GB2512661A - Rotating mute accessory - Google Patents

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GB2512661A
GB2512661A GB201306224A GB201306224A GB2512661A GB 2512661 A GB2512661 A GB 2512661A GB 201306224 A GB201306224 A GB 201306224A GB 201306224 A GB201306224 A GB 201306224A GB 2512661 A GB2512661 A GB 2512661A
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    • GPHYSICS
    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10DSTRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; AEOLIAN HARPS; SINGING-FLAME MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G10D7/00General design of wind musical instruments
    • G10D7/10Lip-reed wind instruments, i.e. using the vibration of the musician's lips, e.g. cornets, trumpets, trombones or French horns
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    • G10MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACOUSTICS
    • G10DSTRINGED MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; WIND MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; ACCORDIONS OR CONCERTINAS; PERCUSSION MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; AEOLIAN HARPS; SINGING-FLAME MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS NOT OTHERWISE PROVIDED FOR
    • G10D9/00Details of, or accessories for, wind musical instruments
    • G10D9/06Mutes

Abstract

A rotating accessory for brass instrument mutes comprises two or more layers 1, 3 that each have one or more holes 2 in them. By rotating the layers relative to each other the holes 2 may be aligned and unaligned to create different sized holes, through which the escaping air passes. The accessory may be used when the holes are fully open, completely closed, or any variation in between to affect the sound and volume produced when playing a brass instrument. The accessory may be placed upon an existing mute 4 which is in turn placed inside the bell of a brass musical instrument with the help of existing corks 5. The accessory prevents the need to purchase many different mutes to produce different types of sound and volume.

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Rotating Mute Accessory This invention relates to a rotating accessory for brass instrument mutes. When playing with a straight mute in the end of an instrument bell, the sound is already different compared to an instrument bell without a mute. However, there is no way to further enhance the effect of the straight mute with multiple choices of sound and volume. This can lead to brass instrument players feeling the need to buy many different mutes to produce different types of sound and volume when playing.
In order to help this, the proposed double-layered mute accessory sits around an existing straight mute, helping to distort and manipulate the air flow coming out of the brass instrument. By rotating the upper layer of the device the holes can be aligned or unaligned.
The two layers of the device both have one or more holes in them. These can be aligned or unaligned in order to change the amount of air coming out of the bell, thus affecting the volume and sound of the instrument. In its fully aligned position, the mute accessory makes a small difference, and then can be rotated up to the point of being completely unaligned, in which the sound becomes very quiet and non-resonant.
The invention will now be described with reference to the accompanying drawings in which: Figure 1 shows a view from directly above the device, seeing the top layer (feature 1) and its holes (feature 2) in its position of the holes being frilly aligned.
Figure 2 shows the position of the two layers upon each other where the holes are not fully aligned but not unaligned completely either The base layer (feature 3) is partially visible undemeath the top layer (feature I), as is the through hole (feature 2).
Figure 3 shows the two layers when the holes arc completely unaligned, having rotated the top layer (feature 2), the base layer feature 3) covers up the holes that still remain in the top layer. The holes of thc base layer arc not visible at all from this vicw, however they are from the next figure.
Figure 4 shows the opposite view, that is to say from beneath the base layer (feature 3).
Therefore the shaded areas of feature 2 depict the fully open holes produced by each laycr being rcaligncd.
Figure 5 details the side-on view of the top layer (feature 1) on its own. The holes (feature 2) that puncture it are not visible from this angle.
Figure 6 is similarly not able to show any of the holes (feature 2), because it is a side-on view as well, but of the base layer in this instance.
Figure 7 shows the two layers from the same angle as the previous two figures (5, 6).
The top layer (feature I) sits directly upon the base layer (feature 3) Figure 8 provides a view of the Rotating Mute Accessory Uèatures 1, 2, and 3 combined) as it would be seen sat upon the straight mute (feature 4 and 5 combined) for brass instruments. The mute corks (feature 5) at the top end of the straight mute provide the mute to stick temporarily inside the bell of a brass instrument, thus closing off any possible route for the Rotating Mute Accessory to slip off of while in use.
When the holes (tCature 2) of each layer (features / and 3) are fully aligned, the greatest amount of air can pass through them, with the outcome of the sound being the loudest and least distorted available with the mute accessory in place. However, when the top layer (feature I) is rotated above the base layer (feature 3) to varying degrees, the size of the through holes (feature 2) changes accordingly. In terms of percentages, a 10% reduction in the size of a hole would make a slight decrease in the output volume, and increase in sound distortion. Similarly, a 90% reduction in hole size, caused by further rotation of the top layer (feature I) will create a higher degree of distortion, and help to produce a quieter sound. When the top layer (feature 2) is rotated even more to the point where the holes do not align at all, the sound becomes very distorted and the volume reaches its quietest level possible with this accessory in place.
Because there arc no fixed positions other than aligned and fully unaligned, there are a large number of possibilities in sound and distortion manipulation provided by the device, rather than committing to simply two or three options. Every case in between can also be achieved in this case.

Claims (4)

  1. Claims 1. A rotating mute accessory that consists of two or more layers, each with one or more holes in.
  2. 2. An accessory according to Claim 1, that allows the alignment of the holes in each layer to change depending on the amount of rotation.
  3. 3. An accessory for mutes that according to Claims 1 and 2, allows the rotation of the layers to change the size of the holes according to the degree of alignment.
  4. 4. An accessory that according to Claims 1,2, and 3, allows the layers to be rotated to the point that none of the holes align.
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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
WO2017195165A3 (en) * 2016-05-12 2017-12-28 Cialfi Maurizio Resonator for wind instruments

Citations (4)

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US1387490A (en) * 1920-08-16 1921-08-16 Guy B Humes Horn-mute
US2248352A (en) * 1939-12-14 1941-07-08 Guy B Humes Mute for trumpets or like instruments
GB2086636A (en) * 1980-10-23 1982-05-12 Bell Robert Edwin An instrumental mute
JPS63132999U (en) * 1987-02-23 1988-08-31

Patent Citations (4)

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Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
US1387490A (en) * 1920-08-16 1921-08-16 Guy B Humes Horn-mute
US2248352A (en) * 1939-12-14 1941-07-08 Guy B Humes Mute for trumpets or like instruments
GB2086636A (en) * 1980-10-23 1982-05-12 Bell Robert Edwin An instrumental mute
JPS63132999U (en) * 1987-02-23 1988-08-31

Cited By (1)

* Cited by examiner, † Cited by third party
Publication number Priority date Publication date Assignee Title
WO2017195165A3 (en) * 2016-05-12 2017-12-28 Cialfi Maurizio Resonator for wind instruments

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