About a year ago I switched over to playing with a pick from fingers. I tried palm muting but it hurts my wrist so I have been trying to use mutes to clean up my sound. The problem is that the mutes mess up my tuning and intonation. My last attempt I bought a Bass-Mute from Ellio Martina Guitars thinking they might work better than random bits of foam. The Ellio mute has a small mute for each string and pushes the string from the side to mute it. Should I set the mute to get the sound I want then re-tune the bass and adjust the intonation? I do have another idea but haven't tried it yet. Take a soft sponge and cut a slot for each string. The idea would be to have the sponge sort of wrap around the string but not "push" the string knocking it out of tune. I played guitar for 15 years before picking up a bass and never had problems with ringing strings Whats up with that.