Hi again William! I hope you don’t mind that it’s always me jumping in! With mutes, it all depends on what you’re gonna use it for. I suggest only using a mute if the music specifically calls for it. In performance, including orchestras, etc your best best is a Tourte Mute. The only problem with any mute of this kind is that it can cause some ‘feedback’ buzzing in response to playing and wiggle around on the strings behind the bridge.
The other mutes available on Superior Violins are practice mutes, useful if you play while others are trying to sleep or when you’re in a hotel and don’t want to disturb your neighbors.
I recommend not using a mute for any other reason. Sometimes it seems like a mute gives us a sweeter tone and nearly effortlessly. It’s tempting to use a mute all the time, but you shouldn’t. It’s a trap! No, really, let your true tone come through when you can, because any sounds you don’t like without a mute must be fixed with better technique. Using a mute doesn’t let you hear problems. It hides them. 😉