A new sound world emerges when the mute slides on: An Alter mute sounds special, not just quieter.
Alter mutes are used worldwide, in both leading orchestras and period-instrument ensembles.
The three pronged mutes are requested by Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment as standard for use in their string sections.
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"I have been interested in collecting and using all different types of mutes in the course of my 60 year career. In this search I have always been partial to leather since it has a warmth and beauty unlike other materials, but the problem is that they are easily lost.
Emma's new modern leather mute is the ideal solution and I highly recommend it since it is made to stay on the instrument and has an otherworldly sound quality. I really love it and among my other 20+ mutes it is the one I leave on my cello.”
"...I got your contact from Matthew Truscott, who was leading the violins during our last project...He was using this incredibly beautiful leather mute...Your leather mute! What a sound!! I loved it!!
He gave it to me after the project which was so nice, but I'd like to order some more. Basically all our violin members would like to get one!
"Emma Alter's beautifully hand-crafted leather mutes create a special timbre, unique to anything else I have ever tried. I use her leather mute on all my cellos - Baroque, classical and modern, and love the sound it produces each time! It's one of my favourite tools of the trade."
"I have Emma's beautiful leather mutes for my period instruments and my modern viola.
I just love the mellow sound that this mute creates, a real pleasure to use. "
"Thank you for the beautiful mutes which I received today. They have a beautiful sound that's balanced from the G to the E string. I'm delighted."
"I have one of the three pronged mutes. I love it! There is something very asthetically pleasing about using a hand crafted leather mute rather than the more usual wooden or rubber mutes. It looks and sounds great. "
"I love it- it's fantastic!"
"I'm a huge fan of my three-pronged mute - I use it on all my instruments, baroque, classical and modern. It creates such a special, warm and gentle sound and doesn't mark or damage the bridge like some other types.
" Emma's leather mute is everything I hoped for. It is beautifully handcrafted and a true example of her artistry. Having worked with Emma for years, I have experienced first hand the attention to detail and care she puts into every aspect of her work and life.
"Ik heb de mute al weer als kado weg gegeven. Iedereen vindt het zo mooi." (I've already given the mute away as a present, everyone found it so beautiful!)
"Your leather mute! What a sound!!"
"The best mute I've ever used!"
"Beautiful and well made leather mute that gives a darker and softer tone than "standard" mutes"
"...the entire cello section loved your mute I am using! As do I..."
"So good I'd like to eat it"
Bought by orchestras, and members of period bands including:
Musicale Allegria Bern (CH)