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  1. Top Rated
    Glaesel Violin Ultra Practice Mute
    Your Price $8.39
  2. Artino Practice Mute
    Your Price $13.09
  3. Artino Artino Practice Mute
    Your Price $14.99
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    The String Centre Ultra Rubber Practice Mute
    Your Price $4.09
  5. Tourte Two Hole Violin Viola Mute
    Your Price $1.49
  6. Tourte Two Hole Cello Mute
    Your Price $4.80
  7. Tourte Single Hole Violin Viola Mute
    Your Price $1.29
  8. Anton Breton VP-65 Cello Wolf Eliminator
    Your Price $18.39
  9. Glaesel Viola Practice Mute
    Your Price $10.49
  10. The String Centre Bech Magnetic Mute
    Your Price $8.49
  11. Super Sensitive Spector Violin Mute
    Your Price $5.75
  12. The String Centre Slide On Wire Violin Mute
    From Price $7.00
  13. Glaesel Cello Tourte Mute
    Your Price $33.99
  14. Glaesel GL-3838 Bass Ultra Practice Mute
    Your Price $13.59
  15. Glaesel GL-3800 Wire Violin Mute
    Your Price $7.29
  16. Glaesel GL-3818 3 Prong Bass Mute
    Your Price $44.99
  17. Tourte Style Single Hole Cello Mute
    Your Price $3.49
  18. The String Centre Ultra Rubber Practice Mute for Cello
    Your Price $8.00
  19. Glaesel GL-3802 Wire Cello Mute
    Your Price $13.99
  20. Glaesel Violin/Viola Tourte Mute
    Your Price $3.29
  21. Glaesel Cello Practice Mute
    Your Price $8.39
  22. The String Centre Slide On Wire Cello Mute
    Your Price $9.59
  23. Anton Breton VP-55 Deluxe Violin Practice Mute
    Your Price $11.99
  24. Anton Breton VP-50 Violin Practice Mute
    Your Price $11.99
  25. The String Centre Ultra Rubber Practice Mute
    Your Price $4.69
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    Tourte Two Hole Double Bass Mute
    Your Price $6.99
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Although one of the first examples of muting a stringed instrument can be found in Act II of Jean-Baptiste Lully's "Armide", mutes for orchestral strings were not widespread until romantic composers began searching for new timbres in their orchestras during the 19th century. Today, mutes for orchestra strings are very common. In fact, styles for performance and practice purposes are designed by leading stringed instrument manufacturers like The String Centre, Tourte, Glaesel and Super Sensitive.

While performance and practice mutes both absorb the vibrations of your instrument's strings, they have their own unique characteristics that make them more suitable to what their names imply. Two types of performance mutes exist: one type slides on to the bridge and has to be removed when it's not being used. The other (and more popular type) is semi-permanent; it sits behind the bridge and easily slides or rolls up to contact the bridge when you want to use it. Tourte's Two Hole Mutes are the "standard" in stringed instrument mutes and are available for the violin, viola, cello and double bass. These best sellers are easy to install and known for their exceptional muting power and balanced sound.

As for practice mutes, you'll come across an impressive variety of models in this section. Practice mutes should be in the gig bag of every stringed instrument musician because they're ideal for honing your skills at anytime, anywhere (for example, if you live in an apartment and prefer to practice late at night). The String Centre's practice mutes come in many styles for each orchestral stringed instrument. Their Ultra Rubber Practice Mutes are top sellers and they also offer a metal practice mute for maximum dampening of your sound.

Whatever mute catches your attention, it's important to handle them with care when they're placed on your stringed instrument. Truthfully, the best way to decide which mute is right for you is to try more than one. It's not uncommon for orchestra members to have two mutes in their accessory bag - and as you can see from your choices, they're very affordable. Whether you play the violin, viola, cello or double bass, a mute is an essential practice tool and this catalog has more than enough options to choose from.
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