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I suppose this thing does function as a mute, but the rubber used stinks terribly (like headache level for me and I'm usually not that sensitive to odors). Although this one does fit on my bridge, the rubber is quite soft and so it takes a little effort to slip it on. Another mute of very similar shape I have is a harder rubber and slips on and off quite easily. I cannot use this product, but if one had to mute and had no other options, this thing would work.
I wanted a mute that I can practice my heart out without disturbing people. My niece took my heavy duty metal one, I was hoping that this purchase would replace it. It does not. While it mutes the violin a little bit, it's not enough to allow me to play at night without worrying that my sound is being carried to the next room or out the windows. Weak mute, should not be labeled a practice mute..
This mute is made for 3/4 violins not 4/4 violins! I have to stretch it to fit my bridge. When I took my violin into the shop for a minor repair I had the violin man look at it. It fit perfectly on the 3/4 but it's a stretch to fit on the 4/4 which makes it wonky. Buyer beware!!
This mute works really well in terms of sound dampening - probably cuts the volume to about a third. This may seem like a nitpicky complaint, but it smells like a chemical factory - a lot. I've been hoping the smell will fade with time, but its been a year now, and its still off-gassing like crazy. It wouldn't be such a big deal except that its one inch from my nose while playing. Kind of distracting.
it's kinda flimsy. it's better than nothing, but it doesn't really reduce the sound very much. I thought maybe it was because i gave it to my younger sister as a small gift and she plays a 3/4 violin, but then I tried it on my full size violin and it sounds the same.
I bought this because of the price and good reviews, but I personally found It's not very effective. I saw a very little difference playing with and without the mute. Probably reduced like 5% of sound, which is unfortunate.