Dear Tuba players, we are very excited to announce the making of our new and revolutionary tuba mute. Why revolutionary? For several reasons: Like our world famous horn mutes, our tuba mute has great resonance in all registers with NO fuzzy, stuffy, or distorted notes.
Also, we invented a new interchangeable cork system which finally solves the continuous nuisance that all tuba players face... how to find a mute that will fit more than one tuba, given the great number of brands, and sizes. We found the solution, and it only takes a few minutes to find the corks that will fit your instrument. Do you want to use your other tuba? Quickly change the corks, and your new mute will fit your other instrument.
We recommend for the very large tubas ( 5/4, 6/4) our XL mutes.
You will receive your Balu tuba mute with 3 cork sizes, from which you can find the perfect size for your tuba.
For easy handling, your tuba mute will have attached a sturdy handle.
To protect your bell from unwanted dents and noises, we coated the tip with a 1/4" cork.
We proudly stand behind our products, so we offer a 90 day money back guarantee.
"Ion Balu's tuba mutes are the best I've played. I don't need to pull out the main slide for intonation, ever! The response is as if you didn't have a mute in, but the sound is still muted. My old mutes now are in a corner of the basement, I think..."
Christopher Hall, Principal Tubist, Metropolitan Opera New York
I have played many Tuba mutes in my career, and Ion Balu's is the finest and best crafted one that I have ever used. The nature of my work requires exceptional versatility of styles and tone colors. So whether it's films such as " Star Trek " or "UP" or television shows such as " The Family Guy " and " The American Dad " , the Balu's Tuba mutes more than satisfies the requirements of my musical needs.
John Van Houten
Hollywood Recording Artist
The mute is one of the best (if not the best) tuba mutes that I have played. The pitch is spot on and it responds evenly in all registers. Also I've gotten lots of positive comments from my colleagues about how nice it looks! (...) A great mute.
Norman Pearson, Principal Tuba Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
"I am so thankful for my Balu mute. Finally, a mute with precise intonation, and even response throughout the registers of the horn. AND, it looks fantastic! Thanks, Ion, for making my go-to mute for all my gigs!"
Mike W Roylance
Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra
The two knobs on the opposite side of the handle are designed to keep the mute from rolling on its side when the mute is leaning on the floor horizontally. The handle will then be positioned in a very convenient and easy to grab, vertical position.
We added three little feet at the bottom of the mute that will prevent the mute from being in contact with the floor and scratching the beautiful lacquer.
Mike Roylance using a Balu tuba mute for the world premiere of Gunther Schuller’s Concerto No. 2 for Tuba.
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I'm just loving my Balu mute! It's the first mute that I ever played that plays in tune! No matter what I'm playing in the Philharmonic, my Balu mute sounds great, and looks great too! Buy it now! you won't be disappointed!
Alan Baer, Principal Tubist, New York Philharmonic
Alan J. Baer, Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic and the horn section, using
their Balu mutes for the Strauss' Alpine Symphony. Thank you for the picture, Alan!