Universally popular design rubber mute which stays on the instrument.
9 out of 10 found the following review helpful
Pros: I'm trying this one out as an experiment. I had previously had a metal legged one, but suspected that not shoving it down far enough caused vibration. I would recommend this one over the metal legged type, although it has a couple of drawbacks. Firstly, the 'lip' of the mute has to be carefully placed over the bridge, so just pulling it up at lightening fast speed is not possible, though it can be pretty quick. The other drawback is that it doesn;t sound as good as the metal legged one. It seems to kill the sound a lot more, so rather than being con sordini and lovely, it just kills it dead. However, I'm going to stick with it for a bit, as the drawback of my metal legged one is occasional vibration if it isn;t shoved down the strings enough.
Cons: The sound. On my very early 19th century English cello (william Forster the elder) it's pretty good, but it kills my German 19th century cello stone dead. So two different, but very good cellos are responding very differently to it.
Other: Always buy a mute that sits on the cello, permanently on the instrument. The ones you stick on and off as needed are terrible, make clunking noises, are slow, and always get lost.
1 out of 1 found the following review helpful
Pros: Compact, easy to use, can stay attached to the cello when not in use. Does the job. Good value for money.
Cons: No instructions with it, but my 10 year old daughter worked it out for herself.
Other: Recommended by my daughter's string orchestra leader.