What players think of Wallace
Quite a few outstanding players have been gracious enough to comment on our mutes. Some with suggestions to make a good thing even better, which is always greatly appreciated and given the attention it deserves.
And some just to tell us how satisfied they are. Besides the beneficial effects to our ego, we primarily see confirmation of our vision: to provide players with the best mutes money can buy.
We had a wonderful recording session for "The Classic Trombone" :-)))) using the blue and red mutes for Beethoven Lieder, Mozarts Magic flute and Beethoven Variationen. We called the blue mute "Vox Humana" because it makes the instrument sing and sound like a human voice … really impressive.. I really love it :-)) . It sounds really soft indeed as a practice mute must sound, but playing with Fortepiano and being helped from the microphone it will be a wonderful effect on the CD. The sound engineer loved it too. It would be interesting sure to have a kind of mute with the same effect but something louder in order to have this kind of sound for a live audience…. (we are planning two CD release concerts in spring in Poland and Dresden).
Looking to hear from you,
4 straight mutes...the 301, 302, 304 and 331 Eb: Each of these mutes are superbly crafted, give a centred sound in all registers and play in tune thus no need to keep moving the main tuning slide.
The 401f fixed cup mute is of the same high standard, as are also the practice mutes, the V1 PR, M17 and M17C. The practice mutes have an adjustable tube built in which enables you to tweak the sound. Useful not only for warming up backstage etc, but a myriad of different colours for quiet performance requirements.
I can thoroughly recommend each one of these mutes, they are some of the best mutes I have ever used.
Principal trumpet with the Northern Sinfonia
"To complement my top range Engelbert Schmid French horn -
I use the absolute top quality Wallace Practice Mute.
This is the ONLY practice mute, in my experience, that covers the entire, uniquely large range of the French horn, remaining absolutely in tune consistently throughout."
MA(Mus Ed), GRSM, LRAM
Horn player with Northern Sinfonia, Orchestra of Sage Gateshead
"Hello, My name is Skyler Johnson and I am the bass trombonist/euphoniumist of the brass trio, V3NTO. I want to express my appreciation for your mute collection and the superb variety of advantages to music making with your mutes. These mutes are extremely versatile and allows for multiple color choices which is vital to the setting for our brass trio. We premiered a work last year that required pedal tones with cup mute and the Wallace cup mute had a wonderful open and clear tone while allowing great control of the bass trombone in that particular register. The cup mute is very adjustable and allows for a wide spectrum of colors. I have used this mute for a number of different works and this mute suits me perfectly for any work we perform. Currently, we have been in discussion over the possibility of using all Wallace mutes in the ensemble and would be interested in hearing how V3NTO can help spread the word about WallaceBrass.
Thank you for your time!"
Skyler Johnson, V3NTO"
Your M17 compact practice mute has saved me from quite some stress before important gigs with no warming-up possibilities around, I even used once on the bandstand to play a little before my entrance without anyone noticing. A real life saver when you need it.
The J1 and 501 harmon-like mutes are totally unique in their sound and projection, and can be used in a lot of different settings. I cannot remember seeing or hearing anything on the market like this.
Iain: my congratulations, real old-style craftsmanship clearly made my someone that is a musician himself."
I can't tell you how much I am enjoying your mutes.
For big band, I use the "fixed-cup" cup mute and in small group jazz, the adjustable cup.
The harmon...again, two distinct uses for me...with-out the stem for big band and with, for small group. The flugel cup is a gas!!! ...and your practice mute (the best ever made!) comes into play in my daily practce and warm-ups at gigs.
This was recorded recently... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK6-4EcaSsI
I have another live video, playing your harmon mute at a concert at The Eastman School of Muisc. I'M NOT KIDDING..people really noticed how cool your harmon sounded!!!"
Jazz Trumpet Professor in the Jazz Institute
University of Music and Performing Arts Graz - Austria
Former Principal Cornet of the world famous Black Dyke Band and Musical Director of Tredegar Town Band
ďIainís mutes give our cornet section such a wide variety of different colours to utilise. The results are simply fantastic. You can both see and hear why they are creating such an impact in the banding world.Ē
Dewi Griffiths, Principal Cornet of Tredegar Town Band
Mute The Wallace trumpet practice mute is a superb innovation. It is a beautifully engineered and compact metal mute. Although quiet it is free blowing and seems not to affect either the open trumpet sound or embouchure after even a period of use and is ideal for those less-than-ideal corridor warm-ups and hotel room practice sessions. It can also be used to provide extra colours during performance, having an adjustable acoustic through the use of its own integral and changeable metal tube insert. Highly recommended!
Ian Balmain, John Shaddock, John Hardy, Ian Brown and David Carstairs
Covent Garden trumpet section
Just to thank you for your superb range of mutes. I took delivery this morning and have to say that I am knocked out. As a working jazz soloist Iím always on the lookout for ways to improve my muted playing by introducing different tone colours. First of all, the intonation is so good. Something I havenít always been able to achieve with my current range of mutes. They are great all the way down to bottom F#, with bags of projection.
Your 501 Jazz Mute is perfect for playing in a twenties type band right through to getting the perfect Miles Davis cool sound.
The adjustable cup mute gives a tremendous range of tone colour, plus it transforms into a great straight mute.
The Wa Wa mute is very easy to use and adjust, and I will be making full use the colours and sounds on my next concert.
The 401F Cup Mute is perfect for modern Big Band section work.
Last but not least, is the M17 practice mute. It is a free blowing practice mute that can actually be used on a gig. The adjustable tube is a stroke of genius.
I love the fact that they are properly engineered. You could say Clyde Built !!!
I believe you have an adjustable bucket mute in the pipeline. I canít wait to try it.
Good luck Ian, and once again many thanks for helping to make my life easier, and more musical.
My favourites? Both the fixed straight and cup are exceptional and the practice mute is a beauty, with a variation in volume to suit all conditions and situations. It also increases your armoury as a 'sotto voce' mute, in its own right, with the capacity for subtle volume and timbre change. Highly recommended!
Royal Academy of Music
I had the fortune to try the Wallace mutes a couple of years ago...I was blown away with the sound, perfect pitch in all registers and the gorgeous design.
It's impressive how they are made, every mute has a proper incredible sound and in some of them it is possible to change the sound and resistance. The practice mute and the new jazz mute are always in my trumpet case and on stage while I`m touring.....
Thanks Iain for this incredible new world class concept for brass players.
Thank you VERY much!! I'll do everything I can to send as much business your way as possible.....
.....Let me know where I should be sending people.
Thanks again! Talk to you soon,
.... I await with bated breath your cup mute for the horn. Please let me know when it is available so that I may order right away.......
Associate Professor of Horn
School of Music
.... The Wallace warm-up has correct intonation and good (controllable!!) resistance, so it doesn’t change or even destroy my embouchure......
(Radio Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart)
PS Please feel free to use my comments on your website if you want to.
They produce superb sounds at all levels over the whole range of the instrument and I find the tuning and response excellent.
Co-Principal trumpet RSNO
Back soon to you, I'll forward all the mutes to the whole quintet in a few days!
Marco Pierobon - GomalanBrass Quintet