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Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/7/2014

Submitter

ElderDog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Dierctly from Mike

Overall Comments


I was beyond excitement to bring my newly acquired Stelling Masterpiece to our condo in British Columbia. After blowing out a few windows, I realized that a mute was the only answer, short of stuffing rags between the head and the resonator. After reading testimonials like this one on the Hangout, I ordered Mike’s mute. Stupendous! No more picking in the bathroom with the water running. If Mike could only invent a device to help me pick a little better…

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/7/2014

Submitter

ElderDog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Mike

Overall Comments


I was beyond excitement to bring my newly acquired Stelling Masterpiece to our condo in British Columbia. After blowing out a few windows, I realized that a mute was the only answer, short of stuffing rags between the head and the resonator. After reading testimonials like this one on the Hangout, I ordered Mike’s mute. Stupendous! No more picking in the bathroom with the water running. If Mike could only invent a device to help me pick a little better…

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/5/2014

Submitter

Frank Dudgeon (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I am very new to the banjo, so most things are very new to me.  I want to try to learn clawhammer, but I live in an apartment.  I've got a sweet deal, so I don't want to bother my neighbors.  After looking at a lot of posts here on Banjo Hangout ( what a great site!) I ordered a mute from Mike.  It arrived very quickly, and looks like a very well-constructed piece of equipment.  Easy to put on and take off the instrument, and it does the job nicely.  It cuts the volume for those times when I need to be quieter.  If I lost this one I'd not hesitate to get another.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/5/2014

Submitter

JohnJ126 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


Very impressed with this product and the service. I live in Turkey and the mute arrived in less than 10 working days.

The mute was simple to install and very effective. While I was playing, my wife was in another room. I asked if she could hear the banjo.

She said all that she could hear was the metronome. So very muted indeed.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/3/2014

Submitter

DrBobNeon (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


  • Am a newbie.  This is my first mute.  Won't have to buy another if I don't lose it.
  • Fast, no hassle service.  Bought it on line directly from Mike.  Maybe he should rename himself Quiet Mike's (Banjo) Mutes (QMMs). 
  • Well designed and constructed. 
  • Works well and sounds neat.
  • I like the sound (what there is of it).
  • Am a Happy Camper.  I won't get kicked out of motels (where I do all my camping).

 

Dr. Bob

The Quiet Noob

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/1/2014

Submitter

buggycreek (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Mutes.com

Overall Comments


This mute does an outstanding job.  My wife thanks you Mike!!!  It is amazing how much this think mutes the banjo.  Outstanding quality workmanship as well.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/9/2014

Submitter

jeeprev (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I received my new mute quickly and am quite pleased indeed!  having used the fielding-cutler for years, I find Mike's Mute superior, no offense to the fine folks who make fielding-cutler as their mute served me well.  Perhaps its the use of brass (which is certainly more attractive) but the tone and muting ability is amazing.  I also appreciate the use of nylon bolts, which do not mar the back of my bridges!  Couldn't be more pleased!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/1/2013

Submitter

mlfrancis (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

MikesBanjoMute.com

Overall Comments


I'm a beginner player only a few months in and still make lots of mistakes.  Those mistakes don't sound very good so I need lots of practice.    With kids in the house and busy schedules, most of my practice has to come at night and I can't be too loud.  I've tried bare finger picking, towel in the back, clothes pins, various things shoved under the strings, and never felt I was still having the same practice experience that I needed because the sound, tone, or feel just wasn't the same as it should be.

Now with Mike's Mute, all I can say is WOW!  Using Mike's Mute, I can use my picks, hit the strings with force, and still not be heard in the next room over but the banjo sound is still there.  It is a different sound... more similar to an acoustic guitar in loudness but still unmistakeable as a banjo.  I even used my tuner to test the strings after I put the mute on and they were slightly off, but heck, they might have been off before I put it on; they were very very close.  The 5th string seems a bit twangier than normal, but I can get used to it. Over all, the sound is great and I can really practice the way I need to practice.  Wish I had found it sooner!

Thanks Mike!

 

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/3/2013

Submitter

Stardust (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct (On-Line)

Overall Comments


Despite being an inexperienced player and relative beginner to the banjo, I knew that banjos in-general were rather loud, and as a home studio player or hobbyist, I knew that I'd probably need a mute of some sort to enable regular practicing and playing. So I researched it thoroughly and decided to go with Mikes Banjo Mute, and I could not possibly be happier.  Although simple in design, the machining and quality of this mute are first-rate, and best of all, it muffles my 4-string tenor right down to a perfectly useable 'after-hours' level of volume in seconds, just as advertised. Thus, the wife and neighbors are all happy, and I'm happy. In fact, its safe to say, this simple product will probably triple my practice time, by allowing me the freedom to play at all hours of the day or night, without the added stress or worry of annoying others. Its exactly what the doctor ordered and well-worth the investment. Kudos to Mike on a truly well-made and functional little gadget!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/19/2013

Submitter

yanickroy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's online store

Overall Comments


Received the product yesterday afternoon.

Great product, does exactly what it is supposed to do and more. I am actually impressed by how much it cuts volume without sacrificing too much tone. It will save you marriage, improve your relationship with neighbors and your kids will thank you, etc. Yesterday I was able to practice for a few hours with my wife watching tv  8 ft away from me and my sleeping son in the next room. To give you a ballpark idea, with the mute on, my banjo sounds just a touch louder than an unplugged electric guitar.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/14/2013

Submitter

claybarron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's banjo mute

Overall Comments


I recently bought a Mike's banjo mute.  It installs easily, doesn't come off, and REALLY mutes.  I have tried other mutes and Mike's is the best by far.  Great value for the price.  If you need or want a mute for your banjo, get this one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/2/2013

Submitter

Keith Snarr (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online directly from Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


Why would anyone want to mute a banjo? Don't answer this question until you have tried Mike's Banjo Mute! This mute is an essential accessory for every banjo player. Why? Because it works! This mute can deliver an almost silent tone when played finger style. When using picks it give a new soft and sustaining tone that still has the banjo "ring" to it. It fits securely. Most importantly, it fits my Shubb compensated banjo bridge. The mute delivers as promised. Mike Stidd provided very prompt service in filling my order. This mute is inspiring me to greater achievement as a banjo player. Thank you Mike Stidd for this excellent banjo mute. My wife thanks you too, as she doesn't always have to listen to my practicing. - Keith Snarr-

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Mute
submitted 9/2/2013

Submitter

Koakai (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


Beautiful timbre to please and quiet those who might be distracted by the players practice.

Overall Rating

7


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/20/2013

Submitter

Sir Pluckalot (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From maker

Overall Comments


Excellent bit of kit- looks like my fiance won't cancel the wedding after all- HA!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Mute
submitted 8/16/2013

Submitter

plumpfingers (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Mike's Mutes

Overall Comments


Best mute I've tried by far. Not only mutes very effectively, but incredibly stable because of the screw down clamp.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/12/2013

Submitter

ClintiePoo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


This is the first mute I've used. I just started playing a little bit ago, and I am a little worried about the banjo affecting my marriage. I am impressed with this mute - it reduces the sound level dramatically and makes the banjo have a "sweet" sound. For me, it's worth the money.

One thing I found on my Deering Goodtime Special: let the mute angle toward the tailpiece (not perpendicular to the bridge / main strings). I had some buzzing at first, but I was trying to force the mute to lay flat across the top of the bridge. This isn't necessary. Once I realized this, I was very happy with the mute.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/10/2013

Submitter

Brazos (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Just got my Mike's Mute in less than a week after ordering. Works perfect. So easy. My banjo still sounds and feels like my banjo just much more quiet. Each night I end my day with my wife watching a little tv while she reads. Now I can practice while she reads. Perfect.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Mutes
submitted 8/9/2013

Submitter

Posy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Mutes

Overall Comments


My original Mike's Mute was purchased several years ago. I use it constantly on my banjo at home. I just purchased 2 more Mike's Mutes; 1 to give as a gift to a fellow banjo player and the 2nd for my travel banjo. I have tried other banjo mutes and none can compare to Mike's; it is truly the best banjo mute available.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/16/2013

Submitter

JHook (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute online

Overall Comments


I just received my Mike's Banjo Mute yesterday and I have to say this is by far the best mute I have ever used! The quality of construction is excellent and very sturdy. This gives your banjo a nice, sweet tone and very quiet, will make things bearable for those around me who have heard the same songs over and over while I try to learn them. I was a little hesitant whether the mute would fit over my Arthur Hatfield compensated bridge but it fits perfectly, no problem whatever.
Mike's Mute goes on quickly, within seconds, and you are ready to go pick quietly without bothering anyone. Very nice Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/7/2013

Submitter

CJWalton (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online from http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I think this is a truly excellent device. Like many others I was convinced by the comments on Banjo Hangout and the YouTube clips. Even so, the noise reduction was still a BIG surprise! I had been using a beer towel folded tightly under the bridge which I always thought was undesirable as it was probably exerting pressure on the head. Now I still have the towel folded loosely behind the head for a subtler sound when not using the mute and I don't bother removing it when I add the mute.

I live in a typical English 1990s home with plasterboard internal walls and virtually no soundproofing so this is absolutely essential as I only get to practice late at night. Having the mute means that I can practise properly without having to worry about my family and neighbours being disturbed.

The service from Mike was excellent. He shipped the item the day after I paid and his communication was excellent. The device itself is discreet and easy to fit on and it doesn't go anywhere once attached.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mikes Banjo Mute.
submitted 7/4/2013

Submitter

chaso (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

MikesMute

Overall Comments


Don't know what happened to my original review which seems to have gone blank.Anyway,I'll just repeat that I am 100% happy with the mute which works perfectly & I agree with the remarks made by other reviewers.Many thanks to Mike and for the speedy delivery to my home in theUK.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/4/2013

Submitter

jlaird44 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Website

Overall Comments


First of all, all of the other comments about fast shipping, more sustain and how well the mute is made all apply here. I'll try to add something that may benefit others that are in my situation. My wife will put in earplugs everytime I pick up the Banjo. So.. for me, most important was to find a mute that would quiet the banjo.. to an almost non-existent level. So I did a totally "unscientific" test of Mike's Mute for this review. Using a Radio Shack sound level meter, my Deering Goodtime 2 is 91db at 1ft distance. With the mute on it is 69db at 1ft. That is a 22db reduction in loudness. As it happens, the Fender earplugs my wife uses when I "play" have a noise reduction of -22db... Needless to say, she is a happy camper. Her days of plugging her ears are gone! The mute does make the banjo ring more, and the sustain is longer...now if it could only make me play better! Best $35 bucks I ever spent. Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/3/2013

Submitter

Beekam (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I bought this online in the UK having researched the market. The reviews I read about mikes mute were spot on. It is a superb bit of kit which I too would highly recommend. I ordered it on June 27 and it arrived in Cheshire England today July 3. If you are looking for a banjo mute then this is the one you need. Bernard Kirkham.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/1/2013

Submitter

Old Novice Emily (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Web Site (Pay Pal)

Overall Comments


I am a novice player, so nothing sounds good to anyone, and I live in a row house with strict rules about quiet time. But I want to be able to pick up the banjo without having to check the clock. At first I took off my resonator and stuffed in a skein of yarn but I didn't like the sound and there was no easy way to undo this adjustment without ditching the resonator, which I didn't want to do.
I checked the comments and recommendations about mutes at Banjo Hangout and I listened to Bob Evans' video (and others) about Mike's banjo mute on YouTube and decided it would be a good investment.
Mike's web site is easy to navigate and provided a good picture and description of the mute. Once I had purchased it, my mute arrived in a very short time. I found it easy to install (and later remove.)
I agree completely with earlier reviews that describe the degree to which the banjo is quieted, along with the added bonus of a new sweetness to the muted sound of my banjo. It is not only possible now to play my banjo (using appropriate strength) during the middle of the night without violating the noise rules, but it's pleasant to listen to in a whole new gentle way!
I recommend this as a high quality, well-made, cleverly designed product which performs as promised with a flat bridged banjo like mine.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 6/28/2013

Submitter

rsroberts3948 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute

Overall Comments


Just received Mike's banjo mute and it is great. Well made and works exactly as advertised. Would highly recommend.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/25/2013

Submitter

jimblargh (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mike'sbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Works very well. Easy to take on and off. As an apartment dwelling banjo players with erratic hours, this mute probably saved me the wrath of my neighbors! :P

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/20/2013

Submitter

Frailblazer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I needed a mute that would allow me to practice my banjo in my office over lunch without disturbing anyone. I have an office with a door but the soundproofing is minimal at best. This mute is wonderful and does exactly what I was hoping for. it quiets the instrument down significantly but still produces a musical tone that is great for practicing. It almost has a dulcimer kind of tone. Very pleasing and workable. The mute is very well machined and comes in a velvet pouch.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/9/2013

Submitter

davidppp (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike

Overall Comments


Much, much quieter? Absolutely! But more than that. Other commercial and home-made mutes I've tried either don't mute nearly as much or do so by muffling the sound. What makes Mike's mute different are two other things that happen. You get a huge sustain: would-be loud short sounds turn into quiet sustained sounds. And much of the high frequency component of the un-muted tone gets shifted toward lower frequencies. Both render the banjo much more socially acceptable to the anti-banjo crowd. Everyone's happier, but you also get a delightful, new tone to your instrument --- and you might even appreciate its un-muted sound all the more.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/7/2013

Submitter

spannersnpike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Amazing service and delivery to me in Wales Uk , it arrived with me exactly a week after I placed my order and I saved a staggering £18 compared to the uk prices . Absolutely delighted and amazingly quiet when fitted to my Gibson masterbuilt. Peace for the mrs and neighbours once again. Now everyone's happy!! Thanks Mike very much.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/1/2013

Submitter

tonegrass75 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

My father bought it for me

Overall Comments


I received this mute as a gift yesterday so I can practice in my house without driving my family crazy! It is an exceptional mute that works just as advertised. I am very happy with the Mikes Banjo Mute and the service was exceptional as well.
Thanks Mike!
--Scott

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/1/2013

Submitter

CenTex (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I'm a novice on the banjo, which means me playing with finger-picks assaults one's ears. Nevertheless, practicing with picks is a necessity, so I bought Mike's Banjo Mute to make things easier on everybody. Mike's customer service is exemplary: he emailed me immediately after I placed my order to let me know when and how he'd be shipping it, and this was during Memorial Day weekend!

I received the mute in a timely fashion, and it came in a nice little red carrying pouch. I threw it on my banjo and played Cripple Creek. I was immediately astounded how quiet my banjo had become, yet it still sounded the same tone-wise. It's now about as loud as playing an acoustic guitar with bare fingers. I don't have anything negative to say about this product at this time. The only thing I can see being a potential problem is the nylon screws, which may need replacing over time. I highly recommend this mute to any and all banjo players who want to play without being too loud.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mikes Banjo Mute.
submitted 5/28/2013

Submitter

diggerman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Truly wonderful piece of kit. Easy to put on / take off and leaves your banjo playing sweet and QUIET. The best mute I have ever used and this sentiment is also expressed by my grateful neighbours.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/24/2013

Submitter

mrsactobanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This mute is as advertised. I live in an apartment building and I'm not sure who's happier, me or my now-sleeping neighbors. I am 100% satisfied.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/22/2013

Submitter

rferg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Website

Overall Comments


Mike was great to deal with. He was great on the phone and shipped the mute quickly. The mute works great: easy on/off, will work on different bridges, allows the banjo to still ring, and you can hear any pick noise. If you need to practice without bothering others, you need one of these.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mikes Mute
submitted 5/19/2013

Submitter

jimmyprince (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Hangout Mikes site

Overall Comments


This is a great Mute. I can play in the next room and the wife cant hear my jo at all. Get one!!!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes mikes banjo mute
submitted 5/11/2013

Submitter

garysenior854 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

on-line

Overall Comments


Just received mikes banjo mute, and love it. Wife works nights and i have to practice, I can now close the door to the computer room and play away and bother no one. The only thing wrong with the mute is, i didnt invent it. Great--Great item--thanks

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/10/2013

Submitter

Lester M (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


Just adding my approval of this great tool to the long list preceding me. Works great, nice solid piece, reasonably priced and fast shipping. A pleasure any way ya look at it.
I have had Mikes mute for 6 months now. I had to replace the plastic screws about a month ago ( one broke) with steel ones.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/25/2013

Submitter

tshooter (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This mute lowers the sound level a great deal without changing the tonal qualities, it may even lengthen the sustain. It is very well made with top quality materials.

I use a 1/2" bridge and the heads of the screws interfered with the feet of the bridge. I milled off about half the height of the heads and all was well. You can use a file or sand paper to do the same but since my mill was handy, I used it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/23/2013

Submitter

barchi (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Buying a banjo mute was absolutely necessary as I live in a small apartment. I saw the excellent reviews on Mike's mute and I ordered it just a week ago.

Today I have received it and it's sooo incredible!!! It lowers the volume a lot, and the tone is sweet. I'm completely satisfied!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/16/2013

Submitter

geraldc (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I am very pleased with Mikes Banjo Mute, easy to install in seconds and has a pleasing tone. I won t disturb anybody. An excellent Banjo accessory. I can pick as hard as I want when practicing without trying to be quiet.
G. Clark

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 4/6/2013

Submitter

5StringBean (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Website

Overall Comments


I am new to the banjo and chose Mike's Mute after reading the reviews on the BHO and watching videos of people using them. It is great! I can keep playing after the kids are sleeping now. Ordered on Thursday afternoon and it arrived in the mail Saturday morning. Excellent must have product.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/4/2013

Submitter

Crusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


Works great! It really quiets my powerful banjo down to where it sounds like an acoustic guitar and I can hear how well I'm playing.

It didn't fit my Big Foot bridge well at all since the area between the bridge feet is cut in arches, but a file taken to the outer edges of the aluminum mute feet to bevel the edges to 45º makes it fit just fine.

Gave it a 9 because there ain't no 10.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/31/2013

Submitter

spark6 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


I'm not sure that I have much to add to the other reviews. I made the purchase based on these reviews and the video on Mike's website. Ordered Sunday night, received on Wednesday. After fine tuning my bridge so that the strings were level and the mute was in contact with the tops of the strings and not the bridge the mute worked perfectly. Prior to that I had one string that sounded sitar like and the mute would slip if hit. I really like the sound.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/28/2013

Submitter

banjodan1956 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


This is a real good product. A little expensive, but- It WORKS! I like the Grover compensated bridges and I wasn't sure the mute would fit them. I emailed Mike about it. I think he must have found one to use to test the mute. He said it would fit and I could return it if it didn't.
The mute is well made. My only other comment- if you buy one of these, put it on by tipping it forward, then tipping it up so the steel "feet" go in between the strings.
By the way, I also splurged on the 99-cent extra bag. It's just shy of a buck, but I would spend that on a coffee at my favorite convenience store or buy another thumb pick. The mute is great! The pouch is not. No big deal. And agian, Mike is real helpful.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/28/2013

Submitter

etheosto (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online - mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I am super impressed by this mute. I used to own "The Ultimate Banjo Mute". Mikes Banjo Mute silences the instrument more and is easier to put on/take off.

I was absolutely blown away by the customer service. Mike emailed me two personal emails the day I submitted the order. He shipped the next morning and got to me in a couple of days.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/28/2013

Submitter

vampick (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


MY BANJO SOUNDED LIKE THIS, AND SO DID MY WIFE, UNTIL I INSTALLED MIKE'S BANJO MUTE. Now my banjo sounds as sweet and soothing as an angel's harp, and my wife doesn't yell at me any more (at least not about the banjo). Seriously, I've used other banjo mutes over the years and Mike's is the best. Easy on, easy off, no slippage, no buzz or rattle. It's compatible with either picking or clawing, compensated or straight bridges. Now my wife asks: Does Mike make a Snoring Mute?

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/28/2013

Submitter

Madame Twang (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Banjo Mute Online

Overall Comments


I ordered 2 of Mike's banjo mutes, and they arrived here in Perth, Western Australia in record time! I had been using Jante Davis' Ultimate banjo mutes, and they were good, but I was hoping for a mute that would fit a Moon Bridge - and voila! Mikes did! The mute is very easy to use and banjo friendly, where I found the JDMC mute fiddly to put on, and the felt snagged the bridge and has started to fray. Mike's mute is easy, and I think has a bigger, but quiet resonance to the tone. I love it! Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/24/2013

Submitter

Dr Awkward (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


GREAT FOR CLAWHAMMER, TOO!!

Even though I'd read all the great reviews for this product before ordering, I was still blown away the first time I got to play with Mike's Banjo mute! The difference in volume is amazing - I can now easily have a conversation with my fiancee while playing without being a nuisance anymore (with the TV on, no less)!

ALSO, I was at first hesitant about ordering this mute due to my fear that the extra height above the bridge would make it a nuisance for clawhammer style playing. Rest assured that this is a total non-issue. Other than the drastic change in volume (and resonance, which I personally really like), you would never know the mute is even there!!

This is a great product that is easily worth the asking price.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/16/2013

Submitter

jonfinder (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is a perfect mute, as many others have posted. This $30 device will be the last mute you ever buy. It's a really high quality item, up there with Eliot capos: worth every penny. Will save your marriage...

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/10/2013

Submitter

Chloesbane (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ordered direct from Mike

Overall Comments


This thing just saved my marriage! THANKS MIKE!!!
This is a great mute made with very good materials and craftsmanship. Reduces the over all volume about 80%. It also gives the banjo a very sweet guitar sound. My wife walked in on me using it and hadn't heard me practicing from the next room....and then she said it sounded like I was playing a guitar.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/6/2013

Submitter

bartmcpherson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Great tool for not driving everyone in the house nuts while I'm learning new songs. Easy to put on and works with my Sampson compensated bridge. Sustain is great.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/25/2013

Submitter

Frostymama (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Great device - I'm able to play after the kids go to bed without waking them up.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/16/2013

Submitter

Nom de Guerre (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike directly

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo Mute is simply amazing. From the super fast shipping (I received mine three days after I ordered it), to the build quality and performance. It's solidly made, and as with many great designs, it is simple and effective. When I say simple, I mean that in the best sense of the word. It's simplicity makes it elegant, but that's not to say that it would be easy to make your own. The materials and build quality are top notch. It takes all of about 3 to 5 seconds to attach or detach, and it comes with a nice storage sack too. I've saved the best part for last... how it performs. I was literally shocked at how quiet my banjo sounded when I first put Mike's Banjo Mute on. I was in my office, with several people nearby, and they could not hear me practicing at all. My wife also approves of it, and doesn't mind me practicing with it in the same room. I have used it on both my resonator (Hatfield Special), and my open Back 11" Pot Ome Jubilee. It works great on both! Thanks Mike, you have a great product, and your service and speed of delivery can't be beat.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/12/2013

Submitter

richbark (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


This mute is amazing. I received it last night (only a couple days after ordering it). It came in a nice velvet bag and has fantastic fit and finish. Most important though - it works extremely well. My banjo volume dropped from 10 to 3 or 4. I can practice without keeping the kids (or my wife) awake now! Thanks Mike, great job!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/7/2013

Submitter

oldcarnut (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/7/2013

Submitter

Sabregeek (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/5/2013

Submitter

chuck hull (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


this is my first reveiw and first online purchase.first off mike responded to my order in record time very pleased with service so far.he said it would be 1 to 3 weeks delivery to ont canada.i got alittle antsy at 2-3 week.it did come at the start of 3rd week.well constucted ,easy on and off,and most important it does everything advertised.very happy with everything.and as others have stated I beleive it will help me become a better picker it allows to hear your picks and have found i pick cleaner with the mute in place.thanks mike for a great product and to the BHO members that take the time to reveiw products in the market place so we can spend more time happy picking chuck

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/2/2013

Submitter

Michael H (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute

Overall Comments


Very impressed, and everyone else in the house is also. Get yours, you will not be disappointed. Simple to use.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/2/2013

Submitter

DrKKelly (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Banjo Mute On-line

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo Mute is great . It really dampens the volume without too much change in sound. Easy to install (when your finger picks aren't on). Easily fits over 1/2" bridge. Just be sure to tighten the two nuts well as they tend to loosen on use and give a buzz. On my banjo, the mute softens the sound (I like it bright) but my banjo still sounds great. The mute doesn't intefere with the picking hand at all. Well made - but does cost alot. However, iIf you want a great banjo mute for practicing "in the quiet" - this is the mute to buy.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 2/1/2013

Submitter

ironhead (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/31/2013

Submitter

Mailman Ron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike's web site

Overall Comments


Great mute! Same volume as an unplugged solid body electric guitar. The tone of the banjo (rb 250) sounds dobro-like, very sweet. I use a Hatfield bridge which is compensated in two places, the mute slides on easily and quickly. Any bridge with the standard double cut-out will fit, call Mike for odd shaped bridges. Shipping is fast, ordered on Friday got it on Monday. Not bad from Utah to Ohio (thanks USPS).
Great aid in practice, all extraneous sounds you make (pick noise, pick striking head...) are the loudest sounds produced. I quickly eliminated my thumb pick hitting the head when it wasn't drowned out by the banjo sounds.
Highly recomended, you can watch tv, talk...while running monotonous rolls and scales. Easy on and off, won't come off unless you remove it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/29/2013

Submitter

BanjoJeff (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This banjo mute works great. Extremely easy to attach and remove quickly. The notes still ring out true all the way up the neck only much quieter. It actually gives the banjo a unique sound that makes it even more fun to practice. I'm hearing all my favorite tunes in a whole new way. I was able to get an extra hour of practice on a week night and will probably be able to get a few extra hours over the weekend. Every banjo player should have one of these, especially if you want to be able to continue your practicing well into the early morning hours without the concern of disturbing those around you. My wife is extremely pleased with this purchase.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/28/2013

Submitter

caloscalzo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


An amazing tool. Can't believe I can play with full intensity, even with the grand baby sleeping in the next room. Best mute ever!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/26/2013

Submitter

mcgrathr1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

via Mike's website

Overall Comments


Got one of these from Mike as a Christmas present for my wife. Works beautifully, I can now practice anytime day or night without threat of divorce. Mutes and softens to a very pleasant mandolin like tone. Great service from Mike by post to the UK. . Mine is the tenor banjo type, very well made and finished. Highly recommended

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/25/2013

Submitter

goldsby (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's

Overall Comments


Bought 2 on Monday, received them with a possibles pouch on Thursday, works great, fast service and very well made

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/22/2013

Submitter

randydupuy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Mute Website

Overall Comments


Wow! Exceeded my expectations. This mute really works great and is easy to use. Very quiet! Sort of like playing a non-amplified, solid-body electric guitar. I will definitely be using this to practice while playing along with the CD player and on days when practicing at work in my office at lunchtime. I highly recommend this mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/16/2013

Submitter

wolf8895 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mutes

Overall Comments


What a great product. My wife and kids thank you for making such a fine mute! Goes on easily, stays in place and greatly reduces the volume of my less than stellar picking.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/11/2013

Submitter

psm140 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike

Overall Comments


This mute works great. Received it only two day after ordering it. Very easy to put on and take off. Quality made! Effectively reduces the sound of the banjo and is barely audible from next room. My family is extremely pleased!! Highly recommended for all levels. Thanks Mike!
Scott McKeever

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 1/6/2013

Submitter

skelly (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I am really pleased with this banjo mute. It works great!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/5/2013

Submitter

Jetjet (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On the web

Overall Comments


Mike's banjo mute is a great mute and works perfectly. It is easily clipped on the bridge and does not damage it thanks to its plastic srcews. Shipping arrived to my home in Paris about 20 days after I ordered it on Mike's website. So why only 8/10? During a training session in my bathroom it just slept from my hand, felt on the flooring...and one of the plastic screws broke in two parts. I tried to fix it with some glue but didn't get good result. I guess I should ask Mike for advice. My conclusion : This mute is a really great product but need to be manipulated carefuly.
Update : I fixed it and definitely love it. To keep friendly neighbors, I used it for my first BHO music recording.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/5/2013

Submitter

timberland1976 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's online store

Overall Comments


The mute is very easy to install and use. The sound has a very pleasing tone without the loud driving tones of my banjo. I enjoy playing the banjo with the mute. However, the most important opinion is from my wife...she likes it and no longer suggests playing in the shop

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/30/2012

Submitter

jmoliver (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Best 5 string mute on the market!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/27/2012

Submitter

banjaboy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes website

Overall Comments


Top quality, just like the one I had for my tenor. Mike is a really nice guy and he was very concerned about deliery. I live in Canada and it was one of the best cross border transactions ever.Thanks Mike, my family thanks you too loo!!!!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/22/2012

Submitter

harpman54 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo Mute is a marriage saver! I have a loud Dean BW-5 banjo with a resonator and a clear Remo head. It's loud. It was soon after I purchased the banjo from the screaming coming from the other parts of the house that a mute was necessary in order to allow me to practice riffs and rolls ad nauseum. I bought Mike's Mute and it works! Now, I can practice at a very low level without upsetting the Dept of Corrections Chief in the household. The mute is well constructed and stays in place once attached. I do have one comment though, the mute tends to tilt back toward the tailpiece on my bridge. It doesn't fall off, it just tends to tilt a bit. The mute seems to just, well, MUTE and to my ears it maintains the tone pretty well. It is the only mute I have so I have no other point of comparison. I'd give it a full 10 except for that tilt on the bridge, so a 9.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/14/2012

Submitter

mikeyb2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Well, I must be missing something here, because after reading a lot of the reviews about this mute, I seem to be the only one who isn't happy with it. Firstly, it doesn't stay on.Tighten it up lightly and it will vibrate loose, tighten hard and the nylon screws bend and it still loosens. While it does stay on, I'm disappointed with the amount of muting(still quite loud), and there are all sorts of issues with the tone and tuning. Without it everything's ok(well almost).I am sure I must be doing something wrong, or am I? so any ideas would be welcome. I am a newbie and trying to learn but using this mute is not doing my confidence any good. Without it I seem to be happier with my practice although the neighbours aren't.HELP!

Overall Rating

5


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/11/2012

Submitter

xinunix (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I am a noob, recently purchased my first banjo and knew I wanted the ability to practice late at night after my wife and children had gone to bed. The banjo that I purchased is known to be loud (RK-35) and based on my research I knew I needed a mute. After reading several stellar reviews on BanjoHangout.org I decided to order a mute from http://www.mikesbanjomute.com. Mike contacted me directly to answer a few of my questions, shipment was fast and I was picking away from day 1 with no worries of annoying the wife or waking the kids. I highly recommend Mike's Banjo Mute to anyone that is in a similar situation. Outstanding product, outstanding customer service, what more can you ask for???

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/4/2012

Submitter

David Locky (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Mute Online

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo Mute is the only one I've tried but only because pretty much all of the reviews, on this site, and others, point to this being the best. While I would still consider trying out the Iucci mute I don't imagine that I'll require purchasing anything else; Mike's Banjo Mute works exceptionally well!

As a player of trad music on a tenor banjo, I initially thought that I would have difficulties with the two screws on top. We trad players like low action, i.e., 1/2 bridges in some cases, and play with the hand quite close to the bridge. This is why I would consider trying an Iucci mute, as it slides below the strings. However, apparently the Iucci can eventually scratch your bridge, and most importantly, the screws on Mike's Banjo Mute do not interfere with your playing, although you do know it's there.

It appears to be precision-made and goes on and off easily, and stays put, as well. And of course, it works well! In fact, while the volume is dampened significantly the tone is well-balanced and still identifiable to the specific banjo you are playing; I use it on both of my tenors: Triple-X Model A, Late Version (resonator) and Gold Tone IT-250 White Ladye (open back). It even comes in a nifty little bag.

Why not a 10? Well, it is on the expensive side (not to say it is not worth it), including the fact that you have to pay for shipping -- it is not available commerically to my knowledge. Overall, not an issue and I fully endorse Mike's Banjo Mute!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/28/2012

Submitter

dandre (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


I ordered 2 days before thanksgiving, mike shipped the morning before the holiday!!

I was impressed at the simplicity and quality of the mute, but that tone!
Once I put it on I silently thanked mike for making my practice regime soooo much more pleasant.

I don't need to be wailing broken licks at top volume. Also helped me with fret buzz (warped neck, long story)

Thanks mike, my ears, and my family thanks you.

Daniel

(EVERY player should have a banjo mute, why not try mikes?)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/24/2012

Submitter

DHDaniel (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


This Mute is just what I hoped for, Bought it just for my New RK-36
It is Very effective. There are other mutes on the Market that are cheaper,
But dont work as well. Mikes is Great. Do yourself a favor and spend the
$35 . And most important:

Remember the Golden Rule, "If Wife is happy, everyone is happy"

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/11/2012

Submitter

Rex Tharp (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Mutes

Overall Comments


Mike has a winner with this mute. It is easy to install and remove.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/5/2012

Submitter

G-Pa (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I just purchased Mike's Banjo Mute and have to say I am very pleased with the level of mute, the sound, and the easy on/off without putting strain on the bridge. I would recommend this mute to anyone considering getting one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/26/2012

Submitter

bigbadjohn (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Mute

Overall Comments


This thing works great. Still get enough volume to practice although my wife wished it made the banjo silent. 8^)

Easy to install and doesn't get in the way

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/25/2012

Submitter

wstockton (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

website

Overall Comments


I'd like to echo the compliments others have given this mute and add one more. Some of my playing includes right hand positioned with the little finger on the tailpiece side of the bridge. The mute doesn't interfere with this position. Nice job, Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/22/2012

Submitter

JEM (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online from Mike

Overall Comments


Compared to the spring on things and the push on things this mute has definite style and class. The brass top gives it a nice mass and keeps the buzzing away.
If I'd found this years ago I'd probably be a lot better player today.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/9/2012

Submitter

dcraft (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


Nice piece of work. It works great. Now I can take the banjo on the road with me without fear of playing too loud in hotel rooms. Very easy to install, and I still can't believe how effective it is. I would and will recommend it to others.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/4/2012

Submitter

prestg1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


In short: it's a must-have item for the diligent, midnight pickers out there with sensitive-eared families, or cheek-by-jowl neighbours to placate. Now the story...

It seems that there are two, opposing ideals to banjo sound: one is the search for ultimate 'tone' - this often equates to the most volume you can get out of it; the other is the search for a device that completely squashes the life out of that tone for the benefit of family sanity. I suppose we should be thankful that there are such devices: I'm not sure that budding fiddle players have such an easy time.

It's been a bit of a journey. My first Banjo teacher demonstrated a simple wood-block mute that jams on the top of a regular bridge. The sound was pleasing, offered a fair level of muting and was real cheap (about $10). Job done (so I thought). It served well for a while, but does get in the way once you get to learning to pick down at the bridge, and has a tendency to work loose while playing. The muting wasn't so pronounced, so you could play a duet with a guitar and not be drowned out.

I also bought a metal clothes-peg-style mute for twice that price (I forget why), but it's a waste of money: the tone is so raspy that it's even more annoying to your unwilling audience and you just don't want to play.

As I got a bit more adventurous with gear, I bought a rather lovely curvy bridge from Scot at earthandring@tx.rr.com. Visually pleasing, and functional, too. However, the jam-on mute was no use any more, so here's where Mike's Mute comes in handy:

It's clear from the amount of reviews here that pretty much everyone who's bought one has honoured Mike's wishes and posted a review. And why wouldn't you: it's a well-made piece of kit; does exactly what it says on the tin (i.e. provides a high level of muting); secures pretty solidly, so it's not going to work itself off; and doesn't sit so high off the bridge that it gets in the way. I was a little concerned that I'd strip the threads of the rather flimsy-looking nylon bolts, but in all the messing around I've done in the last few months, that hasn't happened.

The mute didn't actually fit the profile of the eearthandring curvy bridge, so I've bought a slide-on 'Essex' mute for that banjo. It's not as effective, but it's ok.

To my surprise, my Sierra arrived fitted with a Stelling compensated bridge, so again, the jam-on mute was not going to work. The slide-on mute was no good, because the Presto tail-piece mouts the strings at slightly different levels, so the tuning would fall out when the mute was deployed. Mike's Mute to the rescue! It fits fine on a flat top, and also over the slightly wider plan profile of the compensated bridge.

Mike's Mute is so effective that I can't really use it as an effect in performance. I tried varying the attenuation by sticking a felt pad under the brass block that sits over the bridge and varying the tension on the bolts, but that didn't work: it's either ON, or it's OFF!

One other unexpected thing is that, with the banjo muted, you can get to hear lots of other vibrations going on around the instrument you wouldn't usually worry about. I got this annoying buzzing on the 1st string when I put the mute on that I thought was introduced by the mute itself, until I did a bit of investigation and found that the source of it was the loose cover-flap of the Presto tail-piece!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/3/2012

Submitter

rollingaround (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute online

Overall Comments


I recently purchased a banjo mute from the Mike's Banjo Mute online website. I work in northern Alberta and for two weeks at a time live in a camp that houses several thousand workers. Mike's Banjo Mute will allow me to bring along my banjo and get some valuable practice time at camp without disturbing anyone in the adjacent rooms. I am very impressed with the quality, ease of installation, and overall effectiveness of the mute. I would highly recommend this mute to anyone considering a purchase. Mike's mute will help preserve both my sanity and also that of my neighbours. Mike, you are a lifesaver!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute - Radius
submitted 9/28/2012

Submitter

raminato (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Mike

Overall Comments


The radius version works just fine with my curved Moon bridge, even though it does not allow precisely for the curve. All the strings are muted to the same level with no rattle or buzz. Brilliant.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/18/2012

Submitter

hoolahoopspink (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This thing is a little ripper! I can play my banjo (I am just learning) without bothering the rest of my family. It slides on and off the bridge easily and is made of strong material and also very well crafted. Fabulous!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/18/2012

Submitter

KerryK (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


I am but a beginner but the resonator banjo I am learning on is quite, well ANNOYINGLY loud for a beginner! So I did a search and discovered Mike's Mute ordered one and have been using it when I practice so as not to disturb others in the house. This is simple to install and works quite well, It gives more confidence to the novice player and allows one to Pluck the strings full force and not have to "Pull Punches" as it were.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/15/2012

Submitter

TommyL (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Internet

Overall Comments


Great little mute, lets me venture out of the basement! I can play outside without the neighbors hearing that I play a banjo (poorly). They don't need to hear Banjo in the Hollow played at half speed for the 100th time. Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/7/2012

Submitter

Slick Salmon (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Scientists have long debated the immutable laws of nature. But one that is certain and above rebuke is that no living being on the face of the earth likes to hear me practice the banjo. This statement includes my dog, who has been known to break the walls of her confine in order to escape the reach of my tones.

To rectify this problem I’ve tested a number of banjo muting solutions. The most successful solution, and one frequently suggested to me, is to simply cut the strings off my banjo. Although I can see the advantages of such an approach, it does render the instrument difficult to play.

Enter Mike’s Banjo Mute (www.mikesbanjomute.com). This small device installs on the bridge in about 3 seconds and renders a banjo so quiet, it’s almost inaudible. In fact, when not using finger picks, the instrument is almost too quiet. It’s volume approximates that of an unamplified electric guitar.

Although small, the device is somewhat bulky, and if you play finger style, it requires a slight modification of hand position. But this is hardly a problem, since tone control of a muted banjo is pretty much out of the question. For clawhammer, the presence of the mute presents no hindrance whatsoever.

I’m a total fan of this product, and at $35 it seems to be the bargain of the century.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/1/2012

Submitter

Kacksull (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


This product is amazing! I ordered the mute directly from Mike and it came in the mail in less than a week. Although this is my first mute, it is very easy to use and I can't imagine any other mute doing a better job. Not only does it allow me to practice early in the morning and very late at night, but somehow I feel that it is improving my right hand technique although have no scientific proof of this. In any case it has become a motivational tool for me in that now I personally have no reason not to practice. YEAH!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/28/2012

Submitter

otisfield1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


Great mute. I have bought one for each Banjo I own and love them. His service is also very quick and a very responsive guy to deal with.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/17/2012

Submitter

lefthander (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikes mute--internet purchase

Overall Comments


mikes mutes are very high in quality.they attach quick and easy,via thumb screws.the sound is reduced by at least 50 percent, while emiting a pleasant tone when playing,with or without picks,with reasonable care, the mute will last as long as the banjo its used on

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 8/17/2012

Submitter

MLange (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute

Overall Comments


Elegant design, easy to install and remove, quiets the shiny beast down beautifully. If my wife still thinks it's too loud, leaves me and takes the dog and the truck, I'll keep the banjo and the mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/10/2012

Submitter

Shmockiebaby (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online Direct

Overall Comments


Just received my mute from Mike. Wow, very nicely made. Excellent build quality. Really impressive. It comes in a little velvet bag. Its just nice to hold it in your hand, and look at it!

I put the mute on my White Mountain Sholo short scale with NylGut strings. One caveat - it will not work with my beloved 100 year old barn wood spillway bridge. Look at the "how to use" section on Mike's website, and when you see how it goes on, you'll understand why. Not Mike's fault, more about the bridge design.

So I quickly swapped over to the Grover bridge that originally came with the banjo. Easy enough. Easy installation of the mute. Very nice.

Nice tone. Sounds like a different instrument. Very soft, guitar like. Much quieter, but no in an unpleasant way.

If you play with your hand near the bridge, you will bump into it. No surprise there. I should probably fix my frailing and two-finger technique.

I would definitely recommend this mute. Very nicely made, works as promised, and was shipped very quickly.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/9/2012

Submitter

631Picker (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


In my hands 3 days after ordering, very nice quality/craftsmanship. Most importantly, it works amazingly well! Still sounds good, but not to every room of the house. The wife gave it her seal of approval too...everyone should own one of these.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/21/2012

Submitter

bkeller (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Extremely pleased with this device. Banjo sounds like a very quiet guitar. Just what I was looking for.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/21/2012

Submitter

bkeller (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Extremely pleased with this device. Banjo sounds like a very quiet guitar. Just what I was looking for. (review also submitted under Mik's Banjo Mute)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/20/2012

Submitter

billywhiz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mike_cabinet@yahoo.com

Overall Comments


First class , it works wonderfully.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/9/2012

Submitter

scottyz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online/Mikes Banjo Mutes

Overall Comments


As a newbie to the banjo world it was a real pleasure recieving my mute. It works great and the service was second to none. I couldnt be happier,Keep up the good work.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/8/2012

Submitter

BJD (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike Directly

Overall Comments


This is a fantastic tool! I echo the high praise others have given this mute. I will add that with the mute attached to my banjo I can now hear backing tracks on my computer speakers while I am playing. I can also practice early mornings on the weekends without upsetting the rest of the family who sleep in. I can actually hear the notes I am playing more clearly. It is great for working out subtle issues like how I am striking the strings, pick squeak, etc. Outstanding!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/7/2012

Submitter

banjowannabe (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike

Overall Comments


Got the response from Mr. Mike saying a review would be good. I like the mute. It is a little too quiet for me when playing with others, but I like the note separation it gives for practice. My banjo has a sustain where the notes sometimes run over each other and it is more difficult to tell whether my timing is good. With this mute, I can really tell whether I'm picking unevenly or not. And unlike other mutes, it stay s in place. Gotta love it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/5/2012

Submitter

ccohmke (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes banjo mute website

Overall Comments


It does it exactly what it say's on the tin
"When you want a holler to become a whisper"

The Man is a genius, look no further

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/5/2012

Submitter

Tina (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

internet

Overall Comments


This is the coolest little gadget. The sustain is unbelievable, so much better than the rubber pipe insulation that I was using. I can play for hours and not disturb a soul! I will never be without one again. Well worth the money.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/5/2012

Submitter

overtone (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online from Mike

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo Mute is a whole lot better than any other I have ever used. It does a better job of absorbing all the vibrations at the bridge, and I particularly appreciate that its top plate is designed to tilt slightly back, without sliding off the bridge,so it doesn't make the strings buzz.

This mute is a quality piece of engineering and manufacture, well worth its price. It's light and handy, and it appears tough enough to last as long as my oldest mute, which has served me these fifty years.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/28/2012

Submitter

megs2323 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


I bought the mute as I live in a condo and definitely needed something to quiet my banjo when I practice, otherwise I'm quite sure my 3 neighbors would come for me with pitchforks and burning torches! I'm pleased to say the mute worked exactly as advertised and as well as all the other glowing reviews here. Mike was very prompt in acknowledging the order and shipping was so quick! I live in Washington and ordered it on a Monday morning and got it that Wednesday. Highly recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/26/2012

Submitter

Yngel (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


It's a banjo mute that works, and it doesn't fall off. Beautifully made, sturdy without damaging any part of your banjo (Well, it's brass, nylon and aluminum, you could probably damage your banjo if you really wanted to). Easily installed and removed, even on my compensated bridge. Leaves the banjo sounding crisp and clear, without string buzz. All banjo mutes take the "banjo out of the banjo" because of the physics involved. The vibrations from the strings are not fully allowed to transfer to the head's membrane because the mute's sheer weight absorbs so much energy (or vibration, which is the same), leaving precious little to make the head move air to make sound. This is a large mass/ small mass contest which the mute wins, leaving the woodwork to do the resonance job, like in a guitar. Your banjo ends up sounding like a crisp but warm western style guitar (well, mine does, anyway) at a pleasant low volume. I can now play my banjo in the next room without disturbing people, this was impossible before I got the mute. I doubt there is a better mute than Mike's out there. If you're not convinced by this review, just read on, but really, there's no need. All the reviews are pretty much the same. We're all in awe of this simple piece of equipment. If you need a banjo mute, just get this one. This could be a marriage saver, you know... The level of personal service from Mike was amazing too. I'm a fan!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 6/18/2012

Submitter

Twiss (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

EBay

Overall Comments


Bought this from Dave Spencer who is now selling these direct. Does what it says on the tin as it were. For $15 plus $5 postage, States to Oz, great value.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/16/2012

Submitter

Bhubbard491 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


It does exactly what it says it'll do; it mutes the banjo very nicely.

The screws for tightening the mute onto the bridge are made of nylon (or something plastic-like), not metal. I'm not sure why. It might never be an issue, but for the price I wouldn't expect any plastic bits.

I highly appreciate that the list price of the mute includes shipping (at least to my Zip Code). I wish every online vendor would do this!!!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/8/2012

Submitter

Bullbuck (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


Ordered a mute from Mike's website; had it in hand 3 days later. It really does the job well and is very easy to put on. For better or worse it does give the banjo an "electric" sound with much longer note sustain. I also have a Gold Tone bar mute, but it causes some buzzing, and slips around on the bridge. Mike's is a definite improvement. Actually, if you just want to reduce the decibels without altering the banjo "sound" at all, two small car wash sponge mitts in the resonator work very well. (I add Mike's mute when the wife's home).

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/2/2012

Submitter

JanB (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Received my order earlier this week and I have been really satisfied with the product. The mute is easy to install and it works really well. I can recommend this to anyone who wants to bring the volume of the banjo down.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/31/2012

Submitter

allen_m (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


It's becoming rare that a product does exactly what it says it does, is well constructed and can be purchased at a good value. Mike's Banjo mute is awesome and far exceeded my expectations. It'll last for years and although I just received it today, I know I'll be able to practice far more hours since I can now do so without disturbing other folks in the house. Awesome!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/30/2012

Submitter

Pete Moore (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I ordered a mute from Mike on 21st May. It was delivered in the UK on the 29th. I reckon that is pretty hard to beat for service.

I tried it out last night while butchering Beautiful Nothing. My wife stuck her head round the door and said 'that's a very nice tune'.
The downside is that I've been playing that tune for the last 3months without a mute.

So Mike - not only does it reduce the volume it also makes my playing sound better according to my wife!!!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/26/2012

Submitter

mikesven (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Amazing! I recently purchased Mike's mute to help keep some sanity in the household while practicing. I must say it does a really great job! It brings the overall sound down to a level where I can play in the basement with out bothering the rest of my family while at the same time not not changing the tone. I've found that I have been able to practice quite a bit more and am enjoying every second.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/25/2012

Submitter

Griff C (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Love it! Beautifully made, attaches easily and with great security. Allows just enough sound through for practice while not running the family nuts. A must have.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/23/2012

Submitter

larryjoy70 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

on-line

Overall Comments


Wanted to play my banjo on the porch during the nice weather. Figured a mute was in order to keep the neighbors from storming the house much the same as the villager’s did in the Frankenstein movie.
After reading some great advice on home devices in the forum, I decided that I was too lazy and purchased a “Mike’s Mute” on-line.
Received the mute within days and was well satisfied. Light, well built, easy on and off and a pleasure to use. Although not inexpensive, any apprehension will disappear after a few minutes of picking. As expected, I am playing longer each day as I don’t have to wait for the wife to leave the house.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/21/2012

Submitter

bdaa86 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bought from Mike in person

Overall Comments


I thought I'd pass along that I A/B'd Mike's mute against my Fielding Cutler last night when I got home and had some quiet to really hear the difference. I definitely like Mike's Mute better. I think they both silence the banjo the same amount, but Mike's Mute has a more banjo-like sound. The thing I like the best about Mike's Mute is that I can hear each note more distinctly. With my Fielding Cutler the notes tended to run together which I'd not really noticed until I compared them side-by-side. I may have to retire my FC and get another Mike's Mute.

Thanks for a great product!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/19/2012

Submitter

Jack J (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from mike

Overall Comments


After reading all I could find concerning mutes, and being dissatisfied with what I had already bought, I decided to purchase Mikes Mute. It is WONDERFUL!! Very easy to install/remove, very well made, and produces the most pleasing sound. If interested in muting the banjo sound, don't buy a $20 mute, go for the best .... a mute from Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/17/2012

Submitter

maikens1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

may 2012

Overall Comments


I receive Mike's mute and used it for the first time and was able to practice in the upstairs without the door closed. my wife thought it was closed.

works well and is easy to use

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/15/2012

Submitter

bowsnbanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Very pleased with the purchase and customer support. I received an email confirmation of my purchase from Mike and the mute arrived within a few days of order as promised. Mike was very helpful with several email replies as I was asking about bridge replacement issues also. The mute is simple to install and makes my banjo sound nice and mellow but still clear. It is easy to listen to conversations while playing and the family doesn't leave the room when I want to play. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/14/2012

Submitter

PapaSapps (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

It was gifted to me

Overall Comments


Add another 10 to the list. I am no longer banished to the basement when my 17 month old is sleeping. I play an old lark lbj-25 and mikes banjo mute makes it sound wonderful, just quiet. My hammer-ons and pull offs dont loose anything either. I'd recommend this to anyone.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/12/2012

Submitter

jlsmith1000 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I received an email from Mike the same day thanking me for the purchase and giving me a ship date. The mute was shipped promptly and I'm very happy with it. I've had a number of mutes in the past for both my 4 string and 5 string and I like this mute far and away above the rest. It attaches quickly and easily, it's well made, and it mutes the banjo nicely for those times I want to pick it up after my 4 year old has gone to bed (in the next room). Kudos to Mike. I am going to order a second 5 string mute and for a friend and a 4 string mute for myself.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/4/2012

Submitter

mcginty2002 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This mute is most excellent! I can finally get in practice at night without waking up my wife or disturbing the neighbors. I live right above my landlord so the mute is a lifesaver! Thumbs up!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/29/2012

Submitter

DuncanK (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Very nice banjo mute! I had been using "The Ultimate" banjo mute from Gold Tone and it muted the banjo a bit. But one day my wife opened the door to my practice room and said "You're sounding a lot better, much cleaner playing." She was being very nice, but I realized she could hear every note and it was time to look for something quieter.

Mike's mute was the answer, it is a lot quieter, making the banjo sound like a quiet steel-string acoustic guitar. The tone is much nicer too, a very sweet sound that many people have commented favorably on.

Mike's mute is also easier to put on and take off, without fear of moving the bridge.

If you live with others in a small house like I do, this mute will save your relationships, and the sound is so nice you will actually enjoy playing with it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/26/2012

Submitter

Mark Steiger (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's banjo mute

Overall Comments


I live in the south of France and banjos and their accessories are not easy to find here.
I was looking for a mute on the internet and ordered Mike's banjo mute on April 19th for less than Euros 30.- shipping included.
Mike wrote me a mail that I had to wait probably 2 or 3 weeks. Yesterday, April 25th, after only 5 days it arrived already in my letter box. Probably faster than if I had ordered a product in Europe.
Mike's banjo mute works as well and efficient as described. It is easy and fast to put on and take off and it really reduces the sound output, but the banjo is still very pleasant sounding with all five strings equally muted.
I am very satisfied with this great product.
Thank you, Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/22/2012

Submitter

tomwalling (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Mike

Overall Comments


Good mute, really quiets it down. Workmanship/quality is top notch. I'm a new player and my hands are kind of all over the place, the only problem I ran into is that it rises above the bridge and I hit the knobs. Knocked it off, and the whole bridge even went down a couple times as a result. However as I am learning how to position my hands this is becoming more of a non-issue. I would recommend to anybody.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/20/2012

Submitter

mdtennant (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com & banjoteacher.com

Overall Comments


After considering other mutes (GoldTone and Mystic) and reading various reviews, I decided to buy Mike's Banjo mute. I was not sold on the GoldTone mute and really thought Mike's mute would be a better option... whcih it is completely.

I received the first mute in 2 days of placing my order, which is hard to beat. I like it so much I ordered another one for me and one for my brother-in-law. I bought my first one via banjoteacher.com (which actually shipped directly from Mike) because I could not access Mike's website directly on my home computer for some unknown reason (that has nothing to do with his website, but rather my ISP). Then I bought two more directly through Mike's site.

The material used is solid and I am not worried about it falling apart or breaking.

It is really easy to use and drops the volume down significantly. It kind of reminds me of playing an electric guitar unplugged.

I must say, my upstairs neighbor is MUCH happier, my wife does not mind being in the same room with me when I practice and our cats don't jump every time I play. This thing works very well; certainly beyond my expectations.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/18/2012

Submitter

matelo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly through the mail

Overall Comments


Easy to buy with PayPal. Prompt delivery. Came well packaged with its own little drawstring bag. Extremely easy to put on and take off. Works like a charm. Notes still sustain but with very low volume. I can now play in my bedroom at night!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/6/2012

Submitter

Baltimonkey (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


I was not sure what to expect with Mike's mute. I read all the reviews, and I have had a Gold Tone mute for about 2 years. Frankly, I was not unhappy with the Gold Tone - it did the job okay. My only concern was the fact that I have re-glued the fuzzy interior a few times, as it came loose from the brass casing every few months. But, like most banjo "tinkerers" I wanted to see if there was something better on the market.

The Mike's Mute had lots of good reviews, but it also costs twice as much at the Gold Tone. However, a $34 investment in something that will save a marriage, and keep a sleeping newborn sleeping seemed reasonable to try. Besides you have a 7-day money back guarantee if I didn't like it. But, with a the radiused neck on one of my banjos, I felt like I needed to talk to someone - and Mike was there to take my call and give advice(Thanks).

Today, I got the mute, and tried it. I really liked it. It was nice a quiet. But was it quieter than the traditional Gold Tone? I went back and forth, and swore Mike's had the better and quieter sound. But, then I thought I was biased... I mean. I have a mute already that technically functions with the Gold Tone. Was I just trying to make myself feel better about spending the money?

So, I had my PREGNANT wife sit across the room with her eyes closed. I played one mute than the other. She picked your mute and said it was quieter and less "nasal" sounding to the Gold Tone. Then she said, "I think I could even watch TV while you play with that one..."

I am sold. And EVEN MORE...My PREGNANT wife is sold.


I ordered a 2nd mute today for my flat bridged banjos. I liked it THAT much.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/6/2012

Submitter

cdmac (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I've had the mute for 1 day. Love it. This is my first (and probably only mute), so I don't have much to compare to. All I know is that I'm practicing now, and my wife and baby are sleeping. Life is good.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/3/2012

Submitter

salves (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Website

Overall Comments


Hassle free ordering. Mute arrived in the post promptly.
As a beginner, I tend to pick very heavily and as a consequence was banished to practice away from the family. Wanting a solution that would allow closer family contact, I looked for a solution and found Mike's mute. I am very happy with the results, and the banjo is now almost as quiet as an electric solid body guitar. It gives the banjo an interesting new tone and allows me to practice with little disturbance to others. It get a 9 out of 10 as it was a bit of a tight fit between the strings when mounting, but no problem once mounted.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/31/2012

Submitter

puddIejumper (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Received this from Mike in about 3 days. The mute really works well, makes my banjo have more of a low volume guitar sound. Makes it very easy to practice without bothering those around you.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/30/2012

Submitter

jchipps_1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Website

Overall Comments




Received my Mike's Mute (standard version) a few days ago. It was a very smooth transaction and it shipped extremely fast.

Mike sent an email confirming shipment and saying I'd probably get it in about week. It actually arrived within about 3 days.

I can't really compare it to any other mutes since I've never owned any others, but from what I've seen so far, I think it would be hard to beat.

This mute is made extremely well, easy to put on and take off, and it definitely does a great job of "Muting" the banjo.

I had tried the "clothespin" method etc. but that just didn't do the trick for me.

With Mikes Mute, it's like turning a lion's roar into a kitten's meow !

It's hard to describe the sound, but kinda similar to a "very quiet" acoustic guitar. It's a very sweet and pleasing sound and as I expected, my wife and kids LOVE it ! :-)

I normally use it when I want to practice in the evening etc., but don't feel like going off like a hermit to another part of the house. I can actually stay in the living room with the rest of the family and practice, without disturbing them or driving them crazy.

The only small problem I had was on a Kat Eyz Prowler Spice bridge. It's not a radius bridge, but the ends of the bridge do kinda taper off a little. When I had the mute on that bridge, the 5th string was slightly louder than the other strings. Not extreme, but noticeable. I think it was because due to the slight taper, the mute wasn't making as good of contact on the 5th string side. I put a small piece of tape under it at the 5th string and it took care of the issue.
So far I've tried it on a couple other bridges (Snuffy and a Huber) and it performed flawlessly.

I would "highly recommend" this mute to anyone wanting to occasionally "quiet" their banjo.



Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/29/2012

Submitter

five_string (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online from Mike

Overall Comments


This mute sells for twice the price of the "ultimate mute" but in my opinion is worth many times the price. The mute is extremely quiet and is very rugged. It installs easily with one hand. After experiencing it I would not have any other mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/23/2012

Submitter

Norm2704 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This thing is excellent. Easy to install, and works perfectly. I used it last night and my dog actually stayed on the couch with me as I practiced, something she never would do before... I recommend this to everyone.. If you think picks are a necessity, Mike's banjo mute is even moreso!!

Best money I ever spent..
Love it!

Norm.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/18/2012

Submitter

Flitzepitz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike himself

Overall Comments


This is a great addition that allows me to pick 24/7 wether my wife be sleeping next door or I be sitting outside on the patio at night. I bought the five-string straight bridge version via Mike's website. It shipped to Europe in just over a week. Assembly takes literally 3 seconds and it's done. it doesn't detune the banjo or damage the bridge. I'd recommend the youtube videos for soundbites. I'm so pleased with this little gadget that I've just ordered another one for a friend!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/11/2012

Submitter

Patanjali (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


You would think, living in New York City, I would be able to find a local store that sold banjo mutes. No luck. Not even Mando Bros down in Staten Island. I was trying to decide between Mikes mute, which everyone was raving about here, and one from the Deering website, which was $10 cheaper. Took a chance on Mike and I am very happy with my decision and purchase. I purchased on Sunday, got an email from Mike Sunday night saying thank you and that he would have it in the mail by Tuesday, (Monday was a Holiday), and I received the mute Friday.

The mute is well built and exactly what I needed. Practicing in a NYC apartment late at night wasnt possible before. Now I can play all night long and not bother anyone.

I highly recommend Mikes Banjo Mute to anyone. Great product and great service.

Dan

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/7/2012

Submitter

rickhayes (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

A small online store to remain nameless

Overall Comments


The mute works as advertised. It installs easily and is a solid piece. It does a good job decreasing the volume and making it easier on the ears. Of course your instrument is going to sound less “banjoey” and more like a banjola perhaps. It does result in greater sustain and less decay. None of these points has any negative effect on practicing, however. In fact, I kind of like the different sound and it prompted me to compose a tune that I will upload to the Hangout to give you a flavor of its tone.

When I first started using it months ago I was having a problem in that I often bumped or brushed into it and knocked it off the bridge. I think another reviewer also mentioned this. It became annoying and I thought it would cause me to downgrade my rating somewhat. However, that problem seems to have almost disappeared as I have gotten used to having it there, so I have no reservations about recommending it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/2/2012

Submitter

dennis14 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute web site

Overall Comments


I like it. The volume is reduced quite a bit. The sound is somewhat different, but not enough to mess up your practice time.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/27/2012

Submitter

LANCASTER (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I live in an apartment with very thin walls so I can't practice for fear of being evicted. The only action was to purchase Mike's Banjo mute.
I recieved it in just a few days and boy does it work! High quality, looks good, and does the job. It is very easy to install/un-install. I highly recommend this to anyone needing to dampen the sound.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/25/2012

Submitter

Hoofa (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from mike

Overall Comments


I really like this banjo mute. Nicely made and easy to use. I have been playing for just 6 months and the only problem is I use it at night and I sound better with it on than when its off. I play like a wild man and no one can hear me.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/25/2012

Submitter

Parker135 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ordered from mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I'm totally new to banjo, so I don't have much to compare Mike's mute to. However, it works like a charm. I'm obviously not making the most melodious sounds at this point, and the mute allows me to give my wife a break. The mute itself is beautifully made and attaches easily. Mike's service is great. He's very responsive to emails and ships quickly. Highly recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/24/2012

Submitter

paulb7664 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


This mute is very well made and perfect for playing indoors.
I ordered this mute from Mikes website, it took about a week to arrive to the UK. I have no hesitation in recommending Mikes service and this Mute.

Paul

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/24/2012

Submitter

rebelchile (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


Great craftsmanship, very solid piece. This mute does just what it's designed to do.... plus it leaves sustain and ring in the banjo and makes picking out licks up the neck more interesting when you don't want to disturb others.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/23/2012

Submitter

stick (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online through his shop

Overall Comments


Awesome! Nicely made. Does the job! Quiet practice at last! Only problem is that it makes the banjo quieter...wait...that's what it is supposed to do huh... Blasphemy!!!! Anyway, great mute. SUPER fast shipping. I am a very happy customer!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/18/2012

Submitter

chrisalis (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from maker

Overall Comments


Yet another happy camper! The mute arrived 10 days after I ordered it; a really nice email from Mike asking how I heard about the mute-then ANOTHER to thank me for my reply!

I consider myself very lucky indeed to have discovered this GREAT piece of banjo kit straight off; from what I've seen, some people have spent a lot of time and money to get to the stage I'm at now; a great sounding instrument that I can " calm down" when I need to, either for practise or for singing to ( singing some songs with a banjo is the equivalent to playing lullabies on bagpipes )

The banjo sounds great when muted - still all the tone and sustain that I want, but no projection. Yes, it's different to an unmuted banjo, but the difference does not diminish the sweet sound. Beautifully crafted - I'd like to bet mike has a drawerful of prototypes somewhere! Easy to fit: easy to remove. Easy to like. Nothing to dislike.

As I said at the start - nice one Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/17/2012

Submitter

sehatfield (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Just got this today. Man what a difference. Asked my wife in the next room (we have hollow doors in the house) if she could hear me playing and she couldn't. But that's not the best part, well it might be for the family, what I loved is that I can hear the clear separation of notes and hear them all so I could tell if I was playing something correctly. Nice mute Mike. Love it.

Steve Hatfield

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/15/2012

Submitter

Ichiban Jo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


Effective, Ingenious, A true "must have" !
Wife wonders why I don't use it all the time, son says it's the single greatest improvement to my banjo...
If decibels are your problem, this mute is the solution. Works perfectly! No question here, I'd buy it again.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes mute
submitted 2/15/2012

Submitter

fdre3wsd (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


it's almost the same sound level as a solid body electric unplugged. It's kind of eerie at first. Plus, made in the usa, fastest shipping ever, nice guy, all that. What's not to like.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/14/2012

Submitter

tjommy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I recieved a personal email from Mike telling me that the Mute is on the way, and it was. It got here quicker than sooner. My banjo practice was limited to when my family wasn't sleeping, also my guitar playing friends complained about me being too loud. Mike's Banjo Mute solved those two problems. Now I can play all night if I want. My Dad heard me practicing from the other room and asked me if I bought a new instrument. It gives the banjo a clear bell like tone. Good or bad; depending on how you look at it, it don't sound like a banjo anymore. I like it as I have more versatility for non-bluegrass tunes. Apologies to you bluegrass purists.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/14/2012

Submitter

bkdraft (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Banjo Mute

Overall Comments


Wow! What can you say, top notch construction and works great! Amazing how much it quietens down the banjo. Highly recommended if you need to keep the peace in the house. :-)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/6/2012

Submitter

jhudson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from mike

Overall Comments


JUST GOT MY NEW BANJO MUTE IN FROM MIKE'S BANJO MUTES. THIS IS A VERY WELL MADE MUTE. IT WORKS FANTASTIC AND IT'S MADE IN AMERICA!!! WELL WORTH THE MONEY. I'VE ALREDY STARTED RECOMMENDING IT TO MY FRIENDS. THANKS FOR A GREAT PRODUCT MIKE.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/5/2012

Submitter

alanjg1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike.

Overall Comments


Best mute I've ever had.
A friend just tried mine and ordered one straight away.
If you need a mute, this one is highly recommended.
Easy and quick to attach, well made and doesn't get in the way of the right hand.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/3/2012

Submitter

xrpilot (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This mute is a must! I just received my Mike's mute in the mail this morning (extremely fast shipping) The mute is well made and absolutely perfect in it's design, simplicity and ease of installation. I am just a month into learning and play for a couple of hours a day. I found myself not playing as hard or fast due to the fact that I did not want to drive everybody in the house nuts when I hit a clunker...not to mention ringing my own ears. I installed it in just seconds and wow what a difference. I can't wait until this afternoon practice session!

Highly recommend this product!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/1/2012

Submitter

takemiya (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I want to add one more to the list of people here that think highly of Mike's Banjo Mute.
When searching for a mute I wanted one that was well made, durable, would significantly decrease the sound level, not totally distort the sound or buzz, and be affordable. Well, I am happy to say that Mike's scored on all of those.
I am able to learn the banjo now without disturbing anyone and without having to close myself off in a room away from everyone.
The mute is easy to put on and take off. You don't need to tighten it much so I don't think the durability of the nylon screws, as someone else had mentioned, will be an issue.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/31/2012

Submitter

John Gill (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

on line

Overall Comments


The best practice mute I've ever used. Works great on all my banjo's and it's terrific for apartment practicing. Highly recommended.
John Gill

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/30/2012

Submitter

Barry Smith (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


This is an excellent product and well worth the money. I wear hearing aids and was concerned that the quality of the sound would be impacted. Boy, was I wrong to worry. The sound is just lower and the quailty is not diminsihed in any way. I am now able to hear the songs that I am practing to jam with clarity , my picking is getting more fluid, and I can stay on time. Great Product. Buy one before the price goes up.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/29/2012

Submitter

alvacouch (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's web store

Overall Comments


A work of art. I purchased this mute for practice purposes so that I will not disturb wife or neighbors. It outperforms all of my expectations. The main thing I like about it is that it does not affect sustain. Tone and sustain are (for me, as a novice) the most difficult things to master, and the mute allows me to know whether I am getting close (or not) to the proper tone. I mainly use it on an inexpensive resonator, but also use it it on a wood-head open-back practice banjo, and it works similarly, but does not attenuate the sounds nearly as much as it does on a resonator. One satisfied customer.

Update after two years of use: This mute remains the best that I have tried for steel strings: I use it regularly on a steel-stringed Ramsey Woody with great satisfaction.  I have also tried the tenor version on steel strings with similar satisfying results. I have found very few mutes that perform acceptably with nylon strings. This one does "alright" with some buzzing, but is not optimal. For steel strings I reach for this one every single time.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/27/2012

Submitter

qwikmat (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's web site

Overall Comments


The short story is:
- Fast delivery (10 days from US to Sweden)
- It works!
- Buy it if you need a mute that works!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/22/2012

Submitter

gregoryfl (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


I started playing banjo last year, and I think I have been making good progress. I don't know about everyone else but during the past year I have managed to truly and thoroughly annoyed my entire family. They have been very supportive and have never asked me to 'please stop' playing but I do know 'the look' and what it means.

After months and months of irritating my family I started researching a way to make my banjo quieter. The first thing I tried way putting a polishing cloth in the tailpiece. That helped but wasn't really enough. Next I starting picking without picks. This made the banjo much quieter but really messed up my lessons. I found it difficult to transition from playing without picks to playing with picks. So my research continued.

I liked the idea of a banjo mute. It made perfect sense to dampen the vibrations from bridge to the head. I found the Gold Tone mute and Mike's mute. I was actually in the process of ordering the Gold Tone mute when I saw a video for Mike's mute. I was amazed how well it worked. With most things I didn't fully believe the video. I searched for more and found several examples. They all showed the same amazing muting capabilities. I decided to order Mike's mute instead. I am really glad I did.

Using Mike's mute allows me to use picks and play in the family room with the TV going and the whole family present. I actually need to use picks, otherwise the volume is way too low. Even though the mute does change the tone of the banjo, it transforms the tone into a very mellow chime.

I won't go quite as far as saying the Mike's mute saved my marriage and kept me from being kicked out of the house and becoming a homeless, roving banjo player, but it was close. Thank's Mike for coming up with your mute design and being so great to work with. I think every banjo player should own one of your mutes for each of their banjos.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/22/2012

Submitter

MrHoney (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Well, it does exactly what you want it to. Mutes your banjo to about the sound of a normally strummed guitar, maybe quieter. Fits quick and ease. I can't see any reason it would wear anything over time. Good purchase for the considerate ;) Might be a bad habit to use it all the time, so find a place to be loud. But when you can't...this is the answer.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/22/2012

Submitter

Stan23 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Mutes Website

Overall Comments


I purchased a Mike's Mute after seeing one of a similar design in use. I was somewhat unhappy with the Gold Tone mute I had purchased when I took up the five string, it didn't reduce the volume enough to be called a "mute".

However, Mike's is very successful on that score: it dramatically reduces the level by twice the the Gold Tone (which constantly shifts, sags, falls off, and de-fuzzes black material onto the instrument). With the new mute, my resonated banjo is now very quiet - more than enough.  I can now practice without fear of disturbing neighbors on the other side of my walls.

My only minor complaint, which I can easily rectify, is that the bolts that the knobs screw into are made of plastic. There may be a technical reason, but those mutes of a similar design that I have seen before were of all metal construction. And so, I am a little less confident of the mute's durability than I otherwise would have been. Admittedly, I have not contacted Mike's Mutes to ask why plastic is used instead of steel or brass, and there may yet be a valid reason for it. 

I may simply replace the bolts with  "Home Depot" equivalents when they eventually wear out or get cross threaded. 

Addendum:

Mike's Mutes contacted me today and explained that nylon screws improve the tonal quality of a muted instrument: "I wanted to address your concern about the nylon screws I use on my mutes.  I've tried metal screws like the other mute you saw but it added a harshness to the sound.  Also the nylon adds a flexibility between the top and legs of the mute which prevents string buzz.  One of the major problems the the other mute.  In the time I've been producing mutes there has only been one broken bolt that I happily replaced.  In that case the mute was dropped.  

If you do replace the screws I would be interested in hearing the results.  The screw is a 6-32 X 1 1/2 and is available at Lowes or Home Depot."

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/22/2012

Submitter

johnboy136 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Slips right on, does the job as I can now play and practice in the other room while everyone else is asleep and not distrurb a single person.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/20/2012

Submitter

jamie733 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

by mail from Mike

Overall Comments


This is a very well-made, functional, and good-looking piece. Mike has hit a home run here. The sound it produces is beautiful and soft enough so you can practice at full throttle and still not preclude someone's watching TV in the same room. Furthermore, the quietness of the sound allows you to hear things in your playing that are not so obvious at full volume but may need attention. Things like pick noise are easier to hear, plus you can hear fully the details of what is happening with your left hand; hammers, pulls, and slides sound like they are under a microscope. This is now an essential practice tool for me. I plan to get a radiused model too for my RB-12. You will not regret buying Mike's Banjo Mute. Plus, Mike is a great guy.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 1/20/2012

Submitter

mikey49 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Overall Comments


Just received The Ultimate Banjo mute in the mail;slipped it on the bridge, and presto, my banjo sounds much quieter than before.Great mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/20/2012

Submitter

Petr_Spodniak (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

by mail from Mike

Overall Comments


Simply, it WORKS! Even better than expected. Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/19/2012

Submitter

darrelhayes (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


I can't give works that can describe my satisfaction with Mike's mute. Amazed is the best that I can say. I was not prepared for it to work as it did. I can play (I use that word loosely) and watch TV and not disturb anyone including myself. Probably the best banjo accessory purchase I have ever made. I think I will order another just to have a spare. No picker should be without one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/17/2012

Submitter

Gallaher (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike

Overall Comments


Works great ....it mutes! I'm in hotels alot and this thing lets me play whenever I want!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/13/2012

Submitter

Dave1climber (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


The most important feature of a mute is that it mutes, Mike's mute does that very well. Additionally it should not cause a change of tone or tuning. Mikes mute gets an A+. Its also easy to install and remove and stays put. It does not interfere with my picking. Its also nicely made, no one will ask you "what is that ugly thing".
Mike is no farther away than you phone and is friendly and helpful.
If you need a mute to keep your wife happy, Mikes mute is what you want.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/13/2012

Submitter

willytee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I ran across this mute on Mike's webpage and was sold on the video demonstration. This is a well made piece. I had purchased a mute years ago when I was first picked up the banjo. I never was satisfied with it. I can now watch my favorite show on TV and play like crazy without disturbing everyone in the household. Sounds like a muted dobro , beautiful. Well worth the money. Thanks again Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/6/2012

Submitter

Quartermaster James (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


Great mute. Well crafted, and gets the job done! Have used it on various bridge designs and with both steel and nylon strings, all without problem.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/4/2012

Submitter

brad53 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

on-line

Overall Comments


Wow what a welcome relief to turn the volume down from 10 to 3. My practice time has increased about the same. My wife just smiles as she walks past! Great workmanship. Thank You!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/4/2012

Submitter

jnklight (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I can't say that I've tried a bunch of different banjo mutes but I can say for sure that I am not disappointed by Mike's. It gently clamps on to my bridge so there are no worries about it falling off or damaging the bridge. The best part is that when the kids are going to sleep I can still play. I always got complaints when they were trying to go to sleep, even when I was playing as quietly as I could. Now with Mike's mute on I am wailing on those strings and not a peep from the second floor. In fact it's so quite my wife came down and said that the banjo has never sounded so good ;-)
If I had to find a comment, I would mention that there is a tendency for the strings to whine a bit with the mute on but not enough for me to change my rating.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/4/2012

Submitter

mjbrennan (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/22/2011

Submitter

dwpennell (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


This has got to be the greatest practice tool available. Practicing banjo rolls can be so annoying even to the player. With Mike's Banjo Mute I tend to keep at it much longer as it does not annoy me or my family. It sure helps new players develop faster and keep the family happy as well. I can practice anytime anywhere.. it is so effective.

This thing is easy to get on and off, does not damage anything, and works just the demos indicate.. I love it! .. thanks Mike

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/16/2011

Submitter

bustedknuckle (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike's site`

Overall Comments


I like it. Nice to look at, well made, easy to use, great correspondence with Mike directly, fast shipping. Oh- and I really like the sound it produces. I may leave it on. I also appreciate that he makes one specifically sized for the four-string.
Actually, the whole experience is a great example of what doing business is supposed to be, and so seldom is.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/14/2011

Submitter

nmchenry (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On Line Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


I'm very new to banjo, and needless to say my practicing sometimes gets on the nerves of family members. A friend recommended Mike's Banjo Mute and it is everything it claims to be! Easy on, easy off; no vibration; mutes the music, but keeps the integrity of what you're playing! It's a great tool and I highly recommend it!

Nate, Durham, NC

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/11/2011

Submitter

stevenalc (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ordered from website

Overall Comments


I bought based upon the many reviews I saw. I can say that it is very well crafted, works wonderfully, and is one of the few products made where you can still actually talk to the maker...Mike. I have a rather unique situation in that I am a truck driver and a team driver at that. That means that I have a co-driver and we drive the entire US 24/7 27 days out of 30. It means we live on the truck and a banjo is not a quiet instrument. I am relearning after having been away from it for about 25 years. I have respect for my co-driver who I don't wish to expose to the many hours of listening horror that go into learning the banjo. This mute reduces volume to a level that he can't even hear it when I am in the bunk playing and he is driving. Our truck is not that loud so I would say that is an excellent test of its purpose. If you have never used one, it simply has two small legs that slide under your bridge and then you tighten a couple of screws and the brass bar contacts the strings on top of the bridge. I am no physicist but I guess that it prevents the transference of vibration from the bridge to the banjo head. It does not mute the strings like your fingers do when you don't press down to the fret. It leaves the strings to "ring" or sustain. There is no "buzzing". It doesn't change the way the banjo plays or feels and doesn't get in the way of your picking hand. It goes on or off in a few seconds without any trouble and does not threaten any damage to any of your banjo's components. One reviewer mentioned the "plastic" screws but I believe they are nylon and were specifically chosen for their properties in the component rather than a "cost cutting" measure. I think Mike must have shipped it before I hit the send button on the order. He makes a great product, gets it to you as quickly as anyone could, and is a great guy to talk to. I highly recommend. Thanks Mike!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/11/2011

Submitter

HicksvilleBanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike's Website

Overall Comments


I was first impressed with how quickly I recieved this product as I ordered it on a Friday night and it was in my mailbox on Monday afternoon, from Utah to Ohio, now thats service. I am impressed with this "Made in the USA" product. The workmanship is very good. This mute works much better then the Gold Tone I have and does not mark up the bridges like my antique mute. I would recomend this mute for anyone who needs to tone down thier practicing and not disturb those with a lesser appreaciation for the music of a Banjo. I practice between 4:00 and 6:00 am so this works out well for me. Now MIke...........about my fiddle

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/10/2011

Submitter

Bideawa (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Works great and is easy to put on and take off (I use my left hand, cuz I'm wearing picks on my right hand). Excellent for quiet practice, and a must for playing along with lesson videos. Really quiets the banjo, without killing the tone (check out some of the demos on YouTube).

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute - Radius
submitted 12/8/2011

Submitter

dunaif (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I received the mute in only a couple days after placing my order.

The mute does a great job in reducing the volume of the banjo and will be great for players who live in apartments, who want to practice late at night or keep from disturbing others at home.

On my banjo, the mute changes the tone such that it sounds like a quiet dobro. It's quite a pretty sound and fun to play this way. For practice purposes, it does make it hard to hear one's mistakes, however the reduction in volume outweighs this disadvantage, in my opinion.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/6/2011

Submitter

maddog71 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I just got my new banjo mute and it is really nice. Really cuts down on the volume and it adds a cool warmth and sustain from the brass. Definitely recommend that you pick one up plus Mike is a cool guy and he'll reply to your emails and make jokes with you. Now I don't have any excuse not to practice!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/6/2011

Submitter

london31 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Works great! I am a little worried about the plastic screws but we will see how they hold up over time. I can now practice as late as I want without bothering the wife or baby! Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/4/2011

Submitter

Jay K (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I live in a small Brooklyn apartment and this mute is perfect. It's a beautifully crafted little machine. As other have noted it has a very pleasing tone. I haven't used any other mutes, and can't imagine I ever will.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 12/2/2011

Submitter

buckholler (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Amazon

Overall Comments


I love this mute. Its so easy to use. I would recommend it to everyone. Plus its very reasonably priced ($14). A must if you like to practice at night and have sleeping kids and/or spouse in the house. Its a good peace keeper. I'd rate it a 9-10.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/28/2011

Submitter

gearomad (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Mike's site

Overall Comments


A real fine piece of work. The way I saw it, I was spending the money on more practice time, not having to wait while neighbours and family were out! It is well made. It keeps sustain but reduces volume considerably. Easy on and off. I wouldn't consider other mutes having read some of the disappointing reviews. Total thumbs up from me.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/28/2011

Submitter

mudlakesandy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On Line

Overall Comments


First very prompt shipping- think Mike skipped Thanksgiving dinner to pack and ship. Works completely as promised- will bring peace to quiet spaces- very pleasant tone to my otherwise loud Maple Sierra. On and off no problem- super solution

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/25/2011

Submitter

hogen10 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Jack Hatfield

Overall Comments


Beautiful little mute. The sound is great and the piece itself is elegant and polished. Classy little thing. You get a little red bag to store it in w/ your picks, if you use them. Highly recommended!
Jim Conklin

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/23/2011

Submitter

marko_kolm (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I’m not really a banjo player. I used to play guitar, but due to a certain neurological condition I’m not able to use my left hand properly any more, so I did not play music for many years. Then it occurred to me that the banjo, with its fewer strings and open tuning, could help me as a therapeutic device, to regain some strength and control over my numb hand. The only problem was volume. When I’m doing my exercises it often doesn’t sound very musically at all, annoying every living creature around. Initially I tried attaching clothespins to the bridge. It helped a bit, but volume reduction was not nearly enough, and there was always the risk of hitting a pin and dislocating or maybe even damaging the bridge. But then I became aware of this mute, and what an ingenious and well-made little piece of equipment it turned out to be! It is doing exactly what I was hoping for. Volume reduction is substantial, and it still sounds good and inspiring (albeit different of course). Now I can practice e.g. while watching TV without having to crank up the volume of the set, or with my wife being in the same room. And it can safely be installed or removed in an instant. All I can say is that I’m very satisfied and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to reduce the volume of his/her instrument.

Since I could not find a banjo mute in local music stores here in Vienna/Austria I had to buy online, fearing that I would not get the item within many weeks. But to my surprise, less than one week (!) after placing the order it materialized in my mailbox, packed neatly and safely. I even received a very personal and understanding Email from Mike himself – now what does that say about great service?! And the price is a bargain considering that worldwide shipping is included. There really seems to be something special about small companies that care about their products and customers. Thank you Mike for everything!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/19/2011

Submitter

rockjock (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


This accessory is the bridge to a better place! I've not been able to play banjo for the last 5 years because of living in an Apartment and thin walls. The sound I'm left with after installing the mute is a beautiful subtle guitar like sound perfect for playing with full dynamic practice without disturbing the neighbors. EASY install. I've tried other mutes and none hold a candle to this. I wish this kind of mute were made for fiddle bridges so my wife could play as well. Thanks Mike! Cheers.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/15/2011

Submitter

birdmanUK (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute web site

Overall Comments


I've just received it in the UK just 10 days after placing my order with Mike in the US. I couldn't be more pleased with it. It's a great piece of engineering. It mutes the banjo to the sound level of an unamplified electric guitar. It fits onto the bridge literally in about 5 seconds. Perfect and great value.

I struggled to find a quality mute on sale in the UK.

Mike does not charge postage - it's all in the price. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/14/2011

Submitter

kevoxyde (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ordered it from Mike

Overall Comments


I am new to the banjo and have been practicing. Being a beginner I suck. I suck VERY LOUDLY !! That hadn't been a problem but recently I have been forced to move into an apartment...I hadn't been able to practice at all and was getting lonely for it... So I just Googled "banjo mute". Mike's mute was first in the search results. I read about it and then decided to do some research. It's not the cheapest thing out there, but I didn't want something that was hard to put on, or something that would move the bridge or damage the instrument or get in the way. It seems this mute comes highly recommended so I bought it..I received it in about 3 days. It was well packaged. It looks like it's well built and will probably last forever. It's very easy to put on. It really does quiet the banjo. It gives the banjo a nice "chiming" dobro like quality that I really like to listen to. I pray that it prevents me from getting kicked out of my apartment. No one has complained yet and it's been 3 days! Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/13/2011

Submitter

Doriandm (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


Excellent communication and delivery. Really appreciate the strong customer service.

Mute works exactly as expected. Easy to put on and take off. Really reduces the sound output, but still very pleasant sounding. Great for practice which was my primary purpose for purchasing. Also seems very durable.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/8/2011

Submitter

SirRight (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


As a brand new banjo player, the person who sold me a banjo (Bobb62) highly recommended Mike's Banjo Mute. I have a Deering Calico and have read (heard?) that the only banjo that is louder is a Stelling. I can't believe how much this mute quiets down the Banjo...almost too quiet. What I also love about this product is the ease of installing and un-installing, the quality of materials, and the fact that it does not distort the pitch tone of the strings. It also fits perfectly under the picking hand when you arch your hand the way you are supposed to. There is no way that this item will ever harm your bridge, and it works perfectly on my Arthur Hatfield compensated bridge.

(I have not received any kind of compensation to endorse this product - I just really, really like it!)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/8/2011

Submitter

justtysen (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


The mute is easy to put on and take off and stays securely in place regardless of the orientation of the banjo.

The knobs on the mute do stick up enough from the bridge that one's hand could touch them as it curves over the bridge. I only noticed this as a complete beginner trying out hand-arm-wrist positions with no armrest. After attaching an armrest and working on my arm and hand placement to increase stability I do not even get that close to the mute. So I doubt it would interfere with most people's setup and hand positioning, but everybody is a little different so it is worth considering how your hand currently rests.

Now, regarding sound, the mute makes the banjo sound very guitar like to me. I suspect this is similar to what all bridge mounted mutes sound like, but I do not know. It is a pleasant enough sound but a shockingly different one from the standard banjo so I often choose to instead use a hand towel between the head and coordinator rod when I only have to be somewhat quiet. However the mute offers a significantly quieter sound and so is still useful.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/7/2011

Submitter

jgrimaldi8 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

September 2011

Overall Comments


This is the mute to get for those who care about their banjo. This mute works very well, but the best thing about it for me, is that it attaches easily and with very minimum contact to the bridge. Other mutes can move or damage the bridge. Mike's mute is very low invasive. A great product!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/2/2011

Submitter

otusbubo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's site

Overall Comments


While I always appreciate not irritating the neighbors, I regularly play with a mute just because of the tonal difference it provides, and Mike's mute has great tone! Very glad to have made the purchase.

John

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/30/2011

Submitter

nikosmanias (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Site

Overall Comments


I got my Mike's mute some days ago .
It's absolutely amazing and efficient as described .
I really recommend it to all apartment pickers, frustrated by their neighbors' complaints.
Thanks Mike !
Nick from Switzerland

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 10/25/2011

Submitter

Spitfire-Smith (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Amazon.com

Overall Comments


Very impressed with this mute. It probably cuts the volume of my banjo down about 40-50%. My wife loves it as my banjo doesn't ring out all over our house. It definitely works better than the old towel in the resonator trick. It does give the banjo a very long sustain though.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/17/2011

Submitter

Tom Schiltz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike over the phone

Overall Comments


I bought this mute primarily because I play hard and my banjos are loud as are most banjos. It does a great job of quieting down the notes of the banjo, and my own hearing remains fine. I have mostly Nechville Enterprise bridges on my banjos and the mute fits them with no problem, even though they are rounded for compensation. The sound is quiet, and somewhat "dobro-like", and the notes have great sustain. It is easy to apply and is not in the way of my picking hand. It comes in a cloth pouch with a drawstring. It's the best mute I have purchased. I recommend it for all banjo pickers.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/13/2011

Submitter

Charlie Sometimes (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is one product that does exactly what the man making it says it will do! The demo video that you can watch is completely true - it really reduces the sound of my resonator-equiped banjo to that of an acoustic guitar, or maybe even less. I am really amazed and tickled pink to have this mute now. I will be able to practice ANY TIME OF DAY OR NIGHT because it makes it so quite. And to beat it all, the banjo still sounds great! No buzzing or anything abnormal to destract you. I currently have a compensated bridge on my banjo and it works very well with it, too. This is the best money I have spent, so far, on my new hobby - simplistic design and construction, quality materials, and great customer service have made this a spectactularly positive experience! Do not hesitate to buy one of these, if you need a mute! Don't waste your money on anything else - this is a great product!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/11/2011

Submitter

ncss (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


This mute is high quality, easy to put on and take off (don't even need to take off your picks), and makes continuous banjo playing tolerable to my 11 month old and his awesome mother. They both love to listen to me play, but let's be honest, being in the same room with a beginning banjo player can probably get on most people's nerves after a while. This mute has really improved my practice time and given me the opportunity to play a lot more than without it. I highly recommend it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/8/2011

Submitter

Mariegottabanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


5 string banjo newbie with an entry level resonator back Countryman. Decided to get a mute to spare the neighbours and family while I stumble all over my rolls and decided on this one as there is little on offer in the UK and having seen it in action on Youtube I was very impressed. Now I have the mute on my banjo I am very pleased with it, simple to fit, an obvious drop in volume with the added bonus of a lovely warm tone.
I ordered it from Mike's web site and 9 days later it arrived, great communication from Mike, so overall I'm very happy :-)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/5/2011

Submitter

azflyman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO, from Mike

Overall Comments


This mute works great! I was a but put ut by the plastic screws but I see the purose in the design, it protects the bridge from being crushed by overtightening. The thing that shocked me is that the banjo no longer sounds like a banjo. Kind of like stumming a chord on an acoustic guitar and strumming the same chord on an electric guitar. A very radical difference but I would say the volume drops by 80-90% in my opinion. Works well with a standard bridge with 3 feet and 2 openings but I don't think it would work well with some bridges (spillway with numerous small holes). It might be a hard fit with a moon bridge if there is much curve, not sure. Overall a quality product, yes I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 10/3/2011

Submitter

Fathand (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


My Gold Tone Ultimate Banjo Mute is my wife's new best friend. She told me my plectrum banjo was too loud in the house so I bought the mute even though I usually play my 5 string. One day she told me the 5 string was loud too so I thought I would try the mute on it even though I have a compensated bridge that I didn't think it would fit. Surpisingly, it did fit and works quite well, just a little loose at one end of the compensated bridge..

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/26/2011

Submitter

Bob Nicholls (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On-line

Overall Comments


I wanted an effective banjo mute as I live in a flat (apartment) and wanted to reduce the sound so as not to annoy my neighbours when practising. The mute I was using was fairly good but still very loud when playing with picks. I therefore looked on the Internet and came across Mike's Banjo Mute. The testimonials by well-known banjo players convinced me to buy one of Mike's mutes which I did. It was sent from America to England and arrived in just over a week which was excellent. The mute itself is considerably quieter than my original and is clearly a quality product. It is made of solid brass and is an attractive addition to the banjo. The website says it is easy to fit onto the banjo and this is indeed the case. I had no trouble whatsoever - it fits in seconds. The two screws can be tightened lightly by hand - no screwdriver or other tool is required. The mute comes in a nice little soft fabric bag which can then be stored in the banjo case. It was good doing business with Mike as he provides his e-mail address and answers any questions straightaway. I am happy with Mike's Banjo Mute and have no hesitation in recommending it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/18/2011

Submitter

RogerA (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


With neighbors on three sides this mute really did the trick, thanks mike well done.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/14/2011

Submitter

cjernst (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I had a Fielding-Cutler mute that I lost and was looking for a replacement. I found Mike's mute and had to get it. I was a little worried at first when I saw the plastic screw adjustments, but can honestly say they work as well (or better) than the adjustments on my former FC banjo mute. The brass on the mute looks great and it attaches to the bridge much more easily than my old mute. It works just as advertised and I'm sure my upstairs neighbor appreciates it (I like the idea that I can practice into the night). My only comment for improvement is that the radius on the radius model is a bit much. It doesn't seem to affect the sound, but it seems like it is a bit too much of a curve. I actually ordered a second (non-radius) to use on one of my banjos that has a much smaller curve. Overall, a great product and great service.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/6/2011

Submitter

bgdc11 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute web site

Overall Comments


I've had Mike's mute for about a week now and have had some time to compare it to the Goldtone Iucci mute that I had being using before.

PROS:
1. Mike's mute is well-designed and solid and will probalby last for years. The fuzzy material glued to the inside of the Iucci mute is already starting to separate from the metal.

2. Mike's mute mutes all five strings equally. The Iucci mute always leaves one string (either the 1st or 5th, depending on which way you place the mute) less muted than the others.

3. Mike's mute will work on any width of bridge. I have my doubts that the Iucci would work well on a really thin bridge.

4. It's a close call, but Mike's mute does a better job at overall muting than the Iucci.

5. Great service.

CONS:

1. The Iucci preserves more tone than Mike's mute. However, that additional tone comes at a cost - namely, amount of muting.

2. Mike's mute extends above the top of the bridge by about 1/2" or so. It could just be the way I play, but the top of the mute sometimes tickles the palm of my hand. It doesn't really interfere with right hand placement, though.

3. Cost - $35 is a hefty price. But considering I'd probably have to replace the Iucci in a year or so, Mike's mute is a good deal.

Overall, if you need a mute that's going to... well, mute... Mike's is the way to go.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 9/6/2011

Submitter

Pre War Pyramid 9331-14 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


After trying MANY mutes I would have to say HANDS DOWN !! The Ultimate Mute is LESS PROBLEMATIC. When I play I don't want ANYTHING that I have to work around. Most of these mutes get in the way even though they may work. I want the mute to be INVISIBLE and that's why I reccommend the ULTIMATE OVER ANY OTHER !!

Now, IN MY HOUSE I don't actually use a mute. I want to hear the FULL BANJO AT FULL TONE. My family knows that's how it will be. There's no problem in my house when it comes to banjo !!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/30/2011

Submitter

mattmullins (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mikes Mute's site

Overall Comments


In my humble opinion, Mike's mute works nicely and is a valuable accessory to purchase right up front when you are starting to learn, or if you are a seasoned player who needs to tone down sound for the sake of others near by whom you don't want to disturb.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/27/2011

Submitter

eagle32 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Website

Overall Comments


After reading reviews of Mike's Banjo Mute and watching his video i purchased this mute. It works great, i believe it is actually quieter than in his video and the tone stays with the banjo. The speed of service was excellent, I ordered on a Saturday and recieved on Wednesday which tells me i could have ordered on Monday morning and still recieved it on Wednesday

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 8/26/2011

Submitter

AlpacaLips (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjoteacher.com

Overall Comments


After reading reviews of this mute, I was surprised at how well it works. Claims that it works only half as good as Mike's mute are exaggerated I think. This mute is basically a u-shaped bit of brass, like an overweight hairpin, with a coarse bit of fuzz lining the inside where it contacts the bridge. It is surprisingly effective despite it's light weight. Unlike clamp-style mutes that attach only one way, this one can be put on the top or bottom (which allows you to mute brighter unwound strings more than lower and sometimes quieter wound strings if you want). It can also be slid only part way on, and can be adjusted in elevation for different effects. Generally, the more the banjo is muted, the more it sounds like it's encased in styrofoam.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/23/2011

Submitter

RAM42 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I purchased Mike’s Mute after a fellow player demonstrated it to me. At first I thought the price was a little much but once I got it I soon found out that this was a quality made and nice looking accessory. Shipping and email were very prompt and personable. The only quibble I would have with it is the height, while not very much, is enough for my hand to hit and I tend to push it off after a lot of practicing. However this is due to my playing lower to the bridge then would be considered proper. I give nothing but high praise to Mike for emails response and support even after the sale. I would not hesitate to purchase another if I ever lost this one. However I would not need to because my wife would replace it first. Feel confident in purchasing this from Mike, you will be most pleased

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/20/2011

Submitter

TB-2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Great product and communication, quick shipping. Really nicely made. Best mute I have tried in my 40+ years of playing!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute - Radius
submitted 8/18/2011

Submitter

pogbax (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


A volume control for a banjo seems to good to be true.

We recently ordered the Mike's Banjo Mute, and it arrived in the mail faster than we can get a parcel delivered locally, and with no additional postage costs for international mailing. While it looks well designed and sturdily made, it is of no benefit unless it does what its supposed to. Once we worked out how to attach it, we were amazed at the difference it made.

Group practice:
As we guitar players know, unless we crank our amplifiers to 11, we will still be drowned out by a quietly picked banjo in the distance, so there was no hope for an unamplified acoustic guitar in our practice sessions. With the muter, the banjo's volume is very similar to that of an acoustic guitar.

Solo Practice:
Well ... at times banjo practice can sound like hell, with interminably repeated rolls etc. This is particularly so for the partner of a relatively new banjo player.

Health:
No more investment in ear plugs, audiologists etc.

Relationships:
My wife no longer feels like she needs to banish herself to regions out of earshot to do her practice. So we now have more quality time together.

Summary:
On a more serious note, the banjo still gives a great sound, but the volume difference is significant. Mike's Muter is a solidly constructed device that does what is says it does, and I would highly recommend it.

Hans (banjo player's partner)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/13/2011

Submitter

rcdo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's online store

Overall Comments


Does EXACTLY what is say's it does. Work's great, LOOKS even better! A perfect fit on my compensated bridge. I've tried several banjo mutes in the past. THIS IS THE BEST. Worth every penny. Thanks Mike.

Rich Castillo
Tulsa, OK

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/13/2011

Submitter

Jammr (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute

Overall Comments


I recently purchased this mute from Mike about 2 weeks ago and I am very pleased with its quality and sound reduction effectiveness.
I have been using one purchased from Deering and have no complaints with it , but I believe Mike's mute sounds a little quieter in comparison to Deerings. I received the mute within 4 days of ordering and I can highly recommend it to anyone needing one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/9/2011

Submitter

capricornt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo mute is wonderfull. I'll try to sum it up quick
1) fits beutifully
2) looks great
3) easy to put on and take off
4) keeps integrity of sound
5) actually mutes the sound very effectively
PS - I am not the player but the one subjected to the sometimes late night previously loud banjo

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/4/2011

Submitter

oodora (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


fantastic device. i read the reviews here concerning this mute and ordered one for myself. super easy to put on and take off, cuts the sound wonderfully. as an apartment dweller this thing is a MUST. if you are a beginner this thing is a MUST. if you are an apartment dweller and a beginner, BUY THIS RIGHT NOW!!!! the world will love you for it. if you have a newborn, yep, you guessed it, this thing is a MUST. i think you get the point.

solid construction, easy on and off, works like a charm, where can you go wrong?

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/4/2011

Submitter

oodora (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Overall Rating


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/4/2011

Submitter

banjerpicker47 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Just received the banjo mute...great product...works well and doesnt come loose. I ordered it on a Sunday on line and received it Wed in the mail....2000 miles away. I highly recommend this mute...I have had mutes in the past and this one is by far the best product...very well made and easy to use.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/9/2011

Submitter

mississaugamike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This thing really works!! Now my wife will let me play my banjo while she's watching tv :) Great product and above all great personal service (which is rare these days - very much appreciated Mike). Very fast shipping. Seamless transaction. Don't even think about it, just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 7/9/2011

Submitter

mississaugamike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Mikes Banjo Mute really works!! Now my wife will let me play my banjo while she's watching tv :) Great product and above all great personal service (which is rare these days - very much appreciated Mike). Very fast shipping. Seamless transaction. Don't even think about it, just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes mute
submitted 7/9/2011

Submitter

mississaugamike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Mikes Banjo Mute really works!! Now my wife will let me play my banjo while she's watching tv :) Great product and above all great personal service (which is rare these days - very much appreciated Mike). Very fast shipping. Seamless transaction. Don't even think about it, just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/9/2011

Submitter

mississaugamike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Mikes Banjo Mute really works!! Now my wife will let me play my banjo while she's watching tv :) Great product and above all great personal service (which is rare these days - very much appreciated Mike). Very fast shipping. Seamless transaction. Don't even think about it, just buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/5/2011

Submitter

cirrus4string (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute Website

Overall Comments


Wonderful product! The website demo video gave a accurate description of the product. Mike is on the ball! It took 3 days from order to delivery! Well made and it works! Great product and company!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute - Radius
submitted 6/24/2011

Submitter

bgdc11 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Don't recall

Overall Comments


Granted, this is the only banjo mute that I've used, but I really like it. I don't need to return when I put it on and it doesn't move the bridge. Don't expect anything close to the unmuted tone of your banjo - I can't describe the muted tone - it almost sounds like chimes. And it does tend to cover up errors such as flatting or sharping notes. But it allows me to play at night without waking the family so it was well worth the $20 or so.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/21/2011

Submitter

stan1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is really a great product! Finally, I'm not forced to go to the basement to play banjo. The mute keeps the banjo quiet enough to not disturb everyone in the house but still allows enough sound for you to hear what you are playing. This should come with every banjo sold.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/21/2011

Submitter

pick-it (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Hey Everyone,
This is the Great Banjo Mute, that Mike is putting out. I have tried all kind's of banjo mute. But this is the Best banjo mute this Banjo Player has every used. So if you are Considering Purchase a Banjo Mute I would tell you to go to wwwmikesbanjomute.com and get one. I know that I will enjoy this one, and my wife will to.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/20/2011

Submitter

mbrinster (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct

Overall Comments


Exactly what I was looking for! As advertised, this mute is easy to install and very effective. I just moved to a small studio apartment after living in a house for 10 years, and realized quickly that I just could not play my loud banjo at any time of day without wearing out my neighbors. Now I am picking again and very happy!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/14/2011

Submitter

andreaw (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


My first mute but it seems excellent. It is very easy to put on or take off. The banjo still retains it's tone.

The sound levels are much lower. Admittedly to start off with it feels a little like you've put ear plugs in, and I kept swallowing to see if my ears would pop, but I've gotten used to that.

I have two small children, and this mute makes it so that I can play when they are asleep, and also they don't go mental if I play when they are awake!

I had this shipped from america and the postage was included (so good value for money for me!) and it arrived within 7 days!

Thanks.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/11/2011

Submitter

agentheath (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

5/15/11 - Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


This is an excellent mute--way better than my previous solution of stuffing a dishrag into my resonator. It's well made and sturdy, and screws on top of the bridge in a matter of seconds. The volume is substantially lowered, but the banjo can still be heard just fine for practicing purposes. Highly recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/10/2011

Submitter

Chet Rideout (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


About a year ago I purchased Mike's Banjo Mute for a 4 string Bacon and Day banjo. At full cry it can almost peel paint, but with the mute it produces a pleasing faint guitar sound, allowing me to even practice at night when my wife's asleep. It worked so well I just got another for my tubaphone 5 string, with the same results. These mutes are the real deal; they go on easily, do not interfere with playing, and really cut the sound!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/31/2011

Submitter

Doc11 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


I just got tired of having my mute fall off, or get in the way of my pickin'. Saw an ad for Mike's mute and thought I'd give it a try. Well, it works great, doesn't get in the way at all, and brings the sound down enought that my wife doesn't mind either. Can't beat that combination!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/26/2011

Submitter

Tim Sander (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's

Overall Comments


I just got a Mike's mute. I have used a large soft foam plug in the back before, but that softens the tones. I was very pleasantly surprised when I got the Mike's mute on my old metal pot Stew Mac kit. It kept the tones, but made everything a LOT quieter. It is nicely made and looks good. It was easy to attach to the 3 legged bridge I have on it now. It does not get in the way of my frailing at all. I'm really happy with its performance. I even think my wife is impressed. I was playing with it on while we watched TV yesterday evening. No complaints from her. That's a miracle.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/21/2011

Submitter

schmolkem (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

05/18/2011

Overall Comments


The size, quality and handling of this mute are great and the prize is okay. Received it three days after ordering. If you have to exercise in a New Yorker apartment with paper-thin walls this accessory is highly recommended. Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/16/2011

Submitter

darastuart (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjo mute

Overall Comments


Just received Mike banjo mute today 100% pleased with the result and quality this really works anyone who wants to buy a banjo mute should buy mikes banjo you wont be disappointed thanks Mike

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/12/2011

Submitter

treysharpton (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


By far the quietest mute I have seen. It is quality made and easy to take on and off in just seconds. It is still loud enough that you can here to play. It does not get in the way of your fingers around the bridge and you can play as hard as you do normally. There is no buzzing of the strings. This slips under the bridge and does not touch the head. I give Mike's Mute a 10 out of 10. Also I need to mention it comes in a nice draw string bag. My wife loves me again!....well maybe....it does help!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute - Radius
submitted 5/10/2011

Submitter

jukeboxpete (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from his web site

Overall Comments


hi i'm just learning the banjo and didnt realise how loud my banjo was until i upset the neighbours so bought mikes mute after seeing a few reviews on utube.
it only took 8 days to come form america so i was very impressed with the service. never seen a mute before but it took all of 10 seconds to figure out how it went on and give it a try.
Was i impressed? you bet i was i couldnt believe what a difference it made, i usually practise with the TV on in the background but i had to turn the sound almost off before i could hear what i was playing on the banjo
I would give Mike 100% recommendation for the product , the service and price...............Thanks very much i can now practise any time day or night and i need all the practise i can get
Peter

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/10/2011

Submitter

brinx (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


Since starting to play banjo I've tried a variety of methods of trying to reduce volume but none have left the tone and sound very clear. I'm very happy with the Mike's mute. It gives plenty of clarity and sustain while greatly reducing volume. It's also very well put together and I've had no problems at all with it being loose, etc.

Great service from Mike. My neighbours on both sides thank you.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/6/2011

Submitter

Two-tones (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com / Bernunzio's Downtown Music

Overall Comments


A month ago I never heard of a banjo mute. Now, I thankfully own 2...
The first mute I bought, after reading many positive reviews, was "Mike's Banjo Mute”. The second was Gold Tone’s Ultimate banjo mute. They are both technically different, and both do what they are supposed to do. However, if you are going for a “let’s not wake the kids”, practice any time I want, solution. Then, there is no contest, Mike’s mute wins hands down.
Focusing just on the sound cutting quality of the mutes and not the technical aspect of them, as was already accurately done in the other reviews, I’m going to explain them both like this… Picture in your mind, taking the volume of your normal banjo and cutting it in half… That’s about what you would get out of using Gold Tone’s Ultimate mute. Now, picture the sound of your banjo at half of normal, and then cut it in half again. That’s about the volume you’ll get from Mike’s mute. (As a side note, I am using these mutes on open back banjos, but I assume the dynamics would be the same on a banjo with a resonator.)
Or, if you want to look at it based strictly on a cost perspective, Gold Tone’s mute is about $14 and as I said, basically cut’s the volume in half. Mike’s is more expensive at $35, but it’s also twice as quiet. It is kind of a “get what you pay for” type of thing. Which also holds true for the quality of the mutes themselves, Mike’s is by far a higher quality accessory and will far outlast Gold Tone’s mute.
Also the only technical thing I will add, because I don't recall if I saw it in any other reviews… As a test I tuned my banjo with my electronic tuner and then used the tuner with both mutes individually, and neither mute altered the tuning.
The only real negative is the fact that they are “mutes”, and I immediately take them off any chance I get. But, the benefit of practicing at any time far outweighs any negative for either mute. In my situation, if it wasn’t for being able to use mutes, (especially Mike’s) I wouldn’t be able to practice remotely as often as I can now.
Lastly, I want to give Mike props for his great customer service and quick shipping time. I ordered through his website on a Tuesday and received it on Thursday. The Gold Tone I purchased locally.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/27/2011

Submitter

CanadianCal (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

12/04/2011

Overall Comments


All of the information you have heard about these mutes is true. This product is incredible. The banjo is muted perfectly. I am one of those people who really enjoy picking away while watching my favorite TV show. My girlfriend doesn't exactly appreciate an incredibly loud instrument being played in her ears while she watches TV. This mute is great. It dampens the sound without any impact to the instrument. You lightly tighten it to the top of the bridge and you're set. The mute has no negatives to the banjo. It doesn't make the bridge move, the banjo stays in tune. I just can't tell you how much I love it. You can pick all night long and no one will notice.

Let's talk about service for a minute. I ordered this mute directly from Mike's website. This was a very easy process and had it completed in minutes. Now I was ordering from Ontario, Canada. Mike being in Utah that little mute had to quite a distance to go. I had the mute in a week! I was so happy and surprised to received it.

Price. $34.50 (includes worldwide shipping). I couldn't believe this. $34.50 including shipping. No hidden cost, no charges at the border it was incredible. The mute is built from quality parts and could easily last forever I will never need a new one unless I lose it. If I did lose it I would buy 5 more just to make sure I never go without again!

This is an incredible product that is a necessity for any banjo player. Give the family a bit of a break and buy one of these amazing products.

Thank you!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/26/2011

Submitter

otterpop (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


This thing is cool. Fits on easy, great sound. Actually, makes the sound a little different and almost guitar-y which is cool. (not a bad thing)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/17/2011

Submitter

rollinalong1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's online site

Overall Comments


I am extremely pleased with the performance and easy of attachment (nothing to it, really); just slide in place and tighten the 2 screws. The tone of my banjo is still bright and clear...it really produces a soft, sweet sound, which is desired at times. I spoke with Mike and he seems like One of the Good Guys. I have been mostly practicing late at night and neither my family nor my neighbors have complained...at least not about the volume level. Would recommend to all as peaceful and considerate solution for getting that practice time in.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/14/2011

Submitter

aalborg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On his website

Overall Comments


Did a bit of research on mutes and the overall concensus seemed to be that Mike's was one of the best around. So I ordered it. It arrived 1 1/2 weeks later without fuss (or customs, thanks god). Very easy to place on the banjo and it works like a charm. It won't save my marrige as im not marriged but my flatmates will be VERY happy with it I think. I have not tried others and have nothing to compare it to, but will never the less give it top score
(Erling, Denmark)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/14/2011

Submitter

Johnww (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Mute seems to work fine.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/12/2011

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Masterful engineering and workmanship. It is a thing of beauty and works like a charm. Don't waste money on a cheap one. You will never regret getting one of Mike's mutes.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/8/2011

Submitter

Bootlegboy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


Just bought a banjo mute from Mike.
If you need to kill most of the volume, this is way the way go.It slips on and off very easily and only costs 34 bucks. My wife is a big fan.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/5/2011

Submitter

btbutler (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I bought this banjo mute not knowing how much better it would be than the other banjo mutes, but this one turned out to be really good. I looked at the reviews of mike’s banjo mute and the gold tone one and mike’s appeared to have a better rating. I decided to go for it to see if it was as good as they said it was, and it is. When I play my banjo with the mute on it, it sounds like an electric guitar. (One that’s off and not on)I can practice just about any time and any ware without disturbing anyone. If you haven’t gotten one of these yet and are thinking about it.....this is the one you have to get.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/1/2011

Submitter

fruitbat (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On Line from Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


I did a fair amount of research before choosing Mike's Banjo Mute and it was time and money well spent. There is only one word for this item "remarkable".
It is easy to fit and remove and it does its job incredibly well. The volume levels are very low, yet it still maintains a lovely tone with good sustain. I would highly recommend this item to anyone considering the purchase of a banjo mute. I also feel that with the volume muted, I am playing with more confidence, in the knowledge that it is not annoying family or neighbours. All in all, a brilliant little device.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Banjo mute
submitted 3/30/2011

Submitter

michael staun (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes banjo mute

Overall Comments


I recently bougt a Mike,s banjo mute, and here is a little review, its very simple to youse, you can put it in in a few seconds,and it takes about 70% of the sound, the great thing is that it doesnt really change the way you play, i live in a apartment and i havent been able to rehearse at home becorse of the neighbours, but now ot is possible, i also youse it just before i preform, when i wait in the back to go on stage, it nice that the audince cant hear that you are rehearsing/warming up, so all in all iem very happy with the mute, and would buy it again if it gets lost.

Kind regards - Michael Staun !

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/27/2011

Submitter

Frailinaway (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Mike

Overall Comments


I have purchased and used two of Mike's Mutes, one for my 5-string banjos and one for my tenor. They are easy to attach, stay attached, easy to remove and certainly do the intended job while attached. Mike's Mutes are head and shoulders above any other mute I have tried over the years. Now in the process of 'saving up' to purchase a couple more so I won't have to keep switching from one 5-string to another.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/25/2011

Submitter

rmcphee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mutes

Overall Comments


I ordered this mute based on reviews that were posted on this site and I can tell you I'm not disappointed. When I went to Mike's Banjo site, Mike has a video that demonstrates how effective the mute works. I found it amusing that Mike says in his write up that this mute will help your wife, as she is probably tried of listening to Foggy Mountain Breaksdown. The video that Mike uses on his site, he is playing Foggy Mountain Breaksdown.
My wife was looking over my shoulder and said, does everybody play that tune. Thus proving that it was time to purchase this mute. Very pleased with the results. HIghly recommended.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/21/2011

Submitter

Phildo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


I had one of Mike's original mutes that I got a few years ago and lost. I ordered a new one straight from him and all I can say is WOW! My first one worked well and was very impressive, but the changes Mike has made on his new mute are amazing. It gives you enough volume to hear what you are doing, but is quiet enough that someone in the next room couldn't hear you play. Perfect for what I need. Easy on and off and nice carry bag! I highly recommend Mike's Banjo Mute!!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/21/2011

Submitter

Glasstinman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Banjo Mute website

Overall Comments


I orginally tried the Nickel Plated Brass Golden Gate Mute and it would not stay on the banjo. I later tried the Heavy Rubber Mute styled like the brass one, it stayed on the banjo but gave a dull sound. I later tried the Ultimate Banjo Mute but would get a buzz on the string near the open end of the mute.
Mike was great to deal with, had a e-mail reply shortly and received the mute within a couple of days. I
I travel a lot with work and thus stay in hotels where other guest don't always appreciate my banjo practice sessions so Mike'
s mute is a good solution.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/18/2011

Submitter

Pennsyltucky (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


First, after purchasing the mute, I got a confirmation email from Mike himself with a shipping time-frame. It arrived in under a week from UT to PA. I would imagine if there was any issue with the mute i could have easily responded back directly to Mike and he would sort things out, seems like a very nice guy.

The mute itself is built well, very solid construction. Installs very quickly, pops on and barely needs tightened down to function, so don't worry about harming your bridge.

The sound of the banjo with the mute on, I think, sounds most like an unplugged, hollow-body guitar. Think Gretch or 335 unplugged, the volume is about the same as well. Basically just eliminates the metallic sounds of the banjo leaving a nice 'unplugged electric guitar' type sound.

The strings and banjo still resonate very naturally. Strings are not muted to the point where their sustain is truncated or staccato. Both scruggs style and clawhammer sound natural and notes respond as they should and ring out as they should, just quieter!

Overall, I think this is the mute of mutes. It makes more sense to me than the GoldTone mute which braces the bridge beneath the strings. This mute replicates the effect of palm muting on a guitar, but maintains sustain, which is perfect. Its built like a tank, installs and stays in place, doesn't interfere with your playing whatsoever, and functions perfectly bringing volume down significantly. Also, the tone itself is enjoyable and actually neat, i could see using it in a recording setting for some very mellow banjo sounds.

Great product, great buy experience, great functionality, ingenious piece of gear.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/12/2011

Submitter

Starter (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike's website

Overall Comments


Just got my capo today and am very happy with it. It's very nicely made, and delivery from the maker was fast.

It actually changes the tone on our banjo more than you might think, and much more dramatically than the video on Mike's website suggested to me (maybe because I don't play a resonator). Someone on the forum somewhere said the sound was a lot like a dojo, though I've never played one. The mute certainly makes the banjo sound sweeter and less percussive than it would normally do.

I also have a Gold Tone mute which is less effective in damping sound, but preserves the banjo tone better; if I stick a dishtowel in the back the sound is about the same volume as with Mike's mute (the dishtowel doesn't seem to affect Mike's mute nearly as much, though it does take it down a notch further).

I'm actually happy having all three methods of muting. Mike' mute allows a nice change in tone, and I am no longer as interested in getting a dojo for latenight practice, since I think the locals will be able to tolerate a banjo muted with Mike's mute even if they can hear it in the background. Though I haven't tested that theory yet, and may end up back in the kitchen after all.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/11/2011

Submitter

five-string fever (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I love my Mike's Mute and use it a lot, but it kept vibrating loose and coming off. The first "mod" I tried was adding two little black rubber "O" rings that I picked up at Ace Hardware for .59 cents or so underneath the nuts that hold the top on. This helped but did not entirely solve the problem. I then drilled two tiny holes, one on each foot, on the aluminum feet that go on the underside of the bridge and super-glued a toothpick into each side. I then cut the toothpick down to about 1/16" and filed down the nub just so the feet would not slide out from under the bridge. Now when I slide the aluminum feet under the bridge the toothpicks snug up against the front of the bridge. This cured everything. I can play for hours with no loosening or slipping. I think the toothpick mod is what keeps it from slipping but the "O" rings probably help the mute not crush the bridge and strings so much and act a little like a shock absorber. I will post pictures on a forum soon if you want to check my posts for photos.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Iucci plectrum/tenor mute
submitted 3/10/2011

Submitter

sethb (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Amazon

Overall Comments


I recently bought a "Iucci banjo mute" and have been very satisfied with it.

The mute is manufactured by Gold Tone, and is said to be a copy of a tenor banjo mute patented in 1924 by a Mr. Iucci. The mute is made of metal, appears to be chrome-plated and has no moving parts. It resembles a large clothespin, right down to a circular top that makes it easy to hold the mute while attaching and removing it.

The Iucci mute slides onto the sides of the bridge underneath the strings, where it is held by a combination of friction and gravity. The mute remained in place during use, but is easy to attach and remove quickly. My plectrum has a three-footed 5/8" Grover inlaid bridge, and the mute fits that bridge perfectly. Although GT claims the mute will also fit a five-string bridge, I have my doubts that it would be long enough, although it still might produce the required muting.

The instructions for the mute are a little confusing -- it says to "place the mute on the banjo with the lettering on the mute facing up." So is that up from the banjo head, or up towards the player? Fortunately, it only took me a few tries to discover that because of the different length slots on each side of the mute, the mute can only go on the bridge one way in any event. But it would have been a lot simpler to say that "the larger slot goes on the bottom of the bridge."

The mute reduces the banjo's volume by about 65%; it also changes the sound of the banjo to more of a guitar. However, in my experience, the change in sound and increased sustain actually makes it easier to hear mistakes and dead strings that aren't fretted properly. The mute in no way interfers with my playing, unlike some other mutes I've used that attached to the bridge over the strings.

I paid $16 for the Iucci mute on Amazon and felt I got a good deal and a good value. BTW, Gold Tone also makes and sells its own version of the Iucci mute for about $25. The GT variation looks like a bobby pin, attaches to the bridge in about the same way, and probably works in a similar fashion. But I've never used that version and so can't compare it to the Iucci mute. SETH

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/10/2011

Submitter

sharobemla (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


My kids love the banjo mute! Now they don't have to hear me practicing over and over and over and.....well you know, until I get a song right. I love it because I can practice in the mornings when they are asleep and next to my husband when he is watching TV. It is super easy to attach. I haven't tried other mutes, but I can recommend this one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/5/2011

Submitter

banjolion (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Recent

Overall Comments


Mike's banjo mute fits well on the bridge, goes on in a few seconds without damaging the bridge, and is an effective mute that produces a nice ring with sustain. I like the tone it produces. After using it a while I got to wondering about a few things, maybe Mike will see this and consider some of these ideas (then again, maybe not, since I am not sure these ideas are very practical). Anyway, here are some of my thoughts:
1. The mute produces such a nice sound that I wondered what sounds or tones it would produce if the top brass "bar" was made of a resonant wood like cocobolo (or even walnut).
2. Also, wondered about how other metals would sound (copper, silver, aluminum, etc.), or materials like bone.
3. If the mute top "bar" were made of wood, would it be possible to put two small "hot dot" pickups in it for a quick, simple way to electrify a banjo when needed. Small wires could go back to a clip-on jack on the tailpiece.
Anyway, Mike's banjo mute is a great product just how it is, and of the many mutes that I have tried, it is the best one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/5/2011

Submitter

otisfield1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd - Alpine, UT

Overall Comments


I just got the mute today and it's the best thing that I have bought in the past 5 years. It works beautiful and so soft, my wife can no longer complain about my playing.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/5/2011

Submitter

BigPants (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike'sBanjoMute.com

Overall Comments


I really like it! I've seen great reviews about it where the only complaint is that once it's muted, it doesn't sound like a banjo anymore. Well sure, I doubt any mute for any instrument in the world can reproduce the same sound at a lower volume. Although the sound of the mute is different from the regular banjo, it's significantly quieter, and I actually kinda like the sound it makes. Reminds me of what a harmon mute does to a trumpet (Think Miles Davis' Flamenco Sketches off the "Kind of Blue" album). This gives my banjo kind of a mellow sweet sound. I got used to it quickly. When I removed it after about 15 minutes of playing, my ears had to readjust to the brighter unmuted sound again. I will get a lot of use out of my Mike's Banjo Mute!

My only complaint isn't really Mike's Banjo Mute's fault, it's my own . I've gotten lazy with my right hand technique, and my 5th finger will occasionally come to rest on the side of the bridge or be too close to it. MBM makes that problem worse. But then again, it makes me put the fingers in a more appropriate position, so maybe that's a good thing.

As far as equipment I use with the mute: I play a Morgan Monroe MNB 1 (got it at BanjoHut) then had it pimped out by Jon at Woodsong's Lutherie in Boulder, CO. My $450 banjo sounds like a $2K Banjo now. See my related post.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/3/2011

Submitter

Racingd98 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Just received my Mike's Banjo Mute on Saturday and have been practicing with and without it being installed on the banjo, and MAN what a difference. My wife even commented on how much more she enjoyed listening to my practicing with the mute installed. I don’t think it was my practicing she enjoyed so much but rather the peace and quiet she is now getting. It really is amazing the amount of sound reduction you get out of this mute, but yet you can still hear the sweet melody of the banjo and every mistake you make, at least in my case. Good job Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/27/2011

Submitter

drjoeb (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online from Mike

Overall Comments


I admittedly haven't tried many banjo mutes but I've seen and heard a few. This mute is solidly built, goes on easily and is very effective. It reduces my very loud banjo to about the volume of a semi-hollow electric guitar. A real plus is that it stays out of the way.
It is well-worth the cost and Mike is a terrific communicator. I am hedging my bet by giving it merely a "9" rating, just in case there is something better out there - - but I don't see how.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/18/2011

Submitter

Rich C (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Web Site

Overall Comments


After reading some good reviews of Mikes Mute here on www.banjohangout.org . Being a brand new student with absolutely no stringed instrument experience. I decided it would be prudent to purchase one for all my loved ones, (Ears)… Shipping was fast, instillation was fast, about 15 seconds, with picks on. I was impressed! I know anyone can say something is quiet, but I thought it would be cool to put some loose numbers to it. So this is some information I gathered, using a Recording King RK-87, freshly tuned with cryo strings. Placed a Fisher Scientific sound level meter ( at my playing level noise meter : ) @ 3 feet in front of me on a table; did several Open G strums, and simple forward rolls, in an average sized carpeted room. Here is what I gathered, all numbers rounded.

Open G strum w/o Mute 97db
Open G strum w/ Mikes 76db
Reduction 21db

Forward Roll w/o Mute 94db
Forward Roll w/ Mikes 69db
Reduction 25db

Greater distance will only make this better, impressive! Earplugs range between 22 and 38 db reduction in noise; I know I work on jet engines. Also mention that my instrument did not lose tonal quality, ring still there. My family will be indebted to you Mike, and never know it. Thank You for a well thought out product.

Rich Collins
Fairmount In.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/16/2011

Submitter

YorkshireWannabeOldTimer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike's website

Overall Comments


I bought Mike's Banjo Mute after reading lots of positive reviews and comments in threads on the Banjo Hangout forums. I use the mute with an open-back banjo with a bog standard bridge. The mute works as well as I could have hoped: it hugely reduces the volume of the banjo while nonetheless allowing it still to produce a very nice and rather distinctively delicate sound with (as remarked by others) enormous levels of sustain. I find the mute to be unobtrusive, too; it doesn't get in the way of my left (nonfretting - I'm a lefty) hand. Also, it's a very nicely made item supplied with a handy bag. Worth very penny!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes mute
submitted 2/16/2011

Submitter

Mad4banjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from the maker

Overall Comments


I bought Mike's Mute a year or two ago and have been extremely satisfied with it. I'm writing now because I had told Mike that if I was pleased with it, I would let the other Hangout folks know . . . and I forgot to. So better late than never, here I am. It is attractive, clever, easy to fit and works very well. Allows a quiet, bell like sound that is very pleasing for practicing.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/15/2011

Submitter

rrfox5 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Thanks Mike: the mute works better than I hoped. Nice tone and now I can practice in the next room without driving the family crazy. Great service, fast shipping and well worth the money. Thank you.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/15/2011

Submitter

rjacksondds (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike's website

Overall Comments


Amazing! Quality construction, design and implementation. If you want to play quietly, this is one for you. I recommend it without any reservations.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/12/2011

Submitter

eleshiacatherine (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online:mike_cabinet@yahoo.com

Overall Comments


Wow, what a terrific piece of equipment! Easy to use, great sound and the other household members and neighbours are delighted! I love the way it brings out the ring tone on my ancient Alvarez - I actually prefer the sound of the banjo in it's muted state.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/11/2011

Submitter

Karen Kruske (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Got this mute because my right ear was too sensitive to the loud sounds from picking my Vega w/ Tubaphone ring. It is great to be able to play without discomfort. Also love the tone of the banjo with the mute on.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/10/2011

Submitter

ipath712 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I just recieved my mute yesterday from Mike. Great mute. Lowered the volume of my banjo without losing the tone. I think everyone in the house will enjoy this more than I will. Shipped very quickly. Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/27/2011

Submitter

subbuteo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online, direct from Mike

Overall Comments


A very effective way to reduce the volume without affecting the tone. I opted for this over the GoldTone version (my banjo is a GoldTone) as it looked like a nicely engineered piece of equipment. It is! Well worth the money as it means I can practise next door to the children when they are sleeping and not wake them. I am very happy with my purchase. Also, Mike got it to me in record time over the Christmas period.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/27/2011

Submitter

playguitar49 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


Wonderful accessory

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/27/2011

Submitter

playguitar49 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online from Mike

Overall Comments


Hello, Up for consideration is Mikes Banjo Mute. I just purchased one and it absolutely wonderful. I love it. (So does my wife) It is nice and small and DOES NOT INTERFERE WITH MY PICKING HAND. An absolute must have for any banjo player interested in moving forward. Buy one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/21/2011

Submitter

Mr Sean (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


I'm amazed at how this simply little device can significantly turn the volume down on my Recording King R20 yet still retain the ring and sustain. I can put it on without removing my finger picks or thumb pick and it does not interfere with my hand position.

Until I bought this mute my banjo playing could be heard throughout the house at night and in next door's yard. Now there is no way I could be heard in the next room (where my wife is trying to sleep), yet the tone from the banjo is just as sweet and enjoyable.

Plus, if you buy direct from Mike, he takes the time to email you personally. That's like buying a capo and having a message from Mr Shubb in your inbox!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/21/2011

Submitter

cmron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Few months ago online

Overall Comments


I am very impressed with this mute. I live in Brooklyn, NYC, in an apartment building where the walls are not as soundproof as a musician would want. The banjo is a loud instrument. Mike's mute has enabled me to practice at night without upsetting the neighbors or my wife. It's a nicely engineered, weighty and handsome little piece of equipment made of solid brass, aluminum and the screws are plastic. I assume the plastic is a choice dictated by sound transmission and not cost. Given the solid bar of brass, I can't imagine Mike would not have used brass screws if they had the same sound transmission characteristics as plastic. Two thumbs up for this mute, which I use on two open back banjos.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/21/2011

Submitter

cmron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Purchased from banjo hangout a few months ago

Overall Comments


I am very impressed with this mute. I live in Brooklyn, NYC, in an apartment building where the walls are not as soundproof as a musician would want. The banjo is a loud instrument. Mike's mute has enabled me to practice at night without upsetting the neighbors or my wife. It's a nicely engineered, weighty and handsome little piece of equipment made of solid brass, aluminum and the screws are plastic. I assume the plastic is a choice dictated by sound transmission and not cost. Given the solid bar of brass, I can't imagine Mike would not have used brass screws if they had the same sound transmission characteristics as plastic. Two thumbs up for this mute, which I use on two open back banjos.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/17/2011

Submitter

blbarnett (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's web site

Overall Comments


Just received this mute a few weeks ago and have been using it off and on when the other half is home. Amazing difference having the mute in place. I can play in the next room without having to close the door or put a fan on to create some "white noise" so as not to offend her. I love the mute. Did not change the tone on my Deering but is much quieter. Also seems to be greater sustain and allows me to hear mistakes more clearly, which forces me to work on right hand technique. Overall a great product. Easy to install and appears very well made.

Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/12/2011

Submitter

vph (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Mike

Overall Comments


This mute really works for me: it makes banjo significantly quieter so it can be played middle of the night without disturbing anyone and has good tone.It just couldn't be better.Money's worth,definately.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/11/2011

Submitter

wbw (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


I really like the sound of the muted banjo. Nice change. It really quiets things down. A real nice addition. Service was very quick. Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/9/2011

Submitter

Lucius (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

1/6/11

Overall Comments


Shipping speed was fantastic.

As for the mute, it flat out works. I live in an apartment building with thin walls so I figured a mute was a necessity. Mike's Banjo Mute works fantastic. It really does lower the volume significantly.

Since I'm just starting out I'm going to try to avoid using this as much as possible so I can really hear what things are supposed to sound like and what I'm doing wrong. But I think that's just a credit to the mute and how well it does its job.

Fantastic purchase, don't regret it for a second.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/8/2011

Submitter

mark cav (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike's web site

Overall Comments


If your looking for a banjo mute buy one of Mike's. Very well made and works like a dream, you can play all night long with this baby :0) it also comes with a nice home made pouch made by Mike's wife to keep it safe. I found the videos on Mike's web site very helpful and Mike a joy to deal with......great product....

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/7/2011

Submitter

playjed (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike via BHO

Overall Comments


Read the reviews on Mikes Mute and save your marriage hit it Home for me,I received it very quickly,easily installed it,its attractive, and it gave my banjo a new sound, kinda bluesy, and I like it- But I miss my wife saying is that all ya know ! Thanks Mike good idea- Ron(bowtie)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/6/2011

Submitter

houndzout (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's mutes

Overall Comments


Craftmenship and performance are outstanding just a little quieter than an acustic guitar. I can now practice in the other room whithout bothering anyone, great product

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/6/2011

Submitter

izzymcm (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On Mike's web site

Overall Comments


I love it! It lets me play my banjo at a level that I can hear clearly, but doesn't disturb the rest of my family. Well worth the price and I would suggest this product to anyone looking for a banjo mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/5/2011

Submitter

nrwadr (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


I depend on a mute to play Banjo most of the time. Mike's Banjo Mute is the best I have ever used. It will not fall off and mutes better than anything I have used.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/1/2011

Submitter

thankins (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Mike's Banjo Mute is a very nicely made mute that really quiets the banjos I've tried it on (Stelling Staghorn and Deering Goodtime). It is easier to put on the bridge than my other mute, which requires that you slide it on the bridge under the strings, often moving the bridge -- not good. Instead, Mike's banjo mute relies on two thumb screws to tighten it, so there is no undue force on the bridge and the bridge stays in place. Also, my other mute isn't quite long enough, so the first string is not muted as well as the others. Mike's Mute, on the other hand, provides very uniform muting of all 5 strings. I had a bit of trouble mounting it because the strings on the tailpiece side of the bridge converge toward the tail piece. I wrote Mike about this and got an immediate reply from him for a solution. He also responded to my original order very quickly, as i had a travel deadline to meet. Nice mute. Very effective. Contributes to "Peace on Earth" and "Good Will Toward Men".

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/31/2010

Submitter

anoptikon (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Buy this mute. It works.Initially I bought rubber violin mutes from the local shop. Lost two, $12 shot. Should've bought from this guy first. He got on the phone with me and explained which one I needed. How cool is that? This mute works as advertised. Watch the video, you'll see. My wife used to run like a Pavlov dog when she'd see me with my banjo. No longer. My kids.....They wanted to do a Pete Townshend. Now we're all mellow. WTG Mike. A fine product.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/27/2010

Submitter

mefreiner (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikes banjo mute .com

Overall Comments


This the greatest thing I ever bought not counting my banjo. I can practice with my wife in the other room and she never hears a thing. If you don't have one what are you waiting for go order one right now.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Ultimate Banjo Mute
submitted 12/25/2010

Submitter

BobbyC. (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music

Overall Comments


I've never used a mute before but I have to say this thing is really cool. Not only for the muting but the new sound the banjo makes with it, almost like a guitar. I've actually come up with some neat ideas based on the sound. This may be the case for any banjo mute, but this one works, slides on easily and stays on, doesn't affect my right hand and quiets the banjo nicely.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/24/2010

Submitter

c colborne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

FROM MIKE HISW SELF

Overall Comments


I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER ANOTHER OF MIKES MUTES COUL GIVE ME ANY DETEAILS AS I THINK HE HAS CHANGED HIS EMAIL ADDRESS

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/23/2010

Submitter

peewee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Mike

Overall Comments


I have 2 of Mikes mutes. They are easy to put on & take off. They are fantastic for quieting things down. I use one on my Tranjo while traveling, and so far I have not been thrown out of any Hotel rooms. Great product. Great service.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/21/2010

Submitter

kabulrocks (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online, Mikes Mutes and BHO classifieds

Overall Comments


I own two Mike's Mutes! The first one was purchased from Mike's website after reading the reviews here at tHE BHO, and the second was purchased from an individual in the BHO classifieds (it didn't fit his bridge).

I also have a Gold Tone brass mute that slips on the bridge under the strings. This mute takes a bit more care to install correctly than the Mike's Mute, and the MM quites the banjo down better. The Mike's Mute really has made me a better player - I can now practice more without offending the family. If you are looking for a mute, this is it. Very solid construction too. Thanks Mike!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/18/2010

Submitter

paulac7 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mike's website

Overall Comments


Ordered Wednesday afternoon, and had it in my hands on Saturday. I purchased the mute because I didn't want to inflict FMB and Cripple Creek for 2-3 hours a day on my long-suffering husband.

Product is very well made, and will probably last longer than me. It effectively mutes my MasterCraft down to an acceptable spousal level . Interestingly enough, it makes my 'jo sound like a guitar which is kind of neat.

I would recommend this product to anyone, and it works LOTS better than sticking clothespins on the bridge. Also, Mike was a pleasure to deal with (e-mail).

Paula >^.^<

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/14/2010

Submitter

stepnahalf (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Mute web site

Overall Comments


Being a new picker, this is the first mute I've tried and I am totally impressed. I've been using two wooden clothes pins on the bridge or a sock under the strings. Mikes Mute is very easy to put on and produces a very clear sound. I can hear more of my mistakes, so it will force me to clean those up. Best thing is I can practice in the house again! I asked my wife if it worked and she replied "Were you playing? I didn't hear a thing." My daughter was upstairs sleeping and she didn't wake up either. Now I can get the practice time I need after everyone's asleep. Thanks Mike for a great product and the fast, personal service.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/10/2010

Submitter

dustinTN (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is the best purchase I've ever made outside of the banjo itself. It has dramatically increased my practice time because it allows me to play without worrying about disturbing my upstairs neighbors.

Simple to attach or remove. Provides a nice tone (though it does add a lot sustain - which makes blues picking fun!) Awesome little mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/10/2010

Submitter

DMobley (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I just received Mike's Banjo Mute and I am very pleased with it's performance. It does not affect the action of the strings and has a pleasant sound. Also, my wife love it because she does not have to listen to the banjo or to the same song being played several dozen times.

Donald

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/4/2010

Submitter

banjo-oz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikes website

Overall Comments


Like many others by now I own one of Mike's Mutes. I paid for it on line and it came remarkably promptly to my home in Albany Western Australia.
I was a little worried that as I use a compensated bridge there might be a difficulty, not so the mute copes with it fine. Being a Toolmaker by trade I note when a thing is made well or not., this mute is well produced neat and tidy a credit to its maker.
On using it I found it does what it claims, drops the decibel level to a "family friendly" level. Of course the tone changes a bit but its made for practicing not stage performances.
One thing I have found though is that when I am trying to learn a tune by listening to a DVD and repeatedly playing it back I have to leave the mute off because one's ear is listening intently to the notes on the DVD which you are trying to match with your banjo so as you do not get the correct tone with the mute it makes it very difficult. That is a very minor concern though. One thing I have noticed is that with mikes mute on the banjo when practicing I can hear more of the mistakes I make whereas before the volume of the banjo masked them a little, that's got to be a good thing!. So thumbs up for Mikes Mute.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/29/2010

Submitter

bomark2002 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Guys, Mike's Banjo mute is absolutely awesome. It works just like they said it would, I have a Goldtone BG-250f with the resonator in it, very loud banjo, and I'm telling you it brought it down to where I can practice after the kids go to bed or when I don't want to disturb anyone on the phone. My wife unpacked my luggage and told me I could stay now, I am so happy. Great tool Mike I will be using this thing quite alot. I was also extremely happy with the ordering, it was like I almost stood up from the computer from ordering and it was there, very fast order. Thanks Mike.

Mark

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/20/2010

Submitter

cmic (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Web Site

Overall Comments


The young english teacher living in the flat under mine told me "I heard you playing music at 1 A.M." Well, I had to do something to avoid a music war, isn't it. ? Browsing thru Banjo Hangout, I found Mike's Banjo Mute. 7 days later I get it in my mailbox (nB: I live in France).

Well the thing is very efficient: the banjo + the mute sounds a bit like a guitar, but less louder. I can rehearse at will !!

And now playing until dawn without disturbing my neigbours. My wife can look at the TV quietly too !

Thanks Mike
--
michel marcon (aka cmic)

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/18/2010

Submitter

PaulKirby (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Fantastic. Cuts the sound by a prodigious amount. Mike was great to deal with. I recommend this to any picker. I demonstrated it for my wife and she said 'wow, all these years you've been playing the banjo and you just discover this now?'

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/16/2010

Submitter

Airdog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike

Overall Comments


This thing is great. It makes the banjo whisper yet stay crisp and clear, and it even seems to add some sustain. The sound with the mute is something like a harpsichord; it makes me want to play some Bach! Nicely done, Mike!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/15/2010

Submitter

mikeyboy5stringer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

purchased from Mikes Mute

Overall Comments


Received the Banjo mute in good time after purchase. This mute is as advertised. Unbelievably quiet.. Very satisfied. I really enjoy picking my Steve Ryan Custom Made 5 String with one of Mike's 5 string mutes. Thanks!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/10/2010

Submitter

wb4yal (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Hi all,

I just received my Mike's Banjo Mute. I am very impressed. I live with a lovely and tolerant wife but at times my long practice sessions were difficult for her to handle. I put on my new banjo mute last night and was able to practice upstairs while she peacefully slept downstairs. That is a testament to what the mute was able to accomplish in reducing my playing volume yet allowing me to get in some good practice time.

I ordered the mute from Mike and received it promptly. It is always good to get fast shipping!

Ratings: Fit and Finish 10
Comment: The Mute looks very good and was easy to get on and off the bridge. I am very satisfied with the product and am spreading the word about Mike's banjo Mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/30/2010

Submitter

dhomrok (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Mike's mute does everything as advertised. Nice clear tones and an appreciable decibel drop. I'm a late night player and this is exactly what I needed.
After I ordered I immediately got an email from Mike to confirm the order.
Very happy with this accessory.
Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/28/2010

Submitter

Koala_in_pjs (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I first found out about Mike's Banjo Mute on BHO then went to his website and read a bit more about them and and thought thats sounds like what I need as my banjo is pretty loud, which isn't a problem until I want to do some late night practicing.

I contacted Mike via email to enqire about a mute. He was very prompt and helpful answering my questions which helped me decide to purchase a 5 string radiused mute. The mute arrived 17 days after I had mailed my order and payment to him which is quite quick seeing as I am in Australia and Mike the USA.

I tried the mute on my banjo and am pleased with it. The mute is very easy to put on and take off. It has dropped the volume from an 11 to about a 3 on the loudness scale which means I can pick for as long as I want through the evening and night without worrying about keeping anyone awake or annoying the neighbours.

Definately worthwhile getting one.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/28/2010

Submitter

Davetheplumber (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

October

Overall Comments


I saw Mike's mute on BHO and ordered one after reading the reviews. I didn't like the idea of putting a cloth or whatever inside my banjo. The mute works as advertised and I can practice without complaint from my wife and daughter. It makes your banjo sound kind of like a guitar. I took it to my banjo instructor and he said it sounded like a dulcimer.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/20/2010

Submitter

claquato (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


This banjo mute is easy to use and will save your homelife. It has a low profile for unimpeded pick movement. The mute stays in place and allows me to practice with no protest from my wife, neighbors and cats. THANKS MIKE!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/12/2010

Submitter

goghiti (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's web site

Overall Comments


I had a different mute that worked well until I changed to a Kat Eyz. It was too thick to get the old mute on easily. Mike's mute fit the Kat Eyz bridge with no trouble. As advertised, it goes on easily, doesn't interfere with the right hand and looks sharp. And it does a great job muting the sound so it doesn't disturb others. Add to that the personal attention from Mike. He emailed me immediately after I ordered it to let me know it would be on the way and when to expect it. Well done Mike. I really like the mute, sound and personal service.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/12/2010

Submitter

dave_j_richo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Received Mikes Banjo Mute a few weeks ago, immediate response and postage to Australia from Mike and arrived very quickly and well packaged.
The mute itself works perfectly for what I was after.
I live in the top floor of a apartment block and everything travels through the thin walls, the mute reduces the level to a point where I am now able to play using finger picks which was not a option at any part of the day without the mute.
Keeping in mind that this is a MUTE and you lose all your resonator "banjo" twang, but you get to keep the sustain which is why it works great, ending up with a more guitar type sound.
I found clamping on the bridge gives me a clean guitar sound and clamping the strings behind the bridge gives a silenced thin banjo sound.
One very happy customer.
A must have for any banjo player especially the "suburban" players.

Cheers Mike

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/10/2010

Submitter

ilhelm (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Does the job! It really takes the loud, hard edge off the sound, making the banjo sound a little more guitar-like perhaps.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/9/2010

Submitter

glswank (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


My wife has a t-shirt that says "Paddle Faster I Hear Banjos." So, you know she's not happy when I pick up the canon I'm hitting. Mike's Banjo Mute has not only got me back into my house to practice it's an incredible mute. Excellent sustain on the strings and it really makes it even easier to play, which I still think is weird but cool. One problem I have always had is striking past the strings and hitting the head. Without the mute it's not really noticable but with the mute I notice it alot....which is good because it's helping me fine tune my picking style and the cleaner it gets the smoother and faster I'm playing. If you don't have one of these - GET ONE....simple as that.

Greg Swank - Rudolph, WI

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/6/2010

Submitter

iccone (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

internet

Overall Comments


I recently purchased mike's banjo mute. It's a great mute that is easy to use. There is enough tone to hear what you are playing and it is quiet enough to not bother others. My wife loves it! As far as price, you get what you pay for. It is the only mute I will use.
Fred(iccone)

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/29/2010

Submitter

DaveSTL (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I tend to only have time to practice late at night, which is challenging with a baby in the house. I started looking for a mute that would work on my Nechville, which has a radius neck. A quick google search brought me to Mike's page, where I found that he makes a specific radius model (demo'ed by Tom Nechville, no less).

I ordered the mute late Saturday night, and received an email from Mike on Sunday morning. I received the mute on Wednesday, and it works just as advertised. I am able to play with picks at full strength, and the tone is quite pleasant. My wife is a big fan!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/28/2010

Submitter

beginagin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On-line from mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Excellent product,just as advertised. The Mikes mute really,really quiets my Stelling, yet leaves a very pleasant tone. This mute allows me to practice anytime, anywhere without worry of waking my family and neighbors. The mute is attractive, well made and doesn't interfere with my hand position. Nice shipping, the mute was in my mailbox just two days after placing the order.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/20/2010

Submitter

shobudbanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike's web site.

Overall Comments


I purchased Mike's Mute late Friday night and received it Monday afternoon. His service is great as well as the communication. As for Mike's Mute, it is tremendous. I put it on my banjo and it worked great. I went into another room and my wife said she couldn't hear me. She said Mike's Mute made my banjo sound great. Every banjo picker that has a family should own this mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/19/2010

Submitter

jlovette (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mikes webpage

Overall Comments


The thing works! Even when I tried it with bridges is was not designed to work with.
I was able to try this out with a couple of different bridges that I found in my banjo case. I initially had on my banjo a moon bridge. As I am a relative beginner I bought the straight mute not really considering that the moon bridge is compesnated and radiused. It took a litte finagling to get in on, as well as some minor tuning adjustements because the compensation actually causes the strings behind the bridge to contact and rest on the underclamp as it goes back toward the tailpiece. Still it worked relatively well.

I then found a Grover bridge that had the bone nut inserts on them. This bridge though not compensated and radiused did not work because the the bridge was to big for the clamps to go around. It sat on the bridge half cocked but did not go on properly. For me no big woop.

I also found a regular unmarked bridge that I assumed came on the banjo originally (An eighties alvarez). Uncompensated, straight with the 1 11/16 spacing. I did find that particular spacing to still have issues with installation. By issues I mean it doesn't go on quite as smooth as Bill Evans puts it on in his youtube video. I got it on without too much trouble but the string still contacts the underclamp enough to require a little retuning. After installation it clamps on and works like promised! My wife is so happy! It truly does "promote family harmony". As a beginner you can imagine howmany times i start and stop and restart.....and stop.....throw a pick at the wall......go get it.........restart.

But the magic really happened when I got my Snuffy Smith II bridge in the mail. I got it with Crowe spacing and installation was much improved. The 1/16th of an inch makes a difference. The are no retuning issues that are created by installation although the strings do touch the underclamp a smidge. It works like a dream! I am so glad I bought this. I can practice my banjer to my hearts content while my 17 month old daughter is napping or..... when my wife goes to bed but I don't wanna cause I've not had my fill of grinnin on what I was pickin! It kinda makes the banjo sound like a harp in a way and the mute never gets in the way. This was a good use of 34 dollars.

Had I bought the radiused version I probably could have kept the moon bridge on, yet I don't know how the moon bridges compensation would interact with it. I bet it would work just fine. I may go ahead and get the radiused version and give the straight one as a gift to someone I know who could use it!

The mute gets a nine because I feel that installation should be a bit smoother even when using the 1 11/16 spacing. The Crowe spacing helps with this and I'm guessing theBaucom spacing would alleviate eveything and make this a perfect 10! 9 out of 10 is still awesome which Mike's mute certainly is!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/18/2010

Submitter

phahn (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Easy to install and remove. Looks great. Sounds amazing!
This is a keeper. First thing I did was get rid of that old towel behind the coordinator rod.
Used PayPal - shipping took just a couple of days. Comes with a little storage bag.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/12/2010

Submitter

Willedmat (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from MIke on the Internet

Overall Comments


Fast delivery. Easy to put on. Works very well. Everything as advertised. It even looks good. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a Banjo mute. No more using socks to mute the banjo. Buy it now.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/4/2010

Submitter

banjobeat63 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Website

Overall Comments


Super Mute, with Pay Pal pays and very fast supplied! Recommendable!!! Easy to put on and take off!!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/2/2010

Submitter

fthronson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mikes website

Overall Comments


This mute is a must if you need to quite your banjo without sacrificing tone. Mike deserves the Noble Peace price. Pun intended. Best product I have seen in a long time.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/1/2010

Submitter

bradhoag1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


I heard about Mike's banjo mute on the internet and contacted Mike because I wanted to know if his banjo mute would work on my c- moon bridge. He assured me that it would work so I ordered it. He asked me to review his mute here on Banjo Hangout when I got it and I told him I would do that. I was impressed by the sturdy quality of the mute and surprised by how quiet his mute made my banjo. I've tried several ways to mute my banjo over the years. Mostly by taking off the resonator and stuffing my banjo with towels and rags while at the same time putting two clothes pins on my bridge. Mike's mute was even quieter than that method and quieter by a big margin. And way quieter than the Wright banjo mute that I use.

But on my c-moon bridge it wasn't as good a fit and not as quiet either. Some of my strings are louder than others and some strings sing because of the way it fits on my C shaped bridge. It is still usable, and I do still use it, but it bugs me a little.

I was concerned about the plastic nut that has the threads on it to bolt it onto the bridge. I hope the threads don't wear out. At least not too fast because the rest of the mute will last a lifetime and it looks like you can't just replace that part. I wonder if they are plastic so they can bend and fit better but I don't know. Maybe I should ask Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/30/2010

Submitter

Julchi (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I was looking for a solid mute because I practise late night (and as a beginner I don't sound very pretty I'm afraid). Stuffing my beloved banjo with a T-Shirt was just not good enough. Now I am more than happy with the tender, sweet tone and can even try to play with finger picks! Installation is as easy as it can get, I am VERY satisfied! Also the delivery to Austria was fast. Great service!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/23/2010

Submitter

Vanbentum (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Stidd Mike

Overall Comments


I was looking out for a Banjo mute and search for it in the internet. When I saw Mike's video I was very surprised on the muted sound of the Banjo Mike played. I ordered a mute. After only some days I got them. And I try it immediately on my Banjo. And I was very happy with the result. (To prevent from damage the upper ebony part of the bridge, I glued a thin layer of felt under the brass.) The sound was super again. Mike's Mute is very easy to fix and it will not move away from the bridge while playing. So I can do my day and night Banjo exercises without disturbing anyone in my neighborhood. The mute is highly recommendable. Try this mute first and it will safe your money (the double bought item is as generally known the dearly bought item).

Best regards from Germany
and happy (muted) picking.

Helmut van Bentum

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/16/2010

Submitter

mockingbanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Received here in Italy after a very loooong waiting (due to the worst Postal service / Custom of the World!) I must say I'm impressed by this mute. It works just great and it do exactly what it must do, but it do better than other mutes I've tried before. Fast and easy to attach, I use it not only to practice, but also in recording sessions where I need a kind of "dobroish" sound. 100% satisfied.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/12/2010

Submitter

Banjo Al (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Mutes the sound, easy on/off, looks like a piece of craftsman work. Only complaint is that it doesn't make the banjo sound like a banjo. (Others in my household like that....)

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/7/2010

Submitter

rthewitt3 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's web site

Overall Comments


Excellent product!! I played in the basement while my wife was upstairs, directly overhead. She did not hear a thing!
The sound is like a harpsichord, but the feel is exactly right. I highly recommend this product if you have to live with folks who get tired of hearing you practice...

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/6/2010

Submitter

kmangelos (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike's website

Overall Comments


After having a bit of difficulty getting it on my Maple Blossom, I contacted Mike and he responded quickly with good advice. I'm very pleased with the mute. It is a little difficult to get on an 11/16 bridge but it works really well with 5/8" bridges. Very nice design and the sound is great.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/31/2010

Submitter

jwade1j (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

MikesBanjoMute.com

Overall Comments


Just tried out my Mike's Banjo Mute. It works just as advertised. Easy to install, fits solidly on the bridge with no vibration, great tone. What more could you as for? A great product. Now I don't interrupt my wife's afternoon naps on the weekends.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/30/2010

Submitter

Silviocostello (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes on-line store

Overall Comments


I love this mute! As a new player I know that nobody enjoys listening to me struggle through Cripple Creek or scales. This mute is well made, sturdy and most importantly easy to use and very functional. I purchased the mute knowing that I would be moving into an apartment and I recommend everyone living in close quarters get one of these mutes!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/28/2010

Submitter

nunathat (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


Mike's banjo mute dampens volume without distortion. Other banjo mute's I've tried sounded "tinney' or 'thin'. (You'll see what I mean when you take the "Mike's Mute Challenge"!) i've also been very pleased with the mute's ease of use and overall quality. Combine that with fast shipping and excellent customer service and the end result is a perfect transaction!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/20/2010

Submitter

jbench (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


It's the best mute available! Very well built, solid, attractive, doesn't buzz, cuts volume but still let's the strings sustain and gives a nice tone. And built by a Utah boy! You can't go wrong with this one!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/14/2010

Submitter

iharding (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Truly wonderful and just as advertised. My only complaint is that my fingers hurt from practicing so much now that the family doesn't yell at me as soon as I start. This is the single greatest thing you can buy if you have family, roommates, or neighbors who don't appreciate your playing. Makes the banjo use its indoor voice.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/13/2010

Submitter

paco_rumblefish (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I like this mute. It arrived quickly (I ordered it on a Saturday and it came the fallowing Monday). It is easy to install and does not mar the bridge. Most importantly, however, I can now practice banjo while my two-year-old sleeps upstairs (in a house with hardwood floors that seems to act like a large resonator). I am no longer resigned to practicing on a five gallon bucket out in the woods (although I’m sure I will return to this practice—it seems aesthetically appropriate for banjo practice).

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/7/2010

Submitter

jbraun002 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I've never bought a mute before so I have no comparables, but Mike's Banjo Mute works wonderfully.

I share a house where one of the occupants sleeps during the day, so playing at full volume isn't an option for me. Mike's mute mutes my Goldstar GF-100 perfectly. It brings it down to about strong fingerpicked guitar levels, give or take (if I'm doing a strong roll). It increases the sustain of my banjo considerably, which also makes it more guitar-like.

The mute stays on easily. The construction seems top notch and it even looks nice. And... your friends will love it too! :)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/25/2010

Submitter

tjolson81 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike!

Overall Comments


Another satisfied customer. Mutes aren't much fun but if you have to get one this is the one to get. Great build quality, looks like something your grandfather would give you. love it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/24/2010

Submitter

rwright564 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mike_cabinet@yahoo.com

Overall Comments


Received it today and it works great -- a very clever design -- easy on and easy off. The muted strings have excellent tone. Made very well and should last forever. Well worth the $30. No problem playing with picks after hours now -- Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/22/2010

Submitter

Spadman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Mike

Overall Comments


I received the mute a couple of days ago and I must tell you that it exceeds my expectations. I can now frail and flail in the late hours of the evening without worrying about bothering the rest of the family. I am very pleased with the easy on - easy off function of the mute. Mutes I've tried in the past either failed to stay attached to the bridge or took three hands and 12 fingers to install. One thing I noticed....on my banjo...probably due to the depth of the notches on my bridge and the fact that I use light gauge strings.....the 1st and 5th strings seemed to be a bit louder than the other strings. It appeared that the brass piece did not make contact with the 1st and 5th strings and it did with the 2nd - 4th strings. All the strings were muted however the 1st and 5th just seemed to ring a bit more than the others......so I cut two small pieces of decorative tape and applied them to the bottom of the brass part to cushion the 1st and 5th strings just a bit..... and voilà! PERFECT!

All that said, here is the ringing endorsement.....I am so pleased with the mute that I am going to ordered another one as a gift to a friend and fellow banjo player.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/22/2010

Submitter

humphrej (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


I've had the mute for a few weeks now. I give it 100%.

Before I bought it I was concerned about two things - stress on the bridge caused by the weight of the mute and possible damage to the bridge when tightening up the screws putting it on and off. Neither is a problem! It's much lighter than it looks and the tightening screws are nylon so I can't over-tighten even if I wanted to.

The weird thing the difference in tone though - with the mute on, it's much quieter but it also sounds clearer. Not sure if its my ears picking up more delicate sounds now that it isn't so loud or perhaps I can pick harder/cleaner without annoying the neighbours. Well worth the $$!.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/14/2010

Submitter

anderbud (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.angiesbanjo.com

Overall Comments


The mute's gold color compliments my Granada and the tone and pitch are unaffected. The ease of on/off is superior to the FC mute. I recommend Mike's mute to any level of playing.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/14/2010

Submitter

Jo_Surf (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I tried the Gold Tone mute but it would leave sticky glue from the felt liner on my bridge. This glue would deaden the sound after I removed the mute until it got the bridge cleaned off. Mike's mute is even quiter and more professionally built. Leaves nothing on the bridge and easy to use.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/6/2010

Submitter

frettin_n_pickin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes website

Overall Comments


I've been after a mute for a while and I'm a firm believer in "you get what you pay for." I bought Mike's mute on June 2nd, and it arrived (in Albuquerque) on June 5th. I couldn't wait to get home and try it out. As with a lot of the reviews I read beforehand, Wow. Just what I was after, easy on/off, doesn't change the playability; just the volume. I'm very satisfied with my purchase, you will be too! Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/4/2010

Submitter

banjerbob (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I have been playing with a F-C mute since I started picking, and I have been very happy with it. I saw the ad for Mike's mute in Angie's Silver Strings ezine, and I went to Mike's website (www.mikesbanjomute.com), checked out the videos and testimonials, and ordered one.
First off, I ordered the mute on Tuesday. I got an immediate "thank you" from Mike via email. I figured that, even if this was an autoresponder, it was a nice touch. I replied to his email and almost immediately, Mike replied back! Wow! I got the mute yesterday morning (Thursday; great shipping time!), and I tried it out last night.
I tuned my 5-string before fitting the mute, then, when I put the mute on, I checked my tuning again and WOW!! no need to retune! That was a big plus. I played for about an hour (if what I do can actually be called playing), and the mute never loosened or vibrated at all. I noticed that there was less string buzz, too.
This is a great mute. It looks good, it fits well, and I think the nylon thumbscrews (that "lift' the feet to to the bridge instead of "seating" the plate to the bridge) are a key component to making the mute maintain the actual tone of the banjo and reducing buzzing/vibration sounds.
Great product; heartily recommended! Thanks, Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/10/2010

Submitter

Rick Anderson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct

Overall Comments


This mute is absolutely awesome! It is easy to put on and take off and it doesn't change the tuning at all. It sounds exactly like somebody turned down the volume by 80% or so - everything else, including the feel, is exactly the same!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/4/2010

Submitter

fyrcapt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Banjo Mute

Overall Comments


I was looking for a mute for a while and stumbled upon Mike banjo Mute. I was in the market in the first place so that I could practice anytime I wanted to "even when my wife is home watching her shows!" After all happy wife happy life. Once I received it I must say I was very impressed with the construction and ease of use. It simply slides right over the bridge and tightens down with two small knobs. Doesn't really interfere with my hand position or playing. I haven't removed it since I installed it. It actually has a nice tone with it on that I enjoy.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/27/2010

Submitter

Spockears (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I've just started to play the banjo and figured a mute would be in order to save the sanity of family, neighbours etc. After scouring the internet i came across Mikes youtube video and knew this was the mute for me! Not only does this mute cut the volume way down it also takes away those overtones that non-banjo players find annoying. I can now practice in the same room as my girlfriend without being constantly asked when I'm going to stop. Add to this top notch materials and construction and you have a winner! Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/26/2010

Submitter

Tommy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's banjo mute website

Overall Comments


This mute is great. My wife didnot even know I was playing. When I took it off she requested that I please put it back on. When you are learning, you play the same thing over and over, this Mute helps keep the peace at home Thanks Mike

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/21/2010

Submitter

Smokess (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

At Mike´s Site

Overall Comments


I bought that mute two weeks ago (i am from germany) and it finally arrived. It came in a little, airbag-safed box. I opened it and saw a little bag with the mute in it and some "promotion stripes", quite useful to recommend mikes mute. Ok, i was done and mounted it on my banjo, and BAM, totally silence,´i never heard my banjo whispering, but the tone was very nice. in the beginning a was not used to it, but now its completely "my sound", i even forget to dismount the mute sometimes, and i have this thing one day. i never tried any other mutes, but i wouldnt have the idea to buy anotherone instead of mikes´. i am living in a house with 12 families, and now no one complains about the volume, yesterday i played at about 1 am and no neighbour kicked at my door, GREAT!

thanks for this good product mike

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/21/2010

Submitter

fatherobrien (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online

Overall Comments


Mute works great. dEADENS THE VOLUME BUT NOT THE TONE

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/17/2010

Submitter

drleaman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Banjo Mute Website

Overall Comments


Mike - received the mute today. This is THE ONE! I had been using the Gold Tone mute which is just OK but it sounds odd and rattles. Mikes Banjo Mute maintains that banjo sound while significantly reducing volume. It dosen't rattle, attaches securely and dosen't get in the way at all. This is THE ONE to buy! Thanks for a great product! Doug

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/2/2010

Submitter

Heesman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I ordered this mute after seeing the demonstration on Mike's website as I needed a mute for my office. I have a 70's Alvarez 5-string in my office that was way too loud for office duty. With Mike's mute I play every day over my lunch hour - one of my colleagues commented that the banjo with the mute was very soothing!

Quality product and good customer service.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/29/2010

Submitter

hemlockbrook (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I have just started playing claw-hammer and was looking for something to keep the peace in the house.

This mute is outstanding. It has a great tone...nice and warm and keeps the sound levels down to an very comfortable level (for all).

As an engineer I appreciate the quality and precision with which this mute is made and would highly recommend it to anyone in need of some "quiet" time.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/26/2010

Submitter

slammer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I too after reading reviews and seeing the demonstration on Mikes website ordered the Mute. I have to say this is the first $34.00 I've spent on anything banjo related that my wife hasn't B!*#@#$ (complained) about. Works great and I almost wish banjos actually sounded this way , but louder. Great sustain and such a mellow sound that almost puts me to sleep. You will not bother anyone playing with this mute. Buck up and get one, you wont't be sorry. Thanks Mike.
P.S. Very solid, nice looking , fast shipping, nice people!!!!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/26/2010

Submitter

BTS (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


I have been using Mike's Mute for a couple of weeks now. The device certainly does what it says on the tin, plus a bit more.

Volume is way down, however the tone and response changes dramatically in my view. The volume is somewhat louder than playing an unamplified electric guitar, but not an awful lot. The tone changes to something similar to a very quiet dobro with much increased sustain. I dont see these changes as an issue as I can play virtually whenever and wherever I want.

Apart from not annoying the neighbours, I have found another benefit. Much as I love the banjo it is as we all know a very loud instrument. After long sessions even I find the sheer volume of the banjo tiring. Being able to turn the volume way down makes extended sessions more enjoyable, and I find I have been able to extend the length of my playing sessions without personal "noise fatigue".

Finally the mute appears to be very solid and well made. Slipping it on and off is a breeze and does not seem to put my banjo out of tune.

Very glad I have found this accessory. I'll be using it a lot.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/13/2010

Submitter

Ole Grizz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Came quickly, nice little pouch. Keep my picks in there with the mute. On my banjo has a little trouble getting the clamp of the mute between the strings to attach to bridge. But not a big deal. Work well, nice ring to it.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/8/2010

Submitter

TEM77 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


After reading reveiws on the forum I figured why not try mikes banjo mute out. And boy am I glad I did. This thing was super easy to install and works awesome. Now I can pick up and play my banjo anytime and not worry about bothering anybody. My banjo still sounds great with it, just a lot more quieter. Whether it be 9am or midnight I`m good to go with my practicing. By the way I ordered it saturday morning and got it monday morning, talk about fast shipping! Thank you Mikes Banjo Mute

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/5/2010

Submitter

stivin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mike'sbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Mike is in Utah, I'm on Long Island New York. I placed my order on saturday, it arrived monday morning....that's pretty good service don't you think? I immediately put it on my Gold Tone CB 100 and was very pleasantly surprised...it worked just great. It not only cut down on the volume, but it produced a very pleasant full sound with plenty of clear resonance, not a flat muffled tone that you might expect. I think it's a fine product that's worth getting. Thanks Mike, it beats all other mutes.
Steve Roppolo

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/4/2010

Submitter

runner (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's Banjo Mute

Overall Comments


Today I received my new banjo mute.
For those who are looking for a fine banjo mute, I suggest to try Mike's banjo mute. It is small, good material and easy to install.
And above all.......it's quiet, you can even play at night. No one will notice.

Thanks Mike.

Kind regards

Runner
(The Netherlands)

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/2/2010

Submitter

5stringfun (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I recently saw the caption "saves marriages" used to describe a banjo mute. Immediately understanding what that meant, I had to have one.
Mike's Youtube vid says it all.
This well crafted mute quiets your instrument to a whisper wihtout any rattles or buzz and retains the banjo's sound.
I cant think of a better practice (or composing) tool because you never know inspiration will strike.
I would recommend it to anyone who cares to listen!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/2/2010

Submitter

WaltMi02 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Having checked BHO about Mike's mute and seeing it received a very positive rating, i felt confident in ordering it. Another big sell was seeing the video on his website. Needless to say, after receiving the mute, I attached it and it did not disappoint, easy to get on/off. Now i can practice without bothering the wife and kids.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/22/2010

Submitter

bigco74 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I'm out of the doghouse and back inside thanks to Mike's Mute. It does what it says it will do. It cuts the volume down so you can pick around the family, dog, sleeping baby, and the all important television without the evil glares, flat tires, and cussing without compromising the tone. My wife is very pleased so that means I am too.
Mikes mute is very well made. Solid in construction and simple in application. On/ off very quick and easy with no re-tuning.
Speedy delivery and good communication from seller. I would highly recommend Mike's Mute to anyone who needs to turn the volume down without killing their banjo's tone.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/14/2010

Submitter

lilcowdog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's web site

Overall Comments


This thing is great! I have neighbors that no longer hate me! I can practice without bothering anyone. The reviews and product description are very acurate. This thing does all they say it will. You need this item!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/10/2010

Submitter

nataran (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I've been one of those gonna/wanna/shoulda been starting players for a while. We have neighbors on both sides so I've been a bit self conscious when practising. I looked at some reviews for banjo mutes and Mike's came up consistently as being really good - so I ordered one.

It arrived yesterday - it was super easy to fit and muted the sound right down but the tone was great and mellow. Fantastic! Now I have NO excuses.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/9/2010

Submitter

Carlos Benavides (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is a wonderful product. Very easy to use and makes for very quiet practice sessions. Perfect for me when I play at 6am and my wife and two-year old are asleep - now they stay asleep! Yes, of course there are cheap alternatives, but you know what, taking off the resonator twice a day to add and remove rags gets old fast, and clothes pins on the bridge always fly off or fall onto the strings or get in the way of the picking hand, and as for sticking silly putty or others on the bridge feet and have it soak up whatever chemical gunk it's made from? - no thanks. There comes a time when you just have to do something right, and when you need a quiet banjo you need a reliable mute. This one is awesome, and it shipped same day service - wow!!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/8/2010

Submitter

poorgirl (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I looked around at other mutes, and ultimately decided to go with Mike's Mute. I'm so pleased with it! It cuts down the volume of my playing by about half, and mellows out some of the overtones which can cut through the many layers of my house, and make my roomates and neighbours cranky. Now I can practice to my heart's content at all hours of the day! It's also really well made, and I can tell it will last me forever. It's really easy to use, once you realize it sits behind, not ON, the bridge. Which resulted in accidental experiments in banjo distortion. whoops.
It's really quick to pop it onto the banjo as well, so no time wasted fidgeting and adjusting.
I also like that I'm supporting an independent business rather than some bigger company that really doesn't need my $.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/1/2010

Submitter

tc57 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On-Line

Overall Comments


I searched on-line to find a banjo mute and came across Mike's Banjo Mute. I listened to the demo and was very impressed with the sound quality and low volume the mute produced. The reviews for this product were all very positive so I ordered one. I ordered it on a Thursday and received it the following Monday. I tried the mute and was immediately impressed by the rich tonal qualities it produced and the manner in which it reduced the volume on my banjo. This is the first review I have ever written for any product I have ordered and I would not have written it if I was not 100% satisfied with Mike's Banjo Mute. Great product, I'm glad I purchased it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/22/2010

Submitter

wdave (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Great product! Before I had the mute, I had to: remove resonator, stuff in rag, lose the picks. Now, with the mute, I can play the banjo fully intact and with picks (no rag either). It's even quieter than before and creates a very pleasant harp like tone. Very fast service from Mike also.
Dave Little

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/21/2010

Submitter

Frank-NH (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Sept 2009

Overall Comments


Saved my Banjo playing! I am a new banjo player and found it difficult to practice until I bought Mike's Mute. It just works great.

Lately I have gotten my courage up and have started to jam with a local community string band and if I feel hesitant at all I just slip Mike's Mute on and I don't worry as much about messing up the song.

Absolute must have for beginners!

Frank in NH

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/21/2010

Submitter

mtuttle (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


The mute is well made and the polished brass looks very nice. I have a compensated bridge (as opposed to straight), so I selected this mute because it works on a curvy bridge, and because of the good reviews I have read. The volume is reduced dramatically, and the tone is very good. It doesn't sound like a banjo (not a problem to me), but the pitch of the strings is clear and that is critical so you know you are fingering and picking correctly. I have over 4mm of bridge curvature and the mute works fine. It also does not get in the way of my right hand.
The only 2 issues I have are that the sides of the mute rub significantly on the outside strings when I install or remove the mute, and that I can't leave the mute installed when I put it in the case because it could put pressure on the mute/bridge/head when the lid is closed. This is a very good product.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/18/2010

Submitter

bluegrasshair (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


I looked at several mutes, i.e. Gold Tone, etc., and found Mike's Youtube demonstration impressed me the most. I'm a beginner so I need a mute to practice correctly but at lower volume; I don't want to not to annoy anyone and don't want to get into bad habits playing too softly either. Mike shipped the product promptly. It comes in a nice little pouch; it is well crafted and looks very nice on the banjo. It attached to the bridge in seconds and it works perfectly! This was just exactly what I wanted. This is a must have for a beginner and it looks like it will last for a lifetime.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/31/2009

Submitter

banjohkg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I purchased his mute from Hong Kong through his website. He mailed it on the same day as my order and informed me by e-mail. Great respose! Only 8 days to be delivered to me in Hong Kong by international mail. Packing was perfect. Kindly international mail cost was inclusive in the price. In his e-mail, he recommended me to join the member of BHO. Now, I am one of the members here. I have tried other mutes and other ways before. But, his mute is the best quality with reasonable price. Highly recommended. Thank you very much, Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/30/2009

Submitter

Shimdog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Very well made mute that is easy to put on and remove. The sound is a little quieter than I expected, but I am very pleased with the tone it projects. I definitely recommend.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/29/2009

Submitter

Amond (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I have played the banjo now for 6 months, and even though I have enjoyed every second of picking and playing with this fine instrument, my wife and children see it from a sligthly different perspective. I recieved my banjo mute yesterday and I am very impressed! What's even more important: so is my family!! When I play now, I don't hear that whining noise and slamming of doors in the background I used to hear everytime I picked the strings. I am a happy customer indeed!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/28/2009

Submitter

Usethemute (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online direct from Mike

Overall Comments


I have tried two mutes: a generic made-in-China thing called Gold-something (maybe "Golden Gate") and Mike's Banjo Mute. Mike's is by far superior and well worth the cost ($34). The M-i-C mute was this shiny, toothed piece of miniature pig-iron that you somehow had to strap onto your bridge (I used a couple of rubber bands, and it looked pretty Dogpatch-ish). It worked, but just barely, and risked real rattle with the strings. It also made the banjo sound more like a low-volume guitar.

Mike's is a piece of art in comparison; beautifully finished brass with two nylon screws to attach to the bridge. Nylon so that the stresses are less, I guess, and less chance of scratching. Works very well - lower profile than the pig-iron, so your picking hand has a more natural orientation. No rattle, and easily installed or removed. Reduces the volume, probably, by 50% or so, and it still sounds pretty much like a banjo.

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/26/2009

Submitter

BoneDigger (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is the first mute that I have ever purchased. I doubt that I'll ever need to buy another one. This mute works great and is just as the others have described it: perfect! It reduces the volume of the banjo by more than 50% and makes it slightly quieter than a guitar. MY WIFE LOVES IT! The tonal quality is very good and it is very easy to put on and take off. If you need to reduce the volume of the banjo due to living in an apartment or if you have kids that go to bed early, this is the perfect accessory for you. In fact, I may now take my banjo with me when I am working out of town and staying in a motel. It is well made, well thought out, and cheap! Get one!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/19/2009

Submitter

Giaour (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike's website

Overall Comments


I just gotta say this little gadget works perfectly and gives the banjo a fantastic sound as well! It adds loads to the sustain and gives a bright, metallic tone. It even comes in a cool little pouch which you can keep your picks in. I'm a sucker for nicely machined bits of brass so I probably would have bought one even if I didn't have a banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/18/2009

Submitter

Big I (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I love it when a product lives up to its reputation. I had heard good things about mikes mute and it was just as expected. Super quite, and sounds great. Quality product, worth the money. I can now play anytime, anywhere.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/14/2009

Submitter

TnFrosty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


I bought this due to moving into an apartment while we are having a house built. It is just what I needed, as I can play as I normally would and not disturb the neighbors. I had a Fielding-Cutler mute a couple of years ago, but sold it due to having to alter my hand position. I was concerned about Mike's Mute having the same problem, but it is not the case. This mute is well built and Mike was very quick communicating via email. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a quality mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/11/2009

Submitter

co74emt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Just got it today,put it on and played for my wife and i probably shouldn't tell you this but she said she would have spent double for it. I snowbird to florida in the winter and live in a 37" 5th wheel, This is just what I needed.It's easy to use,fits great,AWESOME.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/10/2009

Submitter

five-string fever (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

online from Mike!

Overall Comments


Great mute!!! I owned another kind that I didn't like much and lost it, which was fine as I rarely used it. That led me to search the "Hangout" forums for a better mute, which led me to Mike's. It was shipped promptly, easy to attach and remove and doesn't kill the tone. I often practice my guitar chops by playing an unplugged electric guitar. Now I do the same with my banjo. I still hear the notes clearly without the volume and the power associated with our beloved instrument. I actually sit and practice rolls and songs in the same room while watching TV with my son or I can play while the family sleeps. As many have said a marriage-saver/whine-stopper.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/2/2009

Submitter

skip1393@comcast.net (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mike stidd

Overall Comments


works like a champ, on or off in 5- 10 seconds, sounds great, and i can come out of the cellar now, thanks mike, skip lewis

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/18/2009

Submitter

douric (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

website/online

Overall Comments


Mike Stidd's banjo mute arrived yesterday. My wife is smiling and the dog is out from under the couch. Tried it on my Gibson-Alvarez resonator which ordinarily has the volume of a .50 cal machine gun and this morning my neighbor two houses down asked me if I'd given my banjo away. Simple to use. Muffles the sound but preserves enough tonal quality to keep my ear in touch with what my fingers are doing. Thanks, Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/12/2009

Submitter

EddieZ (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.mikesbanjomute.com/

Overall Comments


Works great. I'd order another one! Only concern, wish a little time had been spent removing burs and metal flakes from around drilled and tapped holes. 1/12/10 Just received my second one excellent quality. Minor issues I had have been corrected. BRAVO!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/3/2009

Submitter

BOZ1713 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


I received the mute last week and have had the chance to use it daily since. I am really impressed with the tone - even muted - and the workmanship is outstanding. I am no longer banned to the furtherest reaches of the house when practicing. It is easy to attach and there is minimal interference with the right hand (nothing to worry about). The delivery was quick and the service outstanding.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/30/2009

Submitter

steve2165 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

on line

Overall Comments


took a while for it to arrive in the UK but worth the wait
it works just fine no rattles no buzz, doesnt fall off, well finished easy to fit
gives great sustain and creates a really nice tone
thinking of using the tone sometimes in performances by amplifying it
all in all a great piece of kit recommend it to anyone

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/27/2009

Submitter

August (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


The mute is a spiffy looking brass and with an aluminum bar with two “feet” underneath and two brass thumbscrews on top. After two minutes turning it this way and that over the bridge (I’m not good at this kind of stuff) I figured it out and installed it. I’d read reviews of this mute but I wasn’t really prepared for the low, sweet sound the banjo has with it on. The mute doesn’t compromise the instrument at all, just gives a different sound that I like as much as the banjo unmuted. Now when I’m visiting my new grandson I can play the banjo without waking him and maybe even put him to sleep with its new quiet, dulcet tone. Highly recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/24/2009

Submitter

Billy Cipri (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This is one SUPERIOR banjo mute...Mike's service is exemplary and only 72 hours from order to delivery!!!

'Mike's mute' performs WAY better than anything I have used to date! A small, sueded-leather storage pouch (included) allows the mute to be secured to your banjo for ready-use, if so-desired.

I tried my new 'Mike's mute' on both my Gibson Retro 4 and Stelling Red Fox banjos and was eminently pleased with its ease of use and moreover...with its PERFORMANCE!

Having very recently obtained and used this product...IMO, it is its combination of attributes...supreme ease of installation and removal, COMBINED with its effectiveness in muting the banjo...which places 'Mike's Mute' in its own class as a superior...(and nearly indispensible), banjo accessory.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/18/2009

Submitter

jmerullo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On-line

Overall Comments


Awesome! I'm a banjo newbie living in a house where sound travels. That meant no practicing after my wife and son are asleep. One of my banjo teacher's other students turned me onto Mike's Mute so I bought one, site unseen (or, rather, unheard) and I'm glad I did.

The banjo is much quieter now, though not at all muffled. If anything there is even more sustain with the mute on. I don't understand the mechanics of how it works, but it does. I can now pick away at all hours of the night without bothering anybody. I've taken to leaving the mute on most of the time while practicing so I don't have to worry about the rest of my family hearing Cripple Creek over and over and over again.

Customer service has also been awesome. I lost one of the thumbscrews (I blame my son...) and Mike was quick to make sure I got a replacement.

Go buy Mike's Mute. Your family will thank you.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/15/2009

Submitter

BOSN (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mikes Mute Web Site

Overall Comments


Ordered mute on 10/12 & received it on 10/15. How's that for service! Mute is very easy to put in place & you do not have to worry about moving the bridge as you do with some others. Mute is made with quality materials & even looks good (If that matters) I highly rate this product. Any user will definately be satisfied.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 8/4/2009

Submitter

banjori (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mail - online

Overall Comments


I just got Mike's mute in the mail. Right away I felt good about it when I put it on the banjo. It gave the banjo a sweet tone, reduce the sound by about 50% and didn't change the intonation. I had recently tried the GoldTone mute and after about half an hour I was ready to throw it away. But Mike's mute was fine in all the ways that the Gold Tone mute was bad. I'm happy with my purchase. I never tried the Fielding mute so I can't compare Mike's mute to that product.


Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/28/2009

Submitter

Laura Moss (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct./Internet

Overall Comments


Heard about Mike's Mute from a fellow camper at BCN this year. I ordered one and am delighted with it. It is beautifully made and solidly constructed. It is easy on and off. And truly mutes the sound without distortion. I can now practice without disturbing my husband or my neighbors till the wee hours. I would also consider leaving it on when I accompany myself singing. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes golden gate
submitted 7/15/2009

Submitter

blarneypilgrim (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Hobgoblin music store UK

Overall Comments


Got a friend of mine to buy a banjo mute in the Uk for me and he brought back the only mute that was available.Tried it on a compensated bridge and it wont fit.It is designed for straight bridges only.Tried it on a straight Stelling bridge also and it wont fit.This seems to be designed for extremely narrow bridges where it is just supposed to sit on top of the bridge with no locking mechanism.This is all very well if you play your banjo horizontally but when you play it the way your supposed to i.e sitting up it just falls off.Complete junk.Utter waste of money.Even a rating of 1 is way too high.

Overall Rating

1


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/13/2009

Submitter

sarahanne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

mikesbanjomute.com

Overall Comments


Wonderful! Much quieter than I expected from other things I read when I did a mute search here on BHO. Pitch still sounded good to me also, of course my ear is still being trained. Very, very easy to install, good thing since there were no instructions included but I read about it on his web site. Definite ***** five stars, of course I haven't tried any other "real" mutes, just the old shirt in the pot and some paper towels up under the strings next to the bridge. One thing i did notice, I guess I tend to keep my hand a bit flat or at least low to the bridge so if i got close to the bridge I could feel the mute on the heel of my hand occasionally. That might be a good thing and make me put more arch in my wrist.

17 July 2009
OK, I've used this for a couple days now and I am not as enamored as I was at first. It works great at muting the banjo but I am finding it gets in the way. I've read this about another mute that goes on the bridge and now have experienced it first hand. My wrist/palm base tend to be fairly close to the bridge, perhaps I should work on getting more of a bend in my wrist. I find that with the mute on I have to move more to the Y position to keep the mute from interfering with my hand. Not a big deal but I don't think it's a good thing to practice routinely instead of having your hand back in the X position where I normally play.

Overall Rating

6


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/10/2009

Submitter

kanukka (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike himself

Overall Comments


Great product, good service,fast delivery. I ordered a banjo at the same time from Spain to Finland and mute arrived faster. Today I got banjo also. Couldn't play without the mute in apartment builing I live in.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/6/2009

Submitter

kwilly (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike Mute

Overall Comments


I'm a raw beginner; wanted to be sure I didn't disturb or drive anybody nuts while I was practicing. The mute is terrific. Easy to put on, even for a novice, and it works GREAT. Thanks a million, Mike. Keep up the great work.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/1/2009

Submitter

Bob E (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike

Overall Comments


Great produce. Now I can practice outside without bothering the neighbors. Bob E

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/12/2009

Submitter

BeLikeSteve (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO Classifieds

Overall Comments


Just got the mute today and tried it out. I already love it. It gives the banjo a soft sweet sound with nice sustain that is already helping me focus on the music better - without the usual noise and reverberation.

I didn't know that my banjo's volume was actually distracting me a bit from hearing what I was playing, but the mute helps me focus better on the chords and melody -- a benefit I hadn't anticipated. And when I remove it, it's as if my ear can now discern the effects of the strings versus the resonator -- subtle, but I like it.

I got the mute as a "marriage saver," but I think its going to help me develop as a player, too. My wife, who hates bluegrass, had no comment, but I think she'll appreciate it over time ;) The noise reduction is dramatic.

I did notice a little buzzing on my fourth string, but nothing that distracts me too much. The benefits far outweigh this small aspect.

Also, Mike was very helpful over both phone and e-mail - great service.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/28/2009

Submitter

dtotheatothevtothee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from banjohangout classifieds

Overall Comments


Works exactly as advertised...super quiet especially with a t-shirt stuffed in the back of my Deering Goodtime. My wife was impressed and very thankful!!!

Mike communicated via e-mail with ship date...quick shipment to Alaska!

Will recommend to all my banjo playin' friends!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/26/2009

Submitter

eMike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd online

Overall Comments


I have had a Fielding-Cutler mute for a couple of years and bought one of Mike's Mutes a few months ago after reading about it in BNL. I prefer the Mike's Mute to the F-C. It does not have a metallic sound like the F-C does, but instead has a much sweeter tone, sounding a lot like a lute. I had a problem with the F-C mute causing a string buzz at times but I never could figure out exactly what the problem was. My wife comments a lot on how pretty the tone of my banjo is with the Mike's Mute on it. It really does quiet it down a lot and late at night, I almost put myself to sleep playing it. If you want a great sounding mute that really works, get one of these.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/22/2009

Submitter

manfrommars (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike's page here

Overall Comments


Just smokes the other mutes I've tried. Easy on, easy off, but stays put when attached. Good reduction of volume. Doesn't mess up bridge. Good product!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/9/2009

Submitter

skydiver_99654 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohangout

Overall Comments


I ordered Mike's Mute on 4/4/2009. i had the mute in my possession and on my banjo in 3 days...and I live in Alaska ! I was very pleased with how fast the mute made it this far North. I was also very pleased with how easy the mute was to install on my banjo. It took just a couple of seconds. The mute worked as advertised. It cut the noise level down by at least half. I call it "noise" and not "sound" because I am new to the banjo, and I am just starting the learning curve. My girlfriend already is thankful for the mute as much as I am. I believe that the mute will help me practice on a daily basis without being relegated to the doghouse. Thank you Mike for a superior product.
John Christian
Wasilla, Alaska

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/7/2009

Submitter

Dogface (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


I just ordered and received one of Mike's Mutes. I am a tenor player and occasionally want to play a slow song muted and mutes are, of course, good for practice sessions. Mine fit perfectly on a Grover bridge, was easy to tighten down and muted the tones very nicely. No buzzing or tinny sound. Very well made and comes in a nice draw string bag so that it won't rattle around in the case compartment. Thanks Mike...really nice product.

Dogface

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/2/2009

Submitter

3Finger Gary (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Hangout Classified

Overall Comments


I am very pleased with the quality and effectiveness of the Mike's Mute. It works as advertised making my banjo sound like a quiet acoustic guitar. My wife reports that it is much easier to tune out which increases my practice time and that's the whole point. Thanks Mike Stidd, job well done!

Gary Maupin

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 4/1/2009

Submitter

PacificBanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Great banjo mute!
I was worried about it working okay on a stepped/compensated bridge, but it works..no problems at all.
Makes the banjo sound like an electric guitar, with no amp. Great sound level reduction.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/22/2009

Submitter

nula (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On-line (Mike)

Overall Comments


I bought this primarily for the sound reduction, so I could practise more quietly (Vs some people's focus on tone) and it IS stunningly quiet. I've tried other mutes, and so far this is undoubtedly the best. As I said, tone wasn't the main thing for me, but the mute certainly does produce a pleasant tone to boot.

I do have one problem in that I had string buzzing on the 4th string when fretted 1-4. Not sure if this is a problem with the bridge or with the mute.

Despite this I still feel so positive toward this product that I would definitely buy a spare.

Overall Rating

5


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/17/2009

Submitter

banjoal79 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike himself - via BHO

Overall Comments


Just received the mute today. It almost makes the banjo sound like a nice mellow guitar or like a Gold Tone Banjola without the sustain. Anyway, my two kids are sound asleep after an hour's worth of playing in the basement so I have to say that it did exactly what I wanted it to do- mute the banjo. But it still has a really nice sound to it. I used tape on the bridge and stuffed a rag in the back but this was a whole lot better. Very fast shipping. Definitely would recommend.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/14/2009

Submitter

johnboyrox (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


Great mute, great price

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/8/2009

Submitter

teamsauce (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

03-07-09

Overall Comments


What an outstanding mute. Quick shipping and a perfect fit for my old Leo! I can't tell you how easy the set up is and what a great reducer for practicing when sitting around the family. Solid construction and really does the trick. Highly recommend, the beauty is you can tell what your playin' and not be disturbing the wife and kids.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 3/2/2009

Submitter

Grum (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike via PayPal/BHO

Overall Comments


After some difficulties with PayPal processing my order I finally received my 'Mike's Mute' and am very pleased with it. Nicely made, little velvet bag to keep it in, easy on/off the banjo, no interference with right hand, sound is definately muted but not too quiet. It sounds like a banjo. It allowed me to hear certain faults in my left hand technique of which I was unaware. Mike's Mute - It's Beaut ... mate!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/16/2009

Submitter

Benjomin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


I've been using Mike's mute for a week now, and it's great. Putting it on and off is a matter of seconds, and it doesn't get in the way of your picking hand. The sound is really quiet, with a nice mellow, guitar-like tone. I've never used other mutes, but with Mike's mute I don't feel I have to try another, it does its job perfectly.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute - Radius
submitted 2/14/2009

Submitter

kcking1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

on line from Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


Having used and enjoyed the straight mute from Mike on my RK-80, I wrote Mike and asked if he would make a radiused mute which I could use on my Hatfield Custom. A few months later, I saw it advertised and this works as well as the first. Excellent workmanship and very quiet without changing the tuning of the banjo. It also comes in a nice bag. Since curvature of the radius may vary a bit, I had to make a slight adjustment - a quick light tap with a hammer is all it took. I've owned every banjo mute; none come close to these either straight or radius. I recommend it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/2/2009

Submitter

bobb62 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On-line (Acoustic Musician)

Overall Comments


Two things about this mute are amazing. First, how much it reduces the volume of the banjo. I play a Deering Sierra that is fairly loud, my wife cannot hear me from the next room with the mute on. Second, how well the banjo retains it's tone with the mute on. I now sound just as bad with the mute on as I do with it off. You can pick at full force and not endanger your marriage (or health).

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/2/2009

Submitter

lemolosolo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Hut online

Overall Comments


Easy to use, fits the bridge like a glove, stays put, sure to be "THE
STANDARD". I own four mutes and Mike's is the best I've used. Thank you.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/31/2009

Submitter

jploch2800 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


Mike's mute came in the mail only a few days after I'd ordered it and it works like a charm. I'm a new player and my wife, although understanding, does not care to hear me play the same thing over and over which is what I need to do to learn. The mute works as advertised and she can not hear me play while in another part of the house.

Thanks Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/8/2009

Submitter

method (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike

Overall Comments


I just received Mike's Mute and am very pleased, as is my wife and 6 month old boy. Mike's Mute is of very high quality. I had never used a mute before and am very impressed. It begs the question of why I'd been stuffy a rag under the strings for so long? Mike was extremely prompt as well. I placed the order on Friday and received it the following Monday.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/7/2009

Submitter

Pensnut (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online

Overall Comments


I have tried the clothes pins on the bridge, stuff between the head and strings, even the dish towel behind the head. I finally broke down and bought a real mute. I got one from Mike Ditchavage right here from BHO and i couldn't be happier. Its like you actually turned down the volume, not the bad "plunk" you get from my other tries. I am very happy with this mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/4/2009

Submitter

casebeag (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike himself

Overall Comments


Here's the bottom line: I practiced yesterday while my two year old was taking a nap, and it still sounded like my banjo. If you love your practice time (and your family) get this thing.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 1/2/2009

Submitter

BenE (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from the maker

Overall Comments


I just started learning Old Time banjo and my family has reached "bum-dit-ty" overload, so a good mute had to be found. Mike Stidd, a BanjoHangout member makes one called "Mike's Mute". His classified ad describes it very accurately.
http://www.banjohangout.org/classifieds/detail.asp?cid=3113
It works really well and is very easy to put on and take off. It sure beats stuffing tissue paper under the strings, comes in a cute little draw-string storage bag and is a quality product.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/19/2008

Submitter

rgire (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike

Overall Comments


Ordered on Tuesday, rec'd on Friday in the mail. Comes in a drawstring pouch. Very simple design of two parts: a flat brass bar that sits on top of the strings at the bridge, and an aluminum L-shaped bracket that slips through the holes in the bridge, and with the help of 2 nylon screws and 2 brass finger tightening nuts (I call them ball nuts as they are shaped like a ball to allow tightening with fingers)., holds the brass bar down tight on the strings. Very easy and simple to put on and take off. Takes about 5 seconds, on or off.

The best, and most surprising, aspect is the tone with the mute on. The loudness is dampened by a factor of 10, but the tonal qualities are still there. Songs sound excellent.

Great job Mike! I will buy another should I lose this one. Worth more than the $34 cost. Highly recommend it. Rich

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 12/13/2008

Submitter

bbeoj (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO / Paypal

Overall Comments


I'm a beginner and the only chance I get to practice is after my kids (6, 8, & 10) are in bed. Before the mute, I'd have an audience within 5 minutes of starting practice :) Now, they don't even hear me. And my wife doesn't cringe anymore when I say I'm going to practice...
Mike's mute does what it says it does. You can check out the sound on my (beginner) recording of Joy To The World here on banjohangout.org

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/23/2008

Submitter

Gary Trusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Excellent, I can actually practice at night with the kids in bed and not have to try "half plucking" the strings to keep the noise down. It changes the sound very little, but cuts the volume in half. I'm very pleased.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/21/2008

Submitter

Trashbanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


Ive never bought a mute before so i dont know how others compare. I can say this mute does everything that Mike and others said it would.Easy to use,looks nice, and works excellent.I would guess it cuts volume by 2/3 but maintains quality tone and stays in tune. Great product and nice handmade storage pouch.Ordered on Monday,on my banjo Wednsday.Non banjo playing wife also loves it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 11/14/2008

Submitter

OSCAR82AA (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Diresct from Mike

Overall Comments


Very good mute, BNL wrote that it is the best and I agree.Banjo gets muted but still has some tone.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/23/2008

Submitter

Dandebanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjohangout

Overall Comments


A great piece of kit and a must for any picker who wants to retain friends and family! So easy to fit and doesn't come off. The jo sounds fine with the mute fitted - loud enough to hear all my mistakes but quiet enough so no one else does! Excellent service too - i ordered online and the mute arrived in the post a few days later and i am in the UK. Great work Mike and thanks.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/17/2008

Submitter

astemsrud (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

bho, Mike Stidd direct

Overall Comments


enough said, If you are looking here, it's time to order up. thanks, Mike!

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/16/2008

Submitter

JeffBell (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Mike

Overall Comments


great banjo mute!! Take it on and off in sceonds.....sounds great!! Mike has designed a great product here...Mike, on behalf of my wife, my son and the dog....I thank you.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 10/1/2008

Submitter

ruby cadilac (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

On Line

Overall Comments


I am very pleased with this product and the service. The mute attaches very easy and once properly set the banjo sounds like an electric guitar unplugged. It is not a muted sound though which is good. My banjo keeps its tone and the notes ring out, nice and clear but just at a greatly reduced volume. Since I am new to the banjo I only know how to pick loud. I have a Goodtime Special Classic Resonator and it is great to be able to practice without bothering anyone in the house. I highly recommend this product. Before I purchased the mute I was banned to another room to practice. Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/15/2008

Submitter

c colborne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct

Overall Comments


i would juswt liketo say how pleased i am with the mute i have purchased from mike stidd
i am a new banjo player of e18 months only, you can emagine how the neighbours reacted while i was practicing each evening and week end
But since fitting MIKE,S MUTE not asingle complaint from them.
i find that my rekording king still has a mellow tone but does sound much quiter,many thanks to mike for producing a simple but very affective mute

Overall Rating

8


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/15/2008

Submitter

c colborne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct

Overall Comments


i would juswt liketo say how pleased i am with the mute i have purchased from mike stidd
i am a new banjo player of e18 months only, you can emagine how the neighbours reacted while i was practicing each evening and week end
But since fitting MIKE,S MUTE not asingle complaint from them.
i find that my rekording king still has a mellow tone but does sound much quiter,many thanks to mike for producing a simple but very affective mute

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/12/2008

Submitter

nyartist (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike

Overall Comments


Very very nice! Hands down the best mute around and I've tried at least three others over the years. Each had issues and problems but this one is just perfect!
So easy to put on and take of and does the job.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 9/4/2008

Submitter

BlackBart44 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike

Overall Comments


This is one incredible mute. It is the best there is including tone and ergnomics!

Finally a mute that fits the bridge quickly, easily and most importantly very securely!

No more vibrating off and the little case included is functional and much appreciated.

Mike, this model could make you a banjo players best friend world wide.

Many thanks from Canada,

Yours in Bluegrass,

Ron.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/18/2008

Submitter

cuz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike (via Banjo Hangout)

Overall Comments


Marriage on the rocks, girlfriend's going to leave you, neighbours hate you, then look no further than Mikes Mute to alleviate the problem. Well made,easy to fit and will not fall off, brilliant for late night practice.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/17/2008

Submitter

wildboar (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

July 2008

Overall Comments


When I ordered this I quickly got a response from Mike confirming my order had been received and that it would ship the next day. This thing is great, not just for practicing when others are around, but because the normal volume of my banjo is very loud and it bothers my ears to practice for long periods of time. The mute is well made, easy to use, and it comes with a little drawstring pouch to keep it in so you don't have metal bouncing around in your banjo case. The mute can reduce the sound of my banjo to something similar to an electric guitar that isn't plugged in. This is the best money I've spent since my first 'How to Play Banjo' book. Now, does anyone want to buy this clothespin and a rubber band I'm not using any more? ;-)

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/13/2008

Submitter

AAMDPicker (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly

Overall Comments


Mike's Mute is great for those of us who live in apartments or condos. It is easy to use, doesn't get in the way, and my banjo still has a nice sound when it is on. Great product, great service.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 7/5/2008

Submitter

scruss (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

rom Mike Stidd via Banjohangout.org

Overall Comments


Slightly easier to fit than the Fielding-Cutler, and sounds a little better when installed. There are some rough edges on the aluminium bracket, though, and the nylon bolts may not survive heavy use.

Overall Rating

7


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/22/2008

Submitter

atiger (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike Stidd at Banjohangout.org

Overall Comments


I have tried several mutes including the Gold Tone and F-C mute. Mike's mute is far and away the best mute I have used in terms of maintaining a tone closest to a banjo and with no buzzing. I agree with everything that was said in the review in this month's Banjo Newsletter. I live in an apartment building in NYC, so a mute is a necessity for playing late at night. Also, Mike Stidd was great to deal with and I received the mute very quickly after I ordered it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/16/2008

Submitter

Blankenburg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directlly

Overall Comments


I received this in two days from time of order and it is fantastic. The mute goes on and off easily and provides a quiet but nice tone to my banjo when in use. I can't imagine any other mute working better.

Dave

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/15/2008

Submitter

Kstevensmd (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Mike Stidd

Overall Comments


This is an excellent banjo mute! I read the review of Mike's Mute in the June 2008 Banjo Newsletter which was very favorable. First of all, it mutes the banjo! I hear a pleasant but soft, quiet sound. It definately would allow one to play in one room without disturbing anyone in the next room. It's certainly worth the $30. A quality article. You can find Mike's Mute in the BHO classifieds.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 6/12/2008

Submitter

manderson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Cabinet / BHO classifieds

Overall Comments


I ordered one of these mutes from Mike after becoming frustrated with my first mute which was hard to get on and off without moving the bridge. The mute was shipped promptly and I received it within a week of my order. I am very pleased with this mute as it quiets the banjo nicely and produces a pleasing tone that actually sounds like my banjo. I live in an condo complex and this mute helps me to avoid disturbing the neighbors with my playing all of the time. Highly recommended if you are looking for a banjo mute.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/16/2008

Submitter

Trent in WA (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Cabinet / BHO classifieds

Overall Comments


After futzing with a Gold Tone banjo mute for a few weeks and wanting to see if there was an easier-to-use, more effective, and better sounding banjo mute out there, I decided this weekend to try one of Mike's Mutes (here on the BHO at http://www.banjohangout.org/classif...asp?cid=3113).

I ordered it on Sunday and received it, via USPS first class the following Wednesday. It's a great product - it's easy to install, easy to remove, and doesn't damage the bridge or change its position (unlike the Gold Tone). Most importantly, it really, really mutes the volume of the banjo to where you can't hear it outside of the room you're in. Comparatively speaking, it mutes it to below the level of a fingerpicked guitar; a normal conversation is louder. Tonally, it's very nice. Whereas the Gold Tone sounds really harsh and buzzy, Mike's makes the banjo sound something like a very quiet harpsichord. I got it to preserve domestic harmony, but I like its sound well enough that I'll probably use it even when nobody's around. Definitely worth the money, and Mike was as fast on shipping it as could be without flying here from Utah to hand-deliver it.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 5/15/2008

Submitter

bosborne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From BHO member mike_cabinet

Overall Comments


I've tried this one, Mike's Mute, the Gold Tone mute and the Fielding-Cutler mute. The F-C mutes the most but its sound is a bit like a harp or a dulcimer. The Gold Tone mute slides onto the bridge, and taking it on and off actually moved my bridge - not good. Mike's Mute mutes well, goes on and off easily, and the resultant sound is nice (a bit like a guitar). It's pretty too. Definitely my first choice.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Fielding-Cutler Banjo Mute
submitted 2/20/2008

Submitter

Mr. Disco (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bud Bennett of BHO

Overall Comments


I have a 0.5-inch bridge on my Iida. I was searching for a way to mute the banjo that would allow me to still enjoy good ringing musical sound while it's muted.
Bud Bennett was great to deal with and the mute was what I was hoping for. He sent great pictures because I was a bit uncertain of how it would work with a shorter bridge. In fact, it was clear from the photos Mr. Bennett took of the mute on a 0.5-inch bridge that the screws would need to be swapped out for shorter screws or I would be in danger of denting or puncturing the head.
I believe the Gold Tone mute would work perfectly on a 5/8-inch or taller bridge but on my short bridge the brass and velcro was always in contact with at least some of the strings and really made the muted banjo sound plunky or dead.
By contrast the Fielding-Cutler mute sounds good and I want to continue to play. It also is more quiet than the Gold Tone on my banjo and that is important to my current situation.
Note that my Fielding-Cutler mute does not have the name on it but Bud Bennett believes it to be a Fielding-Cutler. It certainly looks like one. Also, I modified it with shorter screws so that the screws were not pressing into the head thanks to the short bridge.
A mute is critical to me so I wish I had a straight-line tail piece so that the mute could sit more securely without stressing one or more strings so close to the bridge when I'm trying to not mute it but keep it on. Also, for the price of the mute, Fielding-Cutler should save you a trip to the local hardware store to buy shorter screws if you're using a 0.5-inch bridge. They should include shorter screws.
If it were up to me to improve this mute I'd sell it with shorter and longer screws so that the proper length could be selected with respect to bridge heights. Also, I'm now on a quest to mute the banjo just a bit more but still have it sound as good. Seems like it would be possible to add another piece of metal on top of the mute piece or make the mute weight twice as wide.
I have seen mutes very similar to the Fielding-Cutler except for using nylon screws. -- Not certain if the threading of the metal would allow nicely for metal screws, I took a flyer on these other mutes. The metal on the mute is fairly heavy and I have it fairly tight. Also, I anticipate tightening and loosening the mute quite a bit. It's good the Fielding-Cutler uses metal screws.
All that said, I should end with saying this is by far the best mute I've seen or heard and I cannot imagine there a better mute out there for quiet and good quality sound.

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Fielding-Cutler Banjo Mute
submitted 2/6/2008

Submitter

BanjerJeff (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Fielding-Cutler

Overall Comments


Works really well. You can use is while watching tv with others in the room and no one seems to complain. Well worth the money.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Mike's Banjo Mute
submitted 2/1/2008

Submitter

prossignol (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO Classifieds

Overall Comments


Picked up this sweet little mute as an "aniversary gift" for my wife...These are very similar to the Gold Tone style mutes but cost about HALF as much. These mutes REALLY deaden/dampen the sound, almost end up with a guitar like quality, but very pleasant. Very easy install/remove and even look pretty stylish. I always prefer to hear the banjo "ring", but this excellent mute lets me increase available practice time, play with different sounds, and preserve domestic harmony. Mike was excellent to deal with as well, shipped it really fast. I had my mute in about two days. Recommended!

Overall Rating

9


Mutes Fielding-Cutler Banjo Mute
submitted 11/19/2007

Submitter

banjerbob (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Fielding-Cutler Website

Overall Comments


This mute is wonderful! I am a beginner, but one of the greatest hindrances to my banjo advancement is the limitation on when I can play (because it is such a LOUD instrument).

With the mute in place, the banjo is as quiet as, if not quieter, than my acoustic guitar. I play in the room next to where two of my children sleep, and they can't even hear it!

This is a wonderful investment. Well worth the $30 bucks.

Overall Rating

10


Mutes Fielding-Cutler Banjo Mute
submitted 11/6/2007

Submitter

dogsplus2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.thebanjomute.com

Overall Comments


This banjo mute is extremely easy to fit and remove. The sound with the F-C mute on is very clear with a slight 'ring' to it, and it very effectively mutes the banjo volume.

It doesn't look great, but then it probably isn't meant to, but it's effectiveness is beyond question.

This may just save my marriage!

Overall Rating

9


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