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Digital Subscriptions > The Strad > June 2019 > MUTES TO SHOUT ABOUT

MUTES TO SHOUT ABOUT

William Wiessmeyerof Wiessmeyer & Son describes the process of manufacturing his companys 3D-printed mutes for violins, violas and cellos, and discusses the evolution of their design

1. Raw materials

The raw filament used to produce our 3DS and Prizma mutes comprises a rainbow of colours. Using computer algorithms the colours are mixed while the mute is 3D-printed, allowing for over 374,000 different colour combinations in a mute made from 2 grams of raw material.

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We conclude our investigation of Stradivari’s moulds and examine some radical teaching methods. Vadim Gluzman, Philip Dukes and Matthew Barley are interviewed and there’s our annual Accessories supplement, featuring carbon fibre bows, wolf eliminators, mutes and lots more.