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Straight Mute: How to add a wrist strap?

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12 years 3 months ago #534 by Sarah Baird Knight
Hey, hornists.

I have a handyman type question. I've had a straight mute for decades but it doesn't have a wrist strap. There's a piece I'm currently playing that has a one beat transition from muted to open, and it's impossible to execute without one. I don't want to buy a whole new mute.

Does anybody have experience adding a wrist strap? If so, are there instructions you could share?

Many thanks!

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12 years 3 months ago #535 by Dan Phillips
Depends on the type of mute, but if it has a wood bottom, it's pretty easy. Visit your friendly local home improvement or hardware store and buy a small screw eye. Screw that into the bottom of the mute, thread some valve string or a leather boot lace through it, tie it together and you're done. You can get a lot fancier, but IMO that's the easiest way to do it.

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12 years 3 months ago #536 by Sarah Baird Knight
Thanks, Dan! I've seen others with that rigging. I'm glad to know that it *is* as simple to execute as it looks.

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