight • A very exciting sound with minimum effort. It sings out without having to “push it.”
Cup • A sound with a little more bite than the Walnut, but still with a nice resonant core.
TR-4 – Oak
Straight • A beautiful, subtle sound between Maple and Hickory, allowing very soft playing.
Cup • A nice warm cup sound with a little more projection.
TR-5 – Pine
Straight • A mellow sound perfect for small club work.
Cup • A resonant sound that can easily play at louder volumes without distorting.
TR-6 – Camphor
Straight • A very broad and mellow tone and one of the prettiest woods.
Cup • A pretty, sweet cup sound for lyrical playing.
TR-7 – Cedar
Straight • A clear, sweet sound, capable of the projection of a metal mute. Very versatile.
Cup • A beautifully resonant cup sound, perfect for solo work.
Alan Cox play testing the Woody Walnut straight mute
Terry Warburton's latest addition to complement his full line of brass mouthpieces and accessories is the Warburton Woody Mute. Starting with an interest in wood-working at an early age, it is no surprise that Terry has combined this with his extensive brass knowledge, experience, design and machining skills to create another highly effective tool for brass players. The Warburton Woody mute is designed with an exclusive fluted internal shape to diffuse the sound and produce uniquely pleasant sounding mutes. Many that have tried and purchased them agree they are another Warburton must have.
The Woody design has been through many stages of development on the journey to becoming a great performing mute. Specially selected wood planks are transformed into thin wafers through many precise cutting and shaping processes. The internal sound diffusers are precision milled into the wafers. The mutes are then assembled and machined to final size, hand sanded and finished with installation of corks and sprayed shellac.
Crafting North American hardwoods, applying a sound diffusing interior shape and even installing a soft felt bottom on the inside, it is easy to understand that these mutes are works of art. Each one is signed by Terry with his initials and the year of manufacture inside the bottom cap before final assembly!
French Horn mutes are ready now! Here's a behind the scenes look at part of the development and testing process. Thanks to Martin Hackleman and Michelle Stebeltonfor helping us out with testing.