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Where Purchased: mikesbanjomute.com
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
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