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Glaesel gl-3836 cello Ultra practice mute.
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For those of you that think this mute will allow no one else to hear you aside yourself, you're sadly sadly mistaken, but as you see I've given it five stars. It definitely lowers the sound from the instrument by about 40-50%, and it greatly enriches the tone quality of what you do get to hear.
It doesn't skew intonation, as long as you tune your instrument before putting the mute on. If you tune afterward, it might sound slightly more in tune but will not be so when you take the mute off, keep that in mind.
Great product, great value, I'm not sure why I waited so long to buy one.
I still wish I could practice at 3 am, but with this I can at least practice during the day and not notably disturb anyone else.
I suggest you press up on the bridge as you GENTLY press the mute down over it, so you don't damage the bridge. When removing the mute pull down on the bridge as you gently work the mute off it.
Without the mute the cello sounds open and warm, but with it on the cello sounds nasal-y and buzzy to me. It can be annoying, and even frustrating, but the loudness of the cello *is* decreased. By how much? I'd say maybe half as loud. So it's still loud enough to possibly annoy someone. Also, with the mute on there seems to be a compression effect, so playing heavier doesn't necessary make the cello louder.
I guess this mute is the next best thing if you have hostile neighbors or lack one of those "silent" electric cellos. On the other hand, this mute is a really inexpensive solution that comes at a cost, of course.
Does the cello lose *something* with it on? Yes, but sometimes you've just got to practice late at night!
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It seems to do the trick now. My neighbours will be happy that they don't have to hear my awful Suzuki method songs over and over again!