The Mute Denis Wick DW5505 Straight Mute for Trombone is one of the most popular and best designed mutes.
It was developed by Denis Wick to meet his own demanding standards as solo trombone of the London Symphony Orchestra. He went through a long process of development, during which he noticed the importance of anodizing (which hardens the mute). Several small adjustments were made to the size and shape to perfect the focus and tone. One of the remarkable qualities of this mute, is that it works perfectly in the serious register.
One of the leading composers of the 20th century, Benjamin Britten, became involved in the manufacturing process. Here is Denis Wick's description of Benjamin Britten's collaboration.
The composer and conductor, Benjamin Britten, overheard me demonstrating to colleagues at 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 always taking care of, asking for each other, making all kinds of comparisons with other makes, and making them easier. others.
This mute is a product of particular design and development and benefiting from the great craftsmanship of Denis Wick for many years.