Area of Study
Science and Mathematics
The acoustic properties of trumpets have been studied thoroughly, but little to no previous work has been done regarding the acoustics of trumpet mutes. Harmon mutes have a distinctively "buzzy" sound when they are used in performance and it is the opinion of a large number of trumpet players who use Harmon mutes that they should be dented before they are used in performance. The work presented here is an attempt to determine the acoustical properties of Harmon mutes and how they change when the mute is dented. If Harmon mutes are better understood, then a more informed decision as to whether or not they should be dented can be made.
Armstrong, Zachary T., "The Acoustics of Harmon Mutes" (2016). Summer Research. 265.
University of Puget Sound