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Where Purchased: BHO Classifieds
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
Where Purchased: Milano's - Phoenix, AZ
I bought the Korg KDM-2 ($59.99 US) because it was suggested that its volume could be heard over my banjo. It's great on that aspect. There are 4 different sound types (my favorite is the cowbell), and a nice visual green/red light that keeps time and doubles as a play/pause button. I also like the tap-in feature that allows you to tap a button to establish your desired beat.
The only problem with it is the headphone jack. It's dodgy when it comes to plugging in earphones and having the sound come through both earphones. You have to adjust it back and forth to get it to work right - you'd think it would just plug in and work. I brought the unit back to the music store and the other unit they had in stock had the same problem.
Despite the earphone jack problem, I'm happy with the unit -- it performs well with a good volume that can be heard over a loud banjo. I recommend it.
Overall Rating: 7
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