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My Mute, at 260 grams, with an adjustable arm that reaches down onto the bridge and securely clamps, is the most effective practice mute we have found. It is the combination of the mass and ability to suppress more vibration in the wood that makes this superior for cellists in apartments, hotel rooms, with sleeping family…anyone who needs major sound reduction while needing to still practice productively. Due to variations in bridge cut, low or high heart, the results may differ slightly. But you can see why it is a good/safe fit regardless of the bridge’s curvature.
1-hole mute Tourte
The Tourte style 1-hole rubber mute can stay on the string’s afterlength when not in use. You can quickly slide it up and on the bridge as needed. Some people prefer the 1-hole mute as it leaves more room for a wolf eliminator on an adjacent string. It may tend to slide farther down the afterlength of the string than the 2-hole mute. This is not a practice mute, but is used when playing music noted “con sordino.” ~ 6 grams
2-hole mute Tourte
The Tourte 2-hole rubber mute can stay on the instrument when not in uses. You can quickly slide it up and on the bridge as needed. This is not a practice mute, but is used when playing music noted “con sordino.” It can be used along with a wolf suppressor and does not need to be centered on the D-G strings, just two adjacent strings.
Ultra Rubber Practice Mute
The rubber mute is the most forgiving and therefore the most universal in terms of it fitting safely on thick or thin bridges. Weight approximately 66 grams. Fits 4/4 and 7/8th cellos, but depending on bridge diameter and string spacing. It is not a good fit for small size cellos.
Polly is a triangular, shield-shaped rubber mute for “con sordino” passages. With smaller holes than the Tourte, it is less likely to vibrate when not in use. Instead of a front tab that lifts over the bridge to secure it, the Polly just slides up and a narrow lip rests on top of the bridge securely, and removal is quick and easy.
Leather mute weighs ~6.6 grams and will fit on most bridges. It has a slot and notch design that allows two different placements for muting effects. Over the bridge for pianissimo, and pressing below the bridge for mezzo piano. You can also customize the mute by moistening the notches, and as it dries on your strings it conforms to them. When not in use, the two notches in the mute hold it in place on the afterlength.
This mute is used more for tonal reasons than orchestral muting. It does not rest on the string afterlength when not in use, so you need a handy spot to pick it up from and replace when removed. If your bridge is thicker, you may need to file down the inside of the mute, otherwise it will just rest on the edges of the bridge instead of actually muting!
Artino Practice Mute
This hybrid mute weighs ~110g and while more forgiving than metal practice mutes, it still won’t fit all 4/4 cello bridges. The photos give you an indication of bridge variations in curvature though you can’t appreciate differences in bridge thickness. Ideally you want the mute fitting far enough down on the bridge so it doesn’t fall off, and damps the vibrations.
Orders are placed by phone (518-527-5789) or (email).
Once we know what you want and where it has to be shipped, we’ll check stock, clarify any questions you may have, and give you shipping options, transit times and costs.