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Although this mute is just cheap, it is of poor quality also. There is lots of excess flashing remaining from the moulding process which is hard to trim, but worse, it smells. A very strong artificial rubber smell. I am sorry to say this not going in my case but in the bin. I am unable to recommend this product.
I am a total beginner when it comes to playing violin and purchased this in the hopes that it would save my wife and daughter's ears from absolute devastation. This practice mute is about as good at dampening the sound of the violin as putting a light sheet over your ears to evade the sound of a blood curdling scream of a toddler. Alright, it works slightly better than that. If the volume level of a standard violin is a 10, this mute will reduce the volume to a 9.5. While technically not a lie that it dampens the sound, it simply doesn't do it to a great enough effect that I would recommend anyone else buy it. Now I just have to hope trying to learn to play violin is not going to end in divorce.
It works like a proper mute, HOWEVER, it comes with a strong industrial burnt rubbery, oily scent. I've tried to washing with detergents, soaking in vinegar, exposing it in UV. None of those method worked. I cannot practice for more than 5 minutes else I get a horrible headache and would end up throwing up. This is especially worse since the bridge is right in front of my face when I am playing. Who knows what kind of long term health damage has been done already.
I used this plastic mute for a short time but it just deadened the sound quality too much so I stopped using it and woke up half the neighborhood. I then found a higher quality mute (~$15) that was made in rubber encased steel. It is AMAZING, so much better than this little toy. I recommend you get a better quality mute instead of this junk.
We've owned this practice mute for over a month now. After unwrapping it, it immediately filled the room with an awful toxic smell, like new car tires. We've tried everything, washing it and leaving it outdoors, and it still smells. I'd recommend going with a different brand.
When I took this out of the package, I thought the smell would go away in a few days, but even after washing it with dish soap the smell stayed. It smells like a new car tire, like sticking your head in the center of that tire and breathing deeply. It works okay, a little too muted if you ask me. I had a smaller mute ages ago and it worked perfectly. I regret buying this.
Don't buy this, it sucks. It does not mute my violin. I thought I'd save a few bucks by searching for a mute online, but I've wasted my money instead. With this mute on, my violin is still way too loud for me to play while my parents are asleep. It's literally a flimsy piece of rubber and easily the worst mute I have ever purchased. Please, please, please, go to a music store and pick out a mute in person.
I put the mute on my violin, but it didn’t make it notably quieter. I looked up how to put it on, but with the same results. My violin is 4/4. It got great reviews, but didn’t work for me. It’s currently in the garbage.
I recently purchased this mute to avoid waking up neighbors and roommates, I was expecting it to perform a miracle and sadly it failed to do so. The volume is exactly identical to no mute at all, it doesnt even fit on the bridge properly and for the money, I was expecting a little more quality. I would never in my lifetime recommend this to any serious musician or any musician for that fact, buy one from a legit website or something.
This is the worst purchase I have ever made. Mine is lopsided, but i very highly doubt it could be affective even if it wasn't. it "mutes" some strings but not others and shifts around uncontrollably. When it sometimes does "mute" a string or two, they don't sound muted, just extra bad. This product is very much worse than useless as a violin mute. I feel like I've been scammed!