I am new to the violin therefore I do not want everyone to hear my terrible violin playing yet). I have been able to practice violin in my bedroom with this mute, and my wife can watch tv in the living room without being bothered. And our living room is connected to our bedroom. You do have to be careful with it, because it is very heavy, but it will not damage your instrument if you do not jam it onto the bridge. Just put it on, make sure it is a little snug, and play until the early hours of the morning without bothering your family. Great mute!!!