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On the plus side, it hellof mutes. My pfetchner is almost as quiet as my e-violin with this clipped on. If you've got basic control of your bow and tone, you can certainly practice with this thing. Even in an apartment.
Tone-wise, well of course it is terrible. The window where you even get a sound is narrower, too (see above about needing a few months of bow technique before you start clipping a mute on).
On the downside, it is metal. And the reason I've dinged it a star is because it dinged my bridge. On closer inspection none of the edges are properly dressed, and there were several rough and almost-sharp edges.
This mutes is very small for a regular 4/4 violin bridge and when you put it is does not go deeper int the bridge when you start playing it just fall from the bridge making it very dangerous for quality violins. It felt one time and almost damage the varnish of my violin. This heavy useless poor designed mute that may work only for small instruments.
The worst mute I have ever seen. The wedge gaps where the mute rests on the bridge are so wide that it wouldn’t even fit a cello bridge. Just watch the video to see what I’m talking about. I returned for refund so I can buy a mute at Sharmusic
Now I can practice late into the night and not disturb the slumber of my loved ones (or during the day while I struggle with a particularly difficult piece. This really mutes the sound quite well. You can't hear the violin from more than about 6 to 10 feet away. It does dampen the beautiful acoustics of the violin too however, but it is excellent for practicing. Simply rest this on your violin's bridge and you are set for practicing just about anywhere at anytime! This is the only mute I have tried so I don't know if there are better ones out there, but I absolutely love this one.
My son has a 1/8 size violin and we travel often so we needed a way to help muffle the sound when practicing in hotel rooms, on the camper, etc.. It's hard to find a mute specifically for smaller size violins but this one worked perfectly! It fits with just enough room to spare so it doesn't touch the strings. I definitely recommend it for on the road or anytime you need a quieter practice!
Sturdy, strong metal - this will last us through many violins.
My daughter says it mutes quite well and it has definitely afforded me some sleep when she uses it. However she said it does take careful placement on the bridge so that all strings are muted equally. She doesn't like, though, that it leaves an indent in her bridge from the pressure needed to be applied to mute the strings.Otherwise, it does seems to fit her particular bridge and doesn't fall off as some other people have experienced.
I REALLY love this practice mute! I am a beginner, and I have been trying out a rubber coated metal mute for the past few weeks. Problem was, it was so damn tall, that it made it really hard to see the place where I needed to place my bow. This metal mute is a lot shorter, so I can see over it WAY better! It also does a really great job of reducing the volume of the sound without making it sound different. Its quiet enough, so my husband (who is working from home right now) doesn’t run away screaming until I learn all of the proper notes, and better bow control. It also seems to grip on pretty well, maybe even better than my rubber coated metal one. I’d suggest that you just don’t turn your violin sideways, or move the violin around violently, just in case. ;)
There needs to be a way to tighten the device to a thin bridge. I am going to try aluminum foil but I did not expect to have this problem. I've used this type of mute before but from a different manufacturer and on a different bridge and it worked great for quiet practice.