The Fiddlerman Iron Violin Practice Mute is a rubber coated mute, made in two pieces. With this mute you will retain the sound quality, while dampening the sound significantly. This mute is unique with its beautiful walnut wood look finish.
Material: Iron covered with a thin layer of rubber
Dimensions: 55mm wide, 28mm tall, opening for bridge is 3mm
Weight: 65 grams
Use: Place the mute on the bridge, over the strings. Knock gently with one finger to make the mute grip the bridge and retain a good fit and position when you play.
My shipment came quickly and accurately and the mute itself is very effective. Reduces the volume greatly while keeping some tone and looking nice while doing it.
The mute was delivered in a timely manner and is exactly as advertised.
I wouldn't call this a mute. I'd call it a muffle. It kills the sound, weighs far more than it should, can easily fall off the violin, and even damage the wood. Plus, it's too expensive. Save yourself some money, and buy one of those rubber mutes for around ten dollars. I'll be using this one for a paperweight.
Everything was taken care of quickly and professionally, got the item very quickly.
I own three mutes, a full rubber practice mute, this Iron Mute, and a full metal mute. The full rubber mute wasn't cutting it as far as general practice was concerned and I felt I was still too loud and might eventually annoy my neighbors and roommate. This particular mute brings the volume right down to where I wanted it, though the fully metal mute does a better job at bringing the volume down this one doesn't seem to cause tone issues as much as the full metal one does. There are some differences if you listen closely. This mute also feels more secure on the bridge if, like in the video, you give it a light tap it is very secure. (I still wouldn't go swinging the violin around if on its side). The downside is the same as the full metal one which they are a bit bulky and makes it a little difficult if you are trying to pay attention to your bowing technique. You can't see where the hair contacts the strings, you can still see the stick however. Overall I would not hesitate to recommend this mute for overall volume reduction and minimal loss of intonation.
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