Comfortable throughout the registers.
Not only do general stopping mutes have botheration of the alternative fingering, but also it is quite difficult to play comfortably because of its stuffy sound.
The natural feel and well-sounding timber of PotStop are achieved by setting a new design concept that “sings with Horn”, while the others only eject the isolated stop sound from the fully-muffled bell. Along with other trustful factors such as pitch, intonation, and an ease of low registers, PotStop is just so comfy to play.
Powerful, loud, and brassy stop sound.
The design approach of PotStop is not like any of the others, and it actually does not completely “stop/close” the bell. With this and the beautifully polished brass top, PotStop projects one of the loudest, most powerful, and the brightest brassy-sound in the market. Besides, lower harmonic overtones are blended by a copper material of the hidden inner bell(fig.1), which makes the open sound become even richer and more HandStop-like.
Also as Warm-up mute
Here is one more feature we should share. If you play PotStop softly, you can use it as Warm-up/practice mute as it just makes peaceful sound at the softer level. Also, it actually has a great advantage that you can easily control/adjust the resistance with your right hand by opening or closing the top bell of PotStop.
In case you would need a stop sound at the softer level, push PotStop into the bell a little bit more than usual position, and it will start buzzing. Or, on the other hand, pulling the mute a little, then the sound will be even more powerful and handstop-like. It will definitely be worth exploring some position.
Request from Mr.Wolfgang Tomböck
The development of the new model started when we got a request from Mr.Wolgang Tomböck for ‘Non-transposing Gestopft’ for Vienna Horns. In the e-mail, it was written that the stop mute they were using had an issue on intonation and that every horn players in the VPO, Volksoper, Tonkünstler, and Vienna Symphony wished a non-transposing stop mute for their Vienna horns.
The direction of the new model
This unanticipated offer was totally surprising, but we immediately decided challenging it as we all at Best Brass had known that it would be such an honorable work to do it.
At the beginning of the development, we were drawing a special mute for Vienna horns, however, it was more fascinating for us to make a new stop mute which can be used for F, Bb, F/Bb double, and also Vienna horns. We made a first prototype and brought it to their Japan tour. Although the mute was not-so-great, to set the direction of the new model, it was really helpful enough that putting it in their horns, measuring this or that, and actually listening/hearing through their instruments and talks.
The birth of PotStop
The design of the new model was almost set at the second trial piece. In fact, it already got good marks from Mr.Tomböck, but we added some further improvements last on details and finish, and then, the specification of the ‘new model’ was all set.
As a matter of fact, the thing that troubles us the most was the product name. We finally named it as ‘PotStop’, which is composed of the mute’s totally distinguishing exterio, a friendly(yet slightly slangy) vibrancy, and the cool-looking letters.
With the Horn section of VPO
Embarking on a journey to Vienna