Slide on Violin Mute
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.
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.
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Ratings & Reviews
Quick & Effective
This works! It sufficiently dampens the volume without sacrificing the integrity of tone. My violin still sounds great with it on, just quieter obviously. It's much faster and easier to engage than the Tourte mutes and just as effective. In response to an earlier review written by another Shar customer, I think the mute didn't work; it may depend on your instrument. I've known some mutes to work better with certain violins, violas, cellos, etc.
This is the one!
"I am an adult novice student and have a loud Lamberti Master Series violin. I was finding the notes from D on the open A through the E string notes a "teeth-gritting" experience and my Old English Sheepdog mix was moaning a baritone accompaniment during my practices. I purchased several mutes to try to lower the volume for both our sakes without changing the quality of the music. THIS IS THE WINNER! Although not easy to fit onto the violin (my teacher helped me), once there it is definitely what I was looking for. The quality of sound is great, just softened noticeably."
I prefer this mute when I desire a more brilliant sound. This mute allows the string to vibrate without deadening the sound too much and can easily be removed from the bridge in a second or two. I have used a sliding mute since I was nine and now recommend it to all my violin students.
Doesnt dampen sound much
This slide on violin mute does not dampen the sound much. It rarly makes a difference. If you want a mute that dampends more sound, I recommend the Ebony, because it hooks onto the bridge, lightening the vibrations going into the violin, making it much quieter.
This mute slides on and off with the flick of a finger making it invaluable in jam sessions where you might want to quietly rehearse a break or play along with a tune you may not know well. It does not mute nearly as much as one of the larger, bulkier mutes. It really just "takes the edge off". Because it sit on your instrument all the time, it's much handier to use than the others which are really only made for use in your practice room. This one can be used anywhere, at any time, for an hour or for a minute. Nothing could be more convenient. I actually buy 4 at a time and hand them out to novices at jam sessions who are too timid to try to play along or who play too much and too loudly, annoying the other players (i.e., me)!
It's really difficult to find a mute that doesn't greatly alter a violin's tonal qualities. This mute does a good job in preserving the original tone, but I find it isn't as quiet as I'd like it to be. What I have discovered through experimentation is that placing this mute across the G and D strings, together with a Tourte mute over the E string, produces a sound which is both well muted and true to the original. Of course, all violins have their own unique characteristics, so I would encourage you to purchase several different mutes and test them individually and in combination until you find something that works for you.
My absolute favorite
Aside from being incredible convenient (just slide it up or down from the bridge), it mutes only a little. This makes it ideal when I'm jamming with 1 or 2 other musicians and don't want to overpower a soft guitar, mandolin, or vocalist. It's also ideal if I want to softly rehearse a solo break in a (bluegrass, country, swing, or jazz) jam session before the solo gets passed to me. I've already given away a number of these to "newbies" so they can sit in on a jam without worrying about annoying other players. And they're certainly inexpensive enough. If you want a mute that takes the volume down to "barely audible", this is NOT the mute for you. But if you just want to subtly lower your volume, this item can't be beat. I absolutely love this mute!