Tuba Mute Endorsements

Here is what professionals have to say about our mutes!

Alan Baer – Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic

“I’m just loving my Balu mute! It’s the first mute that I ever played that plays in tune! No matter what I’m playing in the Philharmonic, my Balu mute sounds great, and looks great too! Buy it now! You won’t be disappointed!

Christopher Hall – Principal Tubist of the Metropholitan Opera New York

“Ion Balu’s tuba mutes are the best I’ve played. I don’t need to pull out the main slide for intonation, ever! The response is as if you didn’t have a mute in, but the sound is still muted. My old mutes are now in a corner of the basement, I think…”

John Van Houten – Hollywood Recording Artist

“I have played many Tuba mutes in my career, and Ion Balu’s is the finest and best crafted one that I have ever used. The nature of my work requires exceptional versatility of styles and tone colors. So whether it’s films such as ‘Star Trek’ or ‘Up’ or television shows such as ‘The Family Guy’ and ‘The American Dad’, the Balu’s Tuba mute more than satisfies the requirements of my musical needs.”

Visit Mr. Van Hauten on his website at www.johnvanhoutentuba.com.

Norman Pearson – Principal Tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra

“The mute is one of the best (if not the best) tuba mutes I have played. The pitch is spot on and it responds evenly in all registers. Also, I’ve gotten lots of positive comments from my colleagues about how nice is looks! (…) A great mute!”

Mike W Roylance – Principal Tubist of the Boston Symphony Orchestra

“I am so thankful for my Balu mute. Finally, a mute with precise intonation, and even response throughout the registers of the horn. AND, it looks fantastic! Thanks, Ion, for making my go to mute for all my gigs.”