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Where Purchased: Direct from Mike
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
'DIY / emergency capo' 38 min