About 20 years ago I purchased a high-quality mute made in England for my euphonium. The Peter Gane mute is still made today, looking just like the one I own. They make mutes for all brass, and there is even a euphonium cup mute! There are practice mutes for tuba, but not euphonium :-(
Here is a photo of my own mute:
As you can see, it is a fiber mute. The small end has a reinforcement ring inside the opening, made of wood. The cap on the
The 4th article about Harold Brasch (written by another euphonium legend, Arthur Lehman) is now online. It offers some more insights about Harold's remarkable playing.
Here is an excerpt:
Another strange - well, maybe not strange but unusual, now a days - instrument he owned was a Czech valve trombone. It was a tenor trombone - brass, not plated. He had at one time played Mantia's arrangement of "Original Fantasie" on a Navy Band radio broadcast. Sounded pretty
Euphonium soloist and Marine and former Marine Band member Arthur Lehman recollects the person who had the greatest Influence on his becoming a Euphonium player. This is part of a continuing series of articles by Arthur that are being published for the first time.
Who Influenced Arthur Lehman to Play Euphonium
There are a couple options on the Sterling Virtuoso that I have mentioned before. To add some clarity, here are some photos.
First, here is the heavy bottom cap for the 4th valve:
The horn is usually shipped with both the normal and heavy cap for the 4th valve so you can compare them. The heavy cap adds a bit more "authority" to the sound, but using it is a matter of personal preference.
The photo below shows the Amado
I have written about the new Sterling Virtuoso before, but I think pictures would be helpful for some of the more unusual details. The horn can be bought with a trigger that adjusts the main tuning slide and is operated with the left thumb. Here is the way it sits in the horn:
The trigger is very adjustable. There is an inner stop for tuning and an outer stop that controls the extension of the tuning slide. The adjustment for the height of the trigger's paddle