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Where Purchased: from Mike
Just got this mute and I've been very pleased. I use a compensated bridge on both my banjos, and this mute easily attaches to the bridges I use (a Sampson compensated bridge and a Grover). I believe this would also work well with a Moon bridge (which I also own, but do not currently have installed on a banjo, though it seems to fit and tighten to the bridge, itself). I think, as a rule, this mute should fit any bridge with open areas under the portion where the strings rest. The open areas just need to be large enough to allow the small arms to pass beneath. I don't believe it would work with bridges with small open areas or too much wood between the string rest and the openings (for example, I don't see much chance of the mute working with the Sampson violin-style banjo bridge). That being said, however, i think there are many more bridges that will accommodate Mike's mute than will not.
The tone quality with the mute attached is very good with no buzz. Volume is about the same as an acoustic guitar, and a decent amount of sustain remains. This mute makes for much less objectionable practice, especially when the wife is trying to read! This was definitely a great purchase--effective, well-made, and easy to use. Very satisfied with this wonderful product.
Overall Rating: 10
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