Thank you so much for your warm greetings and encouragement, Kevin and DancingViolinist! Yes, I do have the metal type of mute that slips on to the end of the strings, just below the bridge. I did have a black wooden one that went on top of the bridge, but it must have gotten lost when we moved here. That one actually worked better than the one I have now. Does Superior Violins sell accessorize as well as instruments? I pretty much need everything—a new mute, rosin, violin polish, neck rest, and a good set of quality strings.