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I live in an apartment. For the past few months I have rented out a storage unit to practice. I saw a cloth ring like mute system along with a second matching cloth system that you put on top of it. Do these things really work and allow you to play in an apartment without bothering the neighbors? I would love to be able to play at home without creating a disturbance.
 

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I think you will get the same results putting a kitchen towell in the bell. I often do that in the evening, not to far in so you can still play a reasonable low C. Forget the bell notes, won't work. You still have to play soft but every little bit helps in an apartment in the evening.
 

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I always wondered about that gig bag that doubles as a mute. It seems like it would be really uncomfortable.
 

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I just bought a Selma 3 in 1 sax mute and a stars & stripes (regular mute) on Ebay. I put the stars and stripes in first on my alto or tenor, then I place the 3 in 1 on top. I am very pleased with the amount of volume reduction. I had tried the towel for a while, it was too much of a headache. I tried a few stuffed animals, they worked ok. Also tried the toilet paper trick someone mentioned somewhere else (LOL), not very effective. I'm very happy with what I'm using now. I'm thinking of trying the new Selma mini mute box since I like to record.
 

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I'm wondering why someone hasn't tried amplified noise canceling technology to create an amplified reverse wave mute to reduce sound.
 

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Empty out a good sized closet, and get some cardboard egg flats -you know the things you get 18 or more eggs in a flat from the grocery- enough to cover the walls from ceiling to floor. You can get them from a dairy or chicken farm. Tack the egg goodies to the wall, get yourself a portable light source, and maybe then you'll have a private practice room. Best part is, you'll sound like "bird":D hahahaha

Maybe not practical for where you live/how much stuff you have stuffed in your closets, but I did this in college, and it worked extremely well.....

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ps, carpet or foam mattress pads work as well.....
 
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