Great Tuba Players

The following artists are in alphabetical order:


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!

Alan Baer, Principal Tubist,  New York Philharmonic


Alan J. Baer, Principal Tubist of the New York Philharmonic and the horn section, using

their Balu mutes for the Strauss’ Alpine Symphony. Thank you for the picture, Alan!


“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 now are in a corner of the basement, I think…”

Christopher Hall, Principal Tubist, Metropolitan Opera New York


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 mutes more than satisfies the requirements  of my musical needs.

John Van Houten

Hollywood Recording Artist

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The mute is one of the best (if not the best) tuba mutes that 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 it looks! (…) A great mute.

Norman Pearson, Principal Tuba Los Angeles Philharmonic 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!”

Mike W Roylance

Principal Tuba, Boston Symphony Orchestra


 Mike Roylance using a Balu tuba mute for the world premiere of  Gunther Schuller’s Concerto No. 2 for Tuba.