Tourte Original Mute for Violin or Viola - Single


Tourte Original Mute for Violin or Viola - Single

Sale price$1.85
SKU: 1305
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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. A small pin on the top makes it easy to remove and slide down the string when not in use. Used for chamber music, orchestra and personal practice - light muting level. Original: Not a Copy! Fits 4/4 - 1/8 size.

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Sean W
Good product!

It does what it is supposed to do.


It's been a month after order but I have not received it!

great mute

"pros: mutes well, good tone when muted, flexible rubber
cons: squeaky on/off, sometimes leaves black marks on bridge"


my teacher has one ive used it and it works great the slip off when not in use is relly handy

great mute

pros: mutes well, good tone when muted, flexible rubber
cons: squeaky on/off, sometimes leaves black marks on bridge

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