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bohlinghaus
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April 11, 2012 - 11:04 am
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Hi All

 

I have a question about mutes, specifically metal mutes. My violin is 4/4 and has a little meaty bridge. It is kind of thick. I looked at a replacement bridge, and it is the same. Anyway, I thought I would get a mute and all the music store had was a metal mute. The problem was it would not fit on my bridge. It would not slide down on the bridge all the way, only my a 1/4 of the way, it was too tight otherwise.

 

So, do mutes come in different sizes? Is my bridge too big? Can I get a thinner bridge?

 

Thanks

 

James

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April 11, 2012 - 11:28 am
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Try this:

http://fiddlershop.com/Accesso.....ute-Violin

 

I have one for my 4/4 violin and my daughter uses one on her 1/2 violin.

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I use the rubber mute. I can push it all the way down on the bridge to really deaden the noise, or just a little bit on the bridge to keep the sound, but mute it just a bit. How much I mute depends on who is in the house and what is going on.

 

I'm on of those "I don't care what my people think, I'm going to play!" type of people and tend to annoy the children by sitting in the living room bowing away while they are trying to play a game on the tv. When it comes to the husband, though, I get terribly embarrassed to play in front of him and mute it as much as possible. Not sure why...embarassed

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I would say your bridge is way too thick because mutes are one size fits all! You can maybe use a sandpaper to thin it down a little but our pro here will surely give a better advice. I use a rubber mute... well no I lied! I bought a rubber mute but never use it because I usually practice at hours where my 30 min won't annoy anyone for too long LOL

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I use a rubber one either. No problem. I have a cheap violin and it has a VERY thick bridge. 

Welcome to the forum, by the way =) birthday_balloon

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April 12, 2012 - 7:12 pm
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The heavy steel mutes rarely go down that far on the bridge though your bridge would probably greatly benefit by being properly thinned out.
The rubber mutes can usually be slid all the way down.

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FM,,, I have a question about mutes.  Is there such a thing as a "concert" mute ?

 

                                        dunno

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April 12, 2012 - 10:04 pm
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Not so much a concert mute but a mute that everyone uses when mutes are called for in orchestra and chamber music. It's more a mute that changes the effect slightly compared to a practice mute.
The most common one is the tourte's
Check out the first two on this link:
http://fiddlershop.com/Accesso.....ies1/Mutes

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Told ya Fiddlestix tongue but you did well to ask a pro!

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@ NoirVelours,,,, I wasn't doubting what you told me, I just asked him basically what they were, is what I meant.embarassed

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