1. produce a beautiful sound,
2. play in tune across the range with no ‘problem’ notes, and
3. are easy to play.
By combining computer-design with years of playing experience, Hawkins mutes achieve all three, all within an aesthetically pleasing package.
The sound could be described as rounder, darker, and smoother than aluminium mutes, with a full resonance, and fewer nasal or metallic overtones (less ‘zingy’).
They include patent-applied-for features that eliminate any standing waves, thereby removing any problematic notes, and aiding tuning across the whole range of the instrument.
They slot very easily, better even than the open horn in some cases, and are extremely free-blowing.
Adjustable cup mutes offer a huge range of creative possibilities. Hawkins Bb/C trumpet adjustable cup mute allows you to recreate soundscapes from vintage straight, through classical cup, to tight cup, all the way to a bucket sound. And you can blend those sounds depending on the cup position. Set the sound you want with a simple twist and you’re ready to go. Opt for a looser fit and you can change the sound whilst you solo; imagine a call & response with yourself just from a simple twist!
Paul Mayes (London Symphony Orchestra, Royal Opera House):
“The cup mute is great. Fits really well and has a lovely sound.”