Heavy Cello Practice Mute - Metal

Shar Music

Heavy Cello Practice Mute - Metal

Sale price$16.95
SKU: 1177
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Maximum muting and clearest tone. Ideal for practicing in apartments or late at night (especially for difficult passages!) Best quality chrome-plated machine brass.

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.

Customer Reviews

Based on 7 reviews
Brian Schweikert
A must have for any string player !

Not just a practice mute, perfect for special effect too !

Ronald Gardner
Advantages with Disadvantages

In hand, this is a rather heavy mute, polished metal at about 4 ounces. I tried it as-is briefly and need more time with it. It fits my bridge, and wonder if it could fit tighter. For bridge widths, a previous commenter above here suggested widening it; yet another, to narrow it — but how, and not damage the mute's smooth surface. And one comment mentioned how it's heavy weight could when loosened damage the surface in a small way yet nonetheless. So I contemplate on putting some kind of thin rubber or protecting "wrap" around it during use. For now, it quieted down sufficiently, and may do more when working with it. It sleeps at the moment in a small felt tie-pouch, to keep it from falling against what-ever else in my case.

poor design

If you have an expensive instrument, I do not recommend this. I’ve played since I was 5 and have a nice instrument to match my skill level. I had previously used this mute on a cheaper instrument. Because it is very top heavy, it fell off and bounced off the tailpiece. However, I used it yesterday out of necessity on my current cello and it gouged a chunk out of my bridge, and, when it inevitably fell, left a good sized dent near the bottom of the instrument. You have to constantly adjust it so that it won’t fall, and you can get a rubber practice mute for the same price. The only reason I didn’t give it a 1-star review is because it’s effective, if nerve-wracking.

Best practice mute but needs modification

This is a great practice mute if, using a chisel or some kind of wedge and hammer, you separate the legs a little to make it fit securely on your bridge. You want it secure since it's heavy and could damage your cello if it falls off. It won't leave black marks on your bridge, like the rubber practice mute will after awhile, and it's more effective.


The mute DOES NOT FIT THE BRIDGE! and my cello has a very thin bridge it's not even a thick bridge like other cellos have. The mute looks great is metal and very heavy i thought would work great but it didn't!! the moment i try to fit it on the bridge it barely enter the first inch or so, i don't think this mute would even fit a smaller cello's bridge because the openings of the mute (where the bridge goes in) is ridiculously narrow! so now i have to return it!

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