Ullvén Mutes for Trumpet & Trombone

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We are honored to carry a wide range of mutes from the famous Swedish mute maker, Ullvén Mutes.

Ullvén Mute History

In 1946, the entrepreneur and inventor Gunnar Ullvén (1902 - 1989) started a successful music business and instrument production in the small town of Uddevalla on Sweden's west coast. In collaboration with professional musicians, Ullvén developed and manufactured cymbals, drumsticks, Popy valve lubricant and mutes for brass instrument. His Breakthrough came in May 20th 1958, when Gunnar Ullvén met the world- famous trumpeter John Birk's "Dizzy" Gillespie and Roy ”Little Jazz” Elridge at the jazz club Nalen in Stockholm. Dizzy & Roy went there after a concert at the Stockholm Concert Hall, with the " Jazz at the Philharmonic". Mr Gillespie instantly fell in love with Ullven's trumpet mutes made in Chrome Plated Copper so much that he always used these mutes.

Mr Ullvén and Dizzy made an agreement that the mutes came to bear his name and be equal to his "Be-Bop Sound" for the rest of his formidable career. This ended with him posthumously being awarded "The Polar Music Prize" in Stockholm in 1993, where Wynton Marsalis received it in his place.

Maynard Ferguson

The 5th of June 1971 the trumpet giant and bandleader Maynard Ferguson played a concert in Sweden with his Orchestra. It was held at the Liseberg amusement Park in Göteborg/Gothenburg not far from the resident town of Gunnar Ullvén, who didn't hesitate to go there with some mutes for Mr Ferguson to try. Maynard and his entire Brass section liked the superb qualities of the mutes a lot and was also happy to put his name on them.

Dizzy Gillespie with Maynard Ferguson talking about Ullvén Mutes

After that Mr Ullvén made the mutes in several colors, but the Aluminum mutes always had the slogan, "as played by Maynard Ferguson”. Of course, these mutes became best sellers in the musical world market, and Ullvén was mentioned among leading professional brass musicians as one of the world's best mutes, with its characteristic sound.

Later on, around 1990, Dizzy Gillespie gave his friend Maynard Ferguson one of his own private Ullvén Chrome Plated Copper Bebop mutes (the last one). Maynard loved this mute and used it frequently. As a curiosity, in 1992 the Maynard Ferguson Band did a show in Detroit where Maynard performed and then his band backed up Al Hirt, Dizzy Gillespie and Billy Eckstine.