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Yamaha SILENT Brass Trumpet Mute SB7X-2, Complete System
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- Practice anywhere, any time! Other people hear practically nothing, but you can hear yourself playing at full volume. Note : Model number SB7X-2 or SB7X is same item.
- The pickup mute combines a high-performance mute with an internal microphone to pickup sound.
- The mute offers superior muting performance, excellent intonation over a wide pitch range, and natural playability.
- The silent brass features this unique Yamaha Technology which uses the Modeling of non-muted brass instruments to correct your instrument's tone when the pickup mute is in place.
- By connecting to portable audio players or smart phones with audio playback capability, you can play along with your favorite tunes or practice with popular "minus-one" backing tracks.
- Included accessories: Cable, stereo Earphones, Owner's manual
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Practice anywhere, anytime with SILENT Brass
With Yamaha SILENT Brass practice mutes, you'll hear yourself playing at full volume while people nearby hear almost nothing.
Practice without disturbing others
Every SILENT Brass system starts with an advanced Practice Mute that reduces the sound that comes out of your horn to a whisper. You can play at night, in a dorm room or apartment, or even in a hotel without disturbing your family or neighbors.
Hear yourself playing
A microphone inside the mute captures your sound and sends it to the Personal Studio receiver. Plug in the included earbuds or your own favorite headphones to hear yourself at full volume.
Amazingly natural sound
Yamaha added digital technology to make the sound you hear in the headphones incredibly realistic, just like what you'd expect if you were playing normally. It's so natural you might even forget you're using a mute at all!
Play along with your favorite songs
Use the AUX IN jack on the Personal Studio to connect an audio player, smartphone, or other music source. You'll hear both your own playing and the music through the headphones - perfect for playing along with recordings or "minus one" practice aids.
|SB7X-2 Trumpet System||SB6X-2 Flugelhorn System||SB5X-2 Trombone System||SB3X-2 French Horn System||SB2X Euphonium System||SB1X Tuba System|
|Instrument||Bb trumpet, C trumpet, Eb trumpet, Bb cornet||Flugelhorn||Tenor trombones with bells to 8.5"||Single or double horns in F or Bb||Upright-bell euphoniums||Upright-bell tubas in Bb, C, F or Eb|
|Mute weight||2.5 oz||4.6 oz||5.5 oz||6.9 oz||1 lb 10 oz||3 lbs 15 oz|
|Brass Resonance Modeling||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Power||2 AA batteries (not included)||2 AA batteries (not included)||2 AA batteries (not included)||2 AA batteries (not included)||2 AA batteries (not included)||2 AA batteries (not included)|
|Included accessories||Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual||Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual||Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual||Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual||Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual||Cable, Stereo Earphones, Owner’s Manual|
Practice anytime, any place with SILENT Brass! The Yamaha SILENT Brass practice mute system includes a high-quality practice mute that fits inside the bell of your instrument and reduces the sound that comes out of your horn to a whisper. A microphone inside the mute captures your sound and sends it to the Personal Studio receiver. When you connect earbuds or headphones, you’ll hear yourself playing at full volume while people around you hear almost nothing!
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I'm very impressed with Yamaha's SB7X2. I live in a townhouse, and now I can practice anytime of the night and day and not disturb my neighbors. I don't use the bud earphones that come with it, but with my Grado headphones, and the trumpet sounds like I was playing without using this system. It's amazing. A hundred percent better than the first system Yamaha put out, and I own it too. Must admit I didn't use it much, but I can't stop using this one. It's pricy, but it's worth it. Your neighbors and family will love you for using it.
The back-pressure is comparable to my LotFancy practice mute. I can practice in an apartment although I'd probably avoid it after midnight. Like all mutes, it changes the feel and the pitches. For me, this showed up as incoherent slotting around the top half of my working range; I had to concentrate harder to drop into the correct slots. Moisture back-up is also an issue with all semi-closed mutes and you will be spending more time getting your instrument dry again.
Second, with the headphone amp.
Scary. Every person I've ever talked to has had this experience. They put on the headphones, blow a couple notes...and immediately start fumbling for the mute because they are CERTAIN it just fell out of the instrument. Even now, I have to take off the headphones every now and then to confirm I'm not blasting the neighbors.
It doesn't sound perfect. But it sounds like a trumpet. It preserves enough of the correct sound you can not just practice for pitches, but work on your tone and your articulation. It is in fact good enough that if you really had to, you could record off it (it's a little more like a cornet sound than a full trumpet but...when you are desperate...)
Now when is Yamaha going to throw some of this same sonic reconstruction magic towards the Silent Violin?
The sound that comes through the headphones sounds crisp and clear. You can really hear how you sound. Outside the headphones the sound of trumpet isn't loud enough to disturb neighbors. I live in an apartment complex and haven't had one complaint. I have neighbors that will complain of you fart too loud. Someone in the next room in silence would hear you, but if they are watching TV or something it wouldn't be a bother to them. I'm so happy to have this so I can practice anytime.
The negative. The supplies headphones are cheap dollar store quality headphones. Doesn't come with rechargeable battery back, but you can place rechargeable AAs. Other than that it's a great mute.
The quality of the product is acceptable, but seems a bit cheap overall-- especially given the price tag: the switches used to operate the different functions feel flimsy and don't have a positive lock into any position, the cables that link everything together are all rather thin and prone to tangling, the earbuds seem to be the kind you may find in a dollar store, and even the printing of the letters which label each function switch seems cheaply applied. Perhaps this is typical of Yamaha gear? I have always owned Roland stuff and have become accustomed to more rugged/professionally executed music gear.
Again, it does exactly what Yamaha says it does, and it does that extremely well. There are no comparable products on the market. I'm glad Yamaha has decided to fill this niche. You won't find anything better for this job.
It is a great investment for any practicing musician. I just feel that the physical quality of the whole system should be much better at the given price.
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It's 20 years since I stopped playing trumpet, and I'd been putting off starting again because I live in a condo townhouse with a condo board that enforces the rules with relish. I'd worried that at the first hint of 'noise' we'd get one of the notices the board members love to serve. With the SilentBrass, I've been able to practice at all sorts of time of day - even in the small hours of the morning - without a problem.
My wife worried that it does still make some noise (it's a mute, after all, and air - and therefore sound - have to come out somewhere) but I sat with a noise meter right next to me, and it registers around 60-70dB (60 is the same as a quiet street, 70 is like a normal conversation).
Many people complain about the earphones. I found them passable, though I recently switched them out with a set of musicians' in-ear monitors, not because I HAD to, but because I saw a decent set at an unbeatable price and couldn't help myself :)
I've also had fun feeding the signal from the SilentBrass into a guitar effects pedal. If you've ever wanted to "shred" your trumpet like a rock god, this is your chance! (Google "SilentBrass effects pedal" and you'll discover many people are doing it). I can see some great applications for that in ensemble playing.
The sound is pretty accurate. There's a slight reverb at the lowest setting, but it's designed to mimic a typical room rather than an acoustically dead studio, which is probably more realistic for most players (who aren't professional recording artists). It does change the tuning of some of the fundamentals, and you do end up overblowing slightly because of increased resistance, but it's close enough for most purposes.
The Aux socket is invaluable. I can play an accompaniment recording on my iPad, feed it through to the SilentBrass amp, and hear the backing and my own playing mixed together.
Now for the cons:
1) you'll find yourself draining the spit valve every few minutes. I can go through a half hour lesson without the SB and maybe open the valve once. At home, with the SilentBrass in, it starts to gurgle like bad plumbing after a few minutes of playing.
2) The preamp is separate from the mute, so there's a cable from the mute to the amp, and your headphones plug into the amp. The cables get tied up in knots (especially when there's an aux cable in the bag too) and it takes me a few minutes at the start of every practice session to disentangle everything. There's a competitor device that has the electronics built into the mute, which seems much more sensible. I understand why Yamaha did it - it's easier for them to manufacture, and if you play multiple instruments, you can buy a mute for your trumpet, another for your trombone, another for your French horn, etc., and just connect them in turn to a single preamp - but I just don't like the setup.
3) I do find myself getting tired and blown out a lot more quickly. Long notes are hard to sustain, and sometimes, I can't even make it through a long piece without stopping to catch my breath. Part of that may well be me, but I suspect a lot of it is the backpressure created by having a mute that pretty much seals the whole instrument off.
4) it would be great to be able to turn off reverb altogether, especially for recording.
Even with those 4 cons, I'm still giving this a five. Without it, I'd either be having to rent a practice space or move.
Ultimately, using a SilentBrass with your trumpet (or any other brass instrument) is rather like a drummer using eDrums instead of an acoustic set. You need to make adjustments to your technique, and it does alter the quality of your sound, but if the alternative is not being able to practice at all, this could save your chops.
Update after 5 months
I still love the SilentBrass, and after using it for a few months, here's my feedback.
1) I recently bought a flugelhorn, and the separate preamp is no longer a con. I simply had to buy the mute for the flugel and I can switch between the two as I change instrument. That saved me at least a hundred dollars, so it was a definite plus.
2) I've tried the trumpet mute in a Bach Strad (37 bell), a B&S soprano cornet, a Jupiter 600ML trumpet, and a Jupiter 520 cornet. It fits all of them perfectly.
3) This thing is tiring. The backpressure does get to you. So, I've taken to practising with a cup mute during "sociable" hours, and using the SB in the evenings and at night. But I still miss being able to blow freely. I've found that our local Long &McQuade music store rents out the teaching studios quite cheaply when they're not in use, so I've ended up going there a few times, but in the long term I'll probably end up looking into soundproofing a practice space or buying a booth.
So, overall, this is perfect for its intended use, and I wouldn't be without it. But - and it's a big but - you do need to find a way to practice without a mute if you can.
The little black box is very basic and easy to use, there is a volume control, a natural studio sound and a reverb mode, that's it no unnecessary controls and it fits inside your shirt pocket.
The mute offers little resistance when blowing but it's no big deal, you get used to it and it is easy to adapt to this by blowing less hard. The system is incredibly quiet, a person behind the door of a practice room won't hear a sound. What is really nice is that it doesn't have that annoying "hiss noise" that the older models used to have, I still have the early model from the 1980 and it still works great apart from the hiss and the fact that the mute would fall out occasionally. The new mute doesn't fall out, Yamaha introduced a type of rubber around the mute that seems to stick to the inside of the bell. Also, there is almost no condensation that accumulates inside the mute even if you practice for a few hours compared to the older models that would be dripping after a while and that affected the microphone inside the mute that would become less responsive.
The only negative point are the earbuds that don't stay inside your ears, they seem to be too big and they fall out all the time. You can correct this problem without having to buy new earbuds by going to the local Radio Shack store or something similar and buy very inexpensive earbud foam covers (+ \ - $2 ) that cover your earbuds, this will prevent them from falling out all the time.
I highly recommend this product, with this system you can practice at all hours of the day or night and you now have less excuses for not practicing. 😂
This unit should be part of anyone’s trumpet case gear —- novice or pro!
My biggest concern, which I had not seen addressed in reviews, was whether there is a noticeable delay when using headphones through the processing unit. After running through a couple scales, that fear was squashed. It really just sounds like you're playing without a mute!
Even after watching countless videos and reviews, I was still surprised by how small and light the mute is! The amp unit feels like cheaper plastic but it gets the job done.
I also tried connecting to my computer and recorded a bit through some free sound recording software and it worked flawlessly. Probably can't compete with a proper mic/studio setup for professional recording purposes, but sounded good enough for just having some fun.
I'm so happy to be able to practice again in my small apartment without worrying about my neighbours.