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.
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I found this mute to give a nice sound quality with no rattling, even during vibrato. It doesnt look bad either! The only problem is that you cant get it on and off very quickly, so you wouldnt want to use if for fast transitions.
Overall, not bad!
Uh, tony, did you put the mute ON the bridge when you were playing? Just sayin'.
Nice mute. Very small and ergonomic. Can be easily placed on a string when not in use.
I've seen my viola teacher play with a heifetz mute. Put it on the bridge when playing and need it, put on any string when you don't need it.
I don't understand this thing; it doesn't seem to mute the violin much at all...maybe I'm using it wrong? Can someone explain?