In situ mute designed by Fred Spector of the Chicago Symphony. Made of hard rubber the mute stays in place without rattling.
Locates between the 2 middle strings and slides forward to use.
3 out of 4 found the following review helpful
Pros: Convenient, stays in place when not in use, produces a nicely muted tone (if not as quiet as other types), moves into place pretty much noiselessly - so far, faultless!
Cons: None that I have discovered so far...
Other: For years I used a Roth Sihon-type clip mute that worked perfectly well - except that I was concerned about the wrapping starting to come loose on the D and A strings. I tried a Tourte violin-shaped small mute for a while, but found it to be a little fiddly to get into place quickly; I was also wary of it slipping out of place during a performance. The Spector seems to strike the right balance between these - very convenient, slides easily and pretty well noiselessly into place, doesn't rattle or shift about when not in use... I recently led the 2nd Violin section in a performance of Mahler's 2nd Symphony and it was exactly what I needed. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
A functional, unobtrusive mute.
Pros: Not the most mutingest of mutes, but it takes the edge off French fiddles, which can be a tad shrill. It is small, discrete, easy to fit and doesn't rattle. I like this model, and use no other, having tried several. I keep one on the fiddle, ready for use as required, as it is so unobtrusive.
Cons: None - it suits my purpose just fine.
Other: Received promptly.
A great mute
Pros: This is a very handy and easy to use mute. It sits between the D and A strings. When needed one simply pushes it towards the bridge. Excellent for orchestral playing since it is so quick to put on. It also doesn't make any noise when moving it towards the bridge. Doesn't move when not in use either.
Cons: Doesn't quite have the same muting abilities as other mutes on the market.
A very good solution - handy, effective, and neat.
Pros: It's small and unobtrusive, but quite effective. It doesn't slide about, or bobble up and down, like some other mutes, but it's handy when you need it - just a gentle push is all it needs to either set or unset. Also it doesn't damage the strings by repeated movement, unlike some other mutes.
Cons: It's brown ! I would prefer black but does it matter. Also, if you want a heavy damping action this is not the one to use.
A very neat and tidy answer to a violin mute
Pros: Once in place it sits perfectly and slides in and out of postion allowing you to make changes quickly between pieces.
Cons: A little fiddly to put on - especially if you get it on the wrong way around at first