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Banjo mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by Bridgebuster on 6/3/2020

Where Purchased: Directly from Mike

Overall Comments

I've tried previously 3 different mutes, which all reside in my garbage can.  Too hard to put on, won't stay on, don't mute sufficiently or produce a muddy sound.  I figured I'd try one of Mikes and boy, am I pleased.  It solves all of the above problems and then some.   Goes on really easily and stays securely until you take it off.
I have a custom archtop (which are loud to begin with a tone ring by Bill Blaylock of Marietta GA cast during the early 70s that makes it ring like a bell.  Later, I took it to Kyle K. Smith who did incredible setups and we agreed that I should get a Tony Pass Thin-Skirt block rim from his "old wood".  When Kyle finished his magic, it became a 5-string cannon.  What amazing tone!!
So loud that I practiced in a closed up room and neighbors 2 houses down said it sounded like I was on their porch.   Hence, I tried to muffle it a bit.  Fast forward to the 3 failed attempts mentioned above and I decided to get one of Mike's.  WOW!!  Finally a product that does exactly as it says.  It really does cut my volume, but that's not the most amazing part.  It retains the exact tone my banjo produces.  It just rings like a small bell now.  Can't believe it can retain my tone, unaltered.   Now, it just stays on my archtop so I can practice.  If I need to take the banjo out somewhere, it's really easy to take the mute off with no effect on the tuning or tone and easy to put back on when I return home.   Definitely a must-have for pickers of all levels of proficiency.  Good job Mike!!

Overall Rating: 10

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