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Tuba Mutes


Ion Balu

This Ion Balu (say "Yawn Baloo") mute is a new and revolutionary tuba mute. It is made of a fiberglass shell wrapped in a high quality wood veneer.  It has great resonance in all registers with no fuzzy, stuffy, or distorted notes. It also features 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. 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 the XL mute for very large 5/4 and 6/4 tubas.  Hand made in Tennessee, USA.

From L to R: red mahogany, walnut, XL red mahogany, black onyx, red mahogany

Detail of mute strap


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 Tuba, New York Philharmonic

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





Humes & Berg symphonic aluminum large

The most popular large tuba straight mute around these parts, spun aluminum with red trim 208 $225
Humes & Berg symphonic aluminum small


Same as the 208 above, but for smaller instruments 206 $200
Denis Wick aluminum

Nice aluminum mute for small to medium size tubas, like Yamaha, Getzen and Besson Eb and F tubas.

Made from high purity spun aluminum, 'scotchbrite' finished and bright silver anodized. Offer brilliance and carrying power which make them the choice of the world's finest professionals. Excellent intonation.

DW5518 $285
Denis Wick A106 Tuba Mute Bag

The Denis Wick mute bag for tuba is made from an extremely durable canvas-type material and gives excellent protection for your mute. It has a carrying-strap and a generously-sized zipped side pocket for essential items.

This brand new bag fits most types of tuba mute, and stops the mute rolling around when being transported. For tuba-players who are carrying an instrument in a gig bag or hard case, it makes it much easy to carry a bulky mute.

Look after your mute - protect it with this specially designed bag!


DWA106 $44