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Yamaha SB59 Silent Brass System for Trombone
The Silent Brass system lets you play your horn anywhere you want, anytime you want, and with just the kind of ambiance you feel like. You can mix into the sounds of a CD player, a Silent Piano, an electronic keyboard or other Silent Brass, and output your playing into a tape deck or even an amp with speakers. Never again will you have to search for a practice room, have to 'stop because it's getting late'. The Silent Brass System includes the 'pickup' mute, digital processor, stereo earphones and cables. Separate Pickup Mutes are also available.
Aux In to play along with CDs or MP3s
Echo-enhanced sound for large-room ambiance
Module is smaller than a cassette tape
Simplified controls and sleeker look
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24 of 25 found the following review helpful:
Yamaha does it again! Another great product!Apr 14, 2005
By Robert Bottoms
I seached and searched but could not find any reviews of the SB59 Silent Brass System for Trombone. Well let me tell you my friends, stop reading and go buy it! I've been practicing now for 2 and half hours one room down from where my wife has been sleeping. And she's still sleeping! It can't believe it myself. She's not a heavy sleeper either. Really.
My horn with the pickup mute makes only a very soft muffled buzz. Much quieter than any normal horn mute. I have been hooking up pickup mute to my pc and using a computer based tuner, and multi-track recorder. And listening though the included headphones. Also I've been playing along with some mp3 music on the pc. Of course, you can plug the headphones directly into the control unit. It works perfect. There is a slight air restriction with the pickup mute attached. After 10min you will hardly notice it. Tone quality seems very good and realistic. It has an echo switch which adds a small bit of echo. The echo delay is not adjustable.
I got the SB59 so I wouldn't disturb my neighbors and family and I was not disappointed. And you won't be disappointed either!
I am really floored by how well this thing works. Can you tell?
Thanks for reading my review. Happy Practicing!
10 of 10 found the following review helpful:
Acceptable practice muteMay 31, 2006
By A. Kerensky
I bought the SB5-9 Silent Brass system for tenor trombone, its not so much silent as very quiet, enough so that i can practice my trombone during the afternoon whilst my 8 month old daughter sleeps peacefully and the wife watches TV undisturbed, for me this is a result. The mute offers little resistance and better than any other mute i have,i have quite a few, the sound through the headphones is acceptable, not quite the sound you would normally hear but close enough, remember the purpose of the mute is practice without upsetting people. I give it 8 out of 10, it would have got 10 but i think the onboard reverb could have been better, its ok.
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Excellent option when you need a sound-proof practice roomJan 07, 2008
By Albert P. Tobey
The product works as advertised, which I can't really say for most products with as much marketing material as the Silent Brass System for Trombone. I have a slightly older revision of SBS and use it regularly in my apartment.
As another reviewer mentioned more emphatically, make sure you don't become dependent on the resistance and feedback from the mute. It definitely changes all of my trombones drastically versus an open horn, but I won't go as far as to dissuade owning one. Practicing with the mute is 100% improvement over no practice at all!
2 of 2 found the following review helpful:
Great buy, but shouldn't be used all the timeMay 13, 2011
Professional player here, and this is a quality practice mute. Nearly silent and produces a good sound through the amp with minimal resistance on the embouchure. Because using the mute feels a little different from normal playing it should not be used all the time, but for those late night practice sessions this is an indispensable tool. Works great, I highly recommend this for all Trombone players.
1 of 1 found the following review helpful:
Works great, but heavyOct 03, 2012
This practice system works just as advertised - you can hear yourself play but it's very quiet for everyone else. My only complaints are fairly minor:
1) It's heavy - your left arm gets tired before your chops do.
2) It's easy to get tangled up in the wires, especially if you're using an MP3 player. This is a small trade-off, however, since playing along with an MP3 in your own virtual world is GREAT.
3) The volume isn't loud enough - I find myself playing forte all the time just to hear what I'm playing. I wish the console had more power to provide more volume.
4) I'm not sure how long the console will last - it's not flimsy but it's also not the high quality construction I'd expect from Yamaha.
Other than the above, I love the system (as do my wife and son) and I'm practicing a lot more - which is the whole point. One final thing, another comment I read stated that you should play without the mute as well so you don't get accustomed to the resistance - I don't find this much of an issue. The mute is very free blowing and I didn't notice much difference in range, tone, etc. when playing the music with an ensemble. (My 2 cents...)
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