Wiessmeyer & Son
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Stringed instruments mutes that perfectly balance sound fidelity and dampening. Wiessmeyer & Son manufactures a complete line of synthetic, 3D-printed mutes for aspiring and professional violin, viola, and cello players.

What are the Differences between 3D Sound and Prizma Mutes?

Acoustic Characteristics:

3DS Ruby, Diamond, and Sapphire Dual Tone Violin Mutes

3DS Ruby, Diamond, and Sapphire Dual Tone Violin Mutes

3D Sound (3DS) mutes produce a slightly darker, richer sound than Prizma mutes with more volume reduction. 3DS mutes have a negligible effect on behind-bridge harmonics.

Prizma mutes have a small effect on behind bridge harmonics and are designed for general purpose orchestral and group play. They produce a slightly lighter muting effect with less volume reduction compared to 3DS mutes.

Appearance & Color Options:

3DS mutes come in a variety of single colors. Please see our color section for a complete list.

Prizma mutes come in solid black and white, as well as a near infinite number of multi-color combinations. Multi-colored Prizma mutes each feature a one-of-a-kind color finish akin to varnishing an instrument.

Handling & Physical Characteristics:

Prizma Viols for Violn, Viola, and Cello

Prizma Viols for Violn, Viola, and Cello

3DS mutes should be affixed to the string windings when not in use to prevent them from rattling or buzzing on the strings. The dual tone model may be completely removed or mounted using the middle slots 10mm to 20mm behind the bridge. 3DS mutes are rigid due to their closed-face construction that helps keep rosin, dust, and dirt out of the muting chambers.

Prizma mutes feature a tighter fit and are capable of gripping the metal/gut/synthetic portion of the string, allowing them to remain closer to the bridge when not in use. Prizma mutes are specifically designed for orchestral speed play where the musician does not always have the time to properly secure the mute during an on/off transition. Prizma mutes are more flexible and softer feeling due to their open face construction. The mutes may be hand-washed and air dried to address excessive rosin dust build-up inside the muting chambers.

All mutes are manufactured using a synthetic that does not stain or streak the bridge. Over time, the material will memorize the shape of the bridge. Our mutes must be used a few times before they break in and conform to the bridge. This process may be accelerated by warming the mute and then mounting it. An experienced luthier may also offer to thermofit your mute to your instrument.

William Wiessmeyer