From Bernardo B
Posted May 23, 2007 at 10:31 PM
To take the mute out of muting position, just slide it toward the tailpiece.
I found two disadvantages with these kinds of mutes:
(1) they suppress some contribution of the string afterlengths and the tailpiece "assemblyy" to instrument resonance.
(2) They tend to wear out the string windings because of sliding the mute on them.
Make sure the plastic part is attached to the prongs. While installing the mute the plastic thingie shouldn't dislodge. Slip the mute over your A so that the angled edge is under your string and the straight edge is on top of the string, sitting right beside it (on the outside). Then pull the other side gently around the D so that the angular part grabs under the D.
Normally I prefer the tourte, but I found that the wire one helps eliminate a wolftone I have way up on my G string. An added plus.
oh and, with my wire mute, the metal parts in the plastic piece (great description right?) started to drift to one side, producing an uneven sound when muted, and evetually the whole thing started to come undone.
The spector mute doesn't have any of these problems, as it is one piece of plastic, like a tourte mute, only better since it stays firmly in place on the string when not in use (no rattle).
Here is a link to a picture of the spector mute in action:
My own experience has been that my strings must be within tolerances, and I've got SPECTORS on several violins - but the fit is noticibly different (by feel) on the different violins.
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