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