FORUM

Check out our Forum Rules. Lets keep this forum an enjoyable place to visit.

A A A
Avatar

Please consider registering
guest

sp_LogInOut Log In sp_Registration Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —






— Match —





— Forum Options —





Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

sp_Feed Topic RSS sp_TopicIcon
What is it
Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
Avatar
steveduf
Members
July 12, 2018 - 10:02 am
Member Since: March 26, 2018
Forum Posts: 58
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Wondering what this may be

i think it’s mounted on the A and D32C40D8B-1FBB-4E6C-8C1A-7C597EE8F00B.jpegImage Enlarger strings between the bridge and tailpiece 

Avatar
damfino
my own little world
Members

Regulars
July 12, 2018 - 10:24 am
Member Since: July 23, 2015
Forum Posts: 1827
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

I'm thinking it's a small mute.

☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆
On a journey to learn the fiddle since July 24, 2015
☆•*¨*•.¸¸¸.•*¨* •☆•*¨*¨*•¸¸¸.•*¨*•☆

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
July 12, 2018 - 2:22 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 13649

It used to be the most used sordino on the market. Commonly used in orchestras. They were practical before the rubber sordino came around. They were always handy and on your strings. You just need to slide them up on top of the bridge.
Nowadays they are not that common but we still sell them at Fiddlershop.
https://fiddlershop.com/collections/violin-mutes/products/sihon-wire-slide-on-violin-mute

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
steveduf
Members
July 12, 2018 - 3:38 pm
Member Since: March 26, 2018
Forum Posts: 58
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

Thank you both

i found this in a case and didn’t know what it was

Avatar
Andrew Fryer
London, England
Honorary advisor
Members

Regulars
October 7, 2018 - 3:40 am
Member Since: August 1, 2016
Forum Posts: 264
sp_UserOnlineSmall Online

First mute I bought was a beautifully carved and polished piece of mahogany. I just had to have it as a beautiful thing.

Doesn't mute much, just changes the tonality.

Then I bought a couple of different rubber mutes and sort of came to the conclusion that the heavier the mute, the more it muted.

Then I bought one of those solid metal ones and also an Artino (metal core, rubber on outside). I hated the solid metal one - there seemed too much risk it would harm the bridge or the fiddle or both. However, that Sihon wire slide doesn't look very bridge-friendly, but if it comes off, it won't hurt the violin at least.

So I use the Artino (the fiddlershop price is half what I paid!), but I saw a FS demo video, where the solid one was preferred.

Is it only about weight?

I wonder if you could have a solid heavy-metal one that just has a rubber "lining" where it sits on the bridge, so that it doesn't harm it, and the friction makes it sit more securely?

But if it's not just about weight, the physics of it might mean that the rubber lining would give the bridge just that little bit more freedom to vibrate.

@Fiddlerman, can I ask, please, those nuts and bolts on the Artino, are they really only decorative, or can you pull the thing apart and adjust it? If so, how do you do it?

(it's incredibly tight initially, so you want to adjust it - I attacked it with a screwdriver and deformed the rubber a little. Eventually I got it on, but luckily it was strong enough to survive the abuse)

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
October 8, 2018 - 11:23 am
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 13649

The bolts are not there to adjust the mute. I've never taken one apart though.
The way I adjust volume is by pushing it on harder or applying it softer for more volume.

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Avatar
Andrew Fryer
London, England
Honorary advisor
Members

Regulars
October 8, 2018 - 12:47 pm
Member Since: August 1, 2016
Forum Posts: 264
sp_UserOnlineSmall Online

Sorry, when I say adjust, I mean take apart. It seems that they can't be taken apart, which is puzzling.

I always wanted to be a juvenile delinquent but my parents wouldn't let me.

Avatar
Fiddlerman
Fort Lauderdale
October 8, 2018 - 1:22 pm
Member Since: September 26, 2010
Forum Posts: 13649

Not meant to be taken apart though. It's just part of the build.
Maybe you can improve on it though. 🙂
When I was a kid I took apart most of the presents my parents gave me and tried to put them back together. I think that is why I learned to fix just about anything which is repairable and I am never scared to try. Obviously, sometimes I fail. 🙁

"The richest person is not the one who has the most,
but the one who needs the least."

Forum Timezone: America/New_York

Most Users Ever Online: 231

Currently Online: BillyG, Andrew Fryer
53 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Members Birthdays
sp_BirthdayIcon
Today None
Upcoming kevoxyde, Freq, Ginnysg, lakelivr, harvestman, happyjet, fiddlinmama, 8r4d, Raef

Top Posters:

Mad_Wed: 2849

.: 2671

Fiddlestix: 2647

Oliver: 2439

DanielB: 2379

Kevin M.: 1969

damfino: 1827

cdennyb: 1814

TerryT: 1726

Ferret: 1575

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 2

Members: 16489

Moderators: 0

Admins: 6

Forum Stats:

Groups: 16

Forums: 58

Topics: 7360

Posts: 91886

Newest Members:

Vegaroilchuryic, Eduardoi, DaniilKex, Aurinadaraderfory, peggyko1, alisoneh60

Administrators: Fiddlerman: 13649, KindaScratchy: 1728, coolpinkone: 4141, BillyG: 2583, MrsFiddlerman: 0, Jimmie Bjorling: 0