Slide on Viola Mute

Item # : 1163


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Wire with plastic roller.

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.


Slide On Viola Mute

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3/27/2020 6:35:00 pm

I long for the good old days.

I've had a couple of these, and I agree with the other review totally. The 2nd was was very inferior to the first and is now in two pieces in my case. Too bad, because they are so easy to use. I then tried a Tourte mute and it keeps falling off of my viola. So I'm trying a Glaesel 2-hole mute which I bought before the Tourte, but was told that it was inferior. I have a performance tomorrow and hope it does the job. I'll practice with it in a little while and see how it goes.

2/24/2010 3:23:00 pm


I had one of these for years (& I mean years!), it worked for me. Quick on & off, muted just fine for my needs. Couldn't find the one I'd had so I bought another, as I was happy with this style. Let's just say, they don't make them like they used to. It's flimsy and doesn't mute worth a darn. Find something else.