If I was ever asked to play quieter my answer would be a short… No! I like the full sound I am able to produce. Luckily, my son, grandson, nor my neighbors complain. I don’t think my kitties mind either… they stick around in my room.
Daniel, there’s a few different kinds of mute you can use. The ones with the strongest muting effect are the metal ones that fit over the bridge. I use the Glaesel ultra practice mute, it fits over the bridge but it’s plastic and has a pretty good mute effect. I can hear my mistakes plenty haha.
Also, for Deacon, it really doesn’t get any quieter than a solid body electric violin. Are you sure the volume isn’t just kinda in your head? Sometimes I think I’m too loud, but I’ve asked and the folks around me can’t hear too much when I’m in a closed room with the mute on.