The Tom Crown French Horn Stop Mute is nicely lacquered with an artistically done cork closure. As a final touch, Tom Crown added a leather wrist strap, useful on fast mute changes. After over 30 years, this mute has become the most used stop mute for French Horn players.
The French Horn transposing stop mute is called this because the performer must compensate for the change of pitch caused by the ring of cork that seals the mute into the bell and shortens the length of tubing. To do this transposition, the player must use fingerings a half tone lower than the open horn. The sound comes out of a small mouthpiece-like appendage at the end of the mute.