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Denis Wick DW5505 Straight Mute for Trombone



Denis Wick

Product Code: 5505

The Denis Wick DW5505 trombone straight mute is one of the most popular and best-designed trombone mutes available. It was developed by Denis Wick to meet his own exacting standards as Principal Trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra. It went through a long process of development, during which he noticed the importance of anodising (which hardens the mute). Several small adjustments were made to the size and shape to perfect the tuning and tone. One of the notable qualities of this mute is that it works perfectly in the low register, including all the F-valve notes, right down to low B natural and beyond.

One of the leading composers of the 20th Century, Benjamin Britten, became involved in the process. Here is Denis Wick’s description of Britten’s involvement.

  • “The composer and conductor, Benjamin Britten, overheard me demonstrating to colleagues a prototype of the DW5505 when we were recording Elgar’s ‘The Dream of Gerontius’ at Snape Maltings with Britten himself conducting. He asked what I was doing and insisted on listening himself, virtually taking over the testing process, asking for me to play at every dynamic, making exhaustive comparisons with other makes, and told us that mine was much more to his taste than any of the others.”
  • Britten understood orchestral colours better than any living composer, so to have his approval for the new mute was a huge encouragement, and his judgement has been proved correct. The mute that he liked best has been a best-seller ever since.
  • This mute has a huge dynamic range, making it suitable for both symphony and jazz use. The aluminium is very hard and resonant which means the tone is very even and has exceptional carrying power. The mute is also light, which means the response of the instrument remains very effortless; the trombone will speak as easily as it would without the mute.

This mute is a product of notable design and development in combination with the great hand-crafting skills Denis Wick has nurtured over many years.

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Denis Wick DW5572 Fibre Trombone Mute



Denis Wick

Product Code: DW5572

New from Denis Wick - a great-sounding and versatile fibre mute for trombone. This sensational mute has a seamless construction and a wooden base. It is great for orchestral and band use, but is also perfect for jazz, with a soft, mellow sound that is perfect for jazz ensemble work. It fits equally well in large bore and medium bore trombones, with generously-sized corks that compress down to fit smaller bells. To ensure a good fit, simply leave your Denis Wick mute in the bell overnight, and the cork will adapt to the curvature of your bell. It has the excellent intonation that is the hallmark of Denis Wick mutes, but provides a professional mute at a student price. A whole set can be purchased for a band at the price easily paid for a single mute!


  • Great tone with easy to control quiet notes and a sizzling forte sound
  • Superb intonation in all registers
  • Even response from high to low
  • Suitable for use in band and orchestral music
  • Beautiful sound for jazz
  • Sturdy construction with a wooden base that gives extra resonance
  • Real cork which has been specially contoured and will flex and take on the shape of the instrument's bell
  • Protective bumper strip to prevent damage to bell when putting the mute into the instrument
  • Greatly reduces sound output - suitable for home practice
  • Sensational value
  • Easily the best-performing mute at this price-point
  • Seamless construction

"No other mute available at this price point can approach the level of performance of the new Denis Wick fibre mute!" - Richard Galime, Chicago

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Denis Wick DW5531 Adjustable Cup Mute for Trumpet or Cornet



Denis Wick

Product Code: DW5531

Denis Wick cup mutes have the perfect intonation that has become the hallmark for all Denis Wick mutes, with the added bonus that the cup position can be adjusted to give exactly the desired sound quality - for microphone, solo or section playing.

Essential for any quality trumpeter!

Very good quality, nice sound, simply the best mute I can find, and at a fairly reasonable price.

The silver part (cup) detaches, and leaves a straight mute, or when attached, a cup mute. This is good - two for one.
The cork parts are good, and do not leave marks, or anything like that, overall it is a very nice bit of kit, essential for any quality trumpeter! (I play Yamaha 4335G)

Will Fazackerley, UK

The standard by which others are measured…

Save for the high end such as the Marcus Bona mutes, this cup mute nowadays is probably the professional standard by which all other cup mutes are measured. I first bought it on recommendation of multiple teachers, including one who plays in a major US orchestra, and I've played this mute for around 6 years. I have to say that I still absolutely love it. Some would say that it might be a little brighter and more metallic than the old school red and white 'stonewall; mutes, but to me those mutes seem dead and this one responds beautifully and has character. Further, an excellent feature that you can experiment with is the fact that the Wick is adjustable which means that you can take the cup part and adjust the distance it is from the bell, which modifies the sound. Thus you can mess with the distance to experiment with the type of sound you want. Fit and finish is outstanding, has lasted through heavy use through this long no problem. Excellent mute!

Austin Bass , Worcester, MA , U.S.A.

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