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5-string mute
« on: Apr 07, 2006, 07:41:52 AM »
As I fight my damn bow, I suddenly realized how freekin' LOUD my viola is.  It's got a sounding board the size of a ping-pong table after all.  And when you're doing boring boring boring  bowing exercises, that loudness is especially undesirable.

Now I realize that a normal mute will work, but, hey, why not ask?:  Are there any such things as FIVE-string viola mutes?


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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #1 on: Apr 07, 2006, 02:04:29 PM »
Sure there are. You just epoxy more and bigger sinkers onto the clothespin.

You do realize that a regular mute will work, don't you?  ;D
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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #2 on: Apr 07, 2006, 07:45:34 PM »
Yeah, I even said so, explicitly.

But, it's so nice to have the perfect tools for a job.


Clothespin, eh?  Hmmmm, which way does it go?

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Other mute-related q:  The big rubber mutes seem to really do what the job description is, but the wire mutes seem more like an EFFECT, 'cuz they don't actually mute that much, IMO.  What do you guys think? 

I kinda like that "wire-mute" sound.

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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #3 on: Apr 08, 2006, 11:23:11 PM »
You can put them under the strings, sticking out to each side. My wife used to have a clip-type mute that was nicely made of metal, like a streamlined clothespin with blue velvet padding to grip the bridge. She would move it around for different sounds.

Just plain clothespins only mute the sound so far; I'm serious about adding weight to their jaws, if you want to get closer to a practice mute effect.

I'm trying to remember if I copied and pasted your own words into my wiseacre question, or not...  ;D


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Whoops, just found it in her double case: the padding is thick felt, and purplish. It sticks out above the curved jaws, so you can jam the felt up against the near end of the strings or not, for a range of different sounds. It's stamped "PAT. DEC.10.95" and a whole lot older than ten or eleven years... looks like something from the horse-and-buggy days to me. I just snapped a pic, will see if I can put it up soon...
« Last Edit: Apr 09, 2006, 05:36:03 PM by beeswing »
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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #4 on: Apr 11, 2006, 03:52:05 PM »
and here it is:

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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #5 on: Apr 11, 2006, 06:57:40 PM »
Interesting!  I never saw one like that before.  Big pic very helpful.

Is this type of mute common?  All I've ever seen is the small wire that lives on the fiddle and the big (ugly) rubber type.  (Which is only for fetishists in public.)(I'm just sayin'.)

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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #6 on: Apr 11, 2006, 09:00:33 PM »
I don't hang with massed violin sections much, but that's the only one like that I've ever seen. I believe the patent is from 1895...
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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #7 on: Apr 11, 2006, 09:05:54 PM »
Cool!  or kUuL!  Where did she find it?

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Re: 5-string mute
« Reply #8 on: Apr 12, 2006, 03:57:49 AM »
She's had it so long she doesn't remember. Maybe Stacey Styles' shop?
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