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Stentor 1173 Violin Tonwolf Mute
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Violin Tonwolf Mute from Stentor. Slides over the top of the bridge to effectively dampen the sound. Heavy nickel plated brass. Designed for quiet practice.
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I have tried the rubber Ultra USA practice mute, the unbranded 'Heavy metal violin mute', and the Tonwolf Chrome/Brass Violin Mute. All three significantly reduce the volume of the violin but some are better than others.
Of the three this (Tonwolf) is the quietest, and has a better tone than the rubber mute (Ultra USA). The 'Heavy Metal' mutes are better at keeping the violin's 'natural' tone, and are the second quietest mutes. The rubber mutes are cheap, but the tone is significantly altered, and the volume is not reduced as much.
The rubber mute is least likely to damage your instrument, and the metal mutes are a little scary to fit on the bridge at first, but there is no need to worry. If you are careful, non of them should damage your bridge.
Those complaining that the Tonwolf slips off: I believe that either you have an unusually thin bridge, or the mute may be faulty. In my experience, the Tonwolf has a tighter grip than any of the other mutes I have tried.
Note: No mutes I have found so far reduce the volume as much as I would like (for late night practice etc.). For this I would suggest, perhaps, purchasing a very cheap student instrument, stuffing it with old newspaper (through the F holes - careful not to knock the sound post out of place though!), and then applying this mute. That is the quietest you can get (without buying a "silent" instrument).
I've not found any other 'in-depth' comparatave mute reviews; I hope this information helps!
When it arrived I found that I would have great difficulty getting it onto the bridge without damaging the bridge, so I spaced the prongs out a bit more with a flat screwdriver and now it goes on very easily and doesn't fall off. It is heavier than the rubber mute and measures approximately 1" x 1" x 1/2", so fits easily into the pocket of your violin case.
I have a heavier brass style mute which does a better job of muting, but it has to rest/sit on top of the bridge and is not stable in the same way as the Tonwolf (you need to be careful to keep your violin level), and I worry about it falling onto my violin and damaging it.
Also have a large rubber mute, but it isn't nearly as good as the Tonwolf.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This mute works very well. But unfortunately it can scratch the bridge so now I feel afraid of using it again and then destroy the bridge of my violin! :(Published 2 months ago by AndresKdr
Mutes the violin to almost silence , so might be too quiet for some. I've got a rubber one which I now mainly use. Still it does what it says on the tin. Read morePublished 11 months ago by decome degu
Does the job, and recommended by my violin teacher, but find it a bit tricky to put onto bridge, v tight, but then I am a complete beginner so still getting used to everything.Published 14 months ago by Liz Adams
I love this... just love it. It means I can practise more, without disturbing my neighbours.Published 20 months ago by Mummadiva
This mute certainly reduces the noise of the violin to the point where you won;t annoy other people in the house however when it first came it was so tight that it damaged the... Read morePublished on 5 Mar. 2014 by James Parker