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Tourte Original 1 Hole Cello Mute

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Tourte Original 1 Hole Cello Mute | 1306
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About This Item

The original Tourte mute is the world's most popular orchestra mute! There are many imitations available, but they are made from inferior die-cut synthetic rubber which sacrifices functionality, longevity, and sound quality. The original Tourte orchestra mute’s elastic molded rubber construction allows for ease and speed of application and removal, as well as superior sound by avoiding rattling and contact with the string where imitation mutes don’t. Used for chamber music, orchestra and personal practice - light muting level. Orginal: Not a Copy!

What Should I Look For in a Mute?
All string players should have at least one mute, and there are three important factors to consider. First and foremost, ease of use. How quickly can the mute be put in place or removed? How important is this to you? Orchestral players sometimes only have one measure to install or remove a mute. Secondly, sound quality. The goal of the mute is to lower the volume only, not dampen the good quality of your instrument. Regarding overall sound quality, the degree to which a mute "rattles" when not in use but still on the strings between the bridge and tailpiece is important as well. Third is aesthetics. Truth be told, many players consider the importance of overall look and feel, trying a variety of mutes to find out what works and looks best on their instrument. Fortunately, mutes are not too expensive, so this is a relatively low cost endeavor.

"A commonly forgotten accessory to the string world is the mute. There are a variety of mutes available with even more varying qualities and prices. For the orchestra setting, I recommend something that can quickly be put on the bridge such as the Tourte, which I use. For practicing at home late at night, I use my ebony mute because it's heavier and dampens the volume more."
- Thomas La Forgia, Cellist & SHAR Apprentice

Warranty Info

1-Year Limited Warranty
This item comes with SHAR's 1 year warranty covering defects of workmanship or materials. General wear and tear or mis-use are not covered. Non-transferable.

Media Return Policy
These items are non-refundable unless defective. If defective, they must be returned within 30 days of purchase for same title replacement only. No refunds will be given.

If you have any questions about this product's warranty or to make a return, please contact our Customer Service Department at 800.793.4334 or email us at [email protected]

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Asked On: 12/11/2020

I thought the 1-Hole Cello Mute had a slit in the side to enable convenient installation on the string below the bridge. It is now necessary to almost remove a string to install it. Is it a manufacturer flaw, that these mutes do not have a slit? I thought about cutting a slit in the side of the mute with a razor blade, but I'm afraid I might ruin it. Please let me know if you have these mutes with the slit in it.

SHAR Answer:

These mutes should arrive with the slit already cut. If you have received one that doesn't have a slit, please contact our Customer Service department. Sorry for the inconvenience!

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