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The banjo reviews database is here to help educate people before they purchase an instrument. Of course, this is not meant to be a substitute for playing the instrument yourself!

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Capos: Bilt-Rite Capo

Submitted by bradhoag1 on 12/15/2011

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Overall Comments

I recently wrote a bad review for the Bilt-Rite Capo and would like to apologize to Bill Adams. I was trying to bend my third string up 2 frets on the second fret to play "Runaround" by J.D. Crowe and the string slipped out from under the capo. Well, that would happen with any capo and there is nothing you can do to prevent it. The song is in G anyway so I don't have to use a capo to play the song. The capo works well in most other circumstances. Bill was nice enough to send me another capo for free (after I had ruined mine) to see if maybe I had received a bad capo. Thanks a lot Bill.

Overall Rating: 8

Capos: Bilt-Rite Capo

Submitted by bradhoag1 on 9/13/2011

Where Purchased: Bill Adams

Overall Comments

The only problem I had with this capo was huge. When I bent the string or did a pull-off the string would slide out from underneath the metal of the capo and I would have to loosen the capo to get it back. Bill Adams told me to tighten the capo. I tightened it so hard I couldn't get it off without a pair of pliers and it still slipped out. I am so dissapointed because otherwise it is a perfect capo. I tried cutting grooves into the metal with a Dremel tool to hold the strings in place but it didn't work. I had to throw the capo away. I hope the Apollo D-tuners work better than the capo because I bought both of them at the same time.

Overall Rating: 1

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by bradhoag1 on 9/1/2010

Where Purchased: online

Overall Comments

I heard about Mike's banjo mute on the internet and contacted Mike because I wanted to know if his banjo mute would work on my c- moon bridge. He assured me that it would work so I ordered it. He asked me to review his mute here on Banjo Hangout when I got it and I told him I would do that. I was impressed by the sturdy quality of the mute and surprised by how quiet his mute made my banjo. I've tried several ways to mute my banjo over the years. Mostly by taking off the resonator and stuffing my banjo with towels and rags while at the same time putting two clothes pins on my bridge. Mike's mute was even quieter than that method and quieter by a big margin. And way quieter than the Wright banjo mute that I use.

But on my c-moon bridge it wasn't as good a fit and not as quiet either. Some of my strings are louder than others and some strings sing because of the way it fits on my C shaped bridge. It is still usable, and I do still use it, but it bugs me a little.

I was concerned about the plastic nut that has the threads on it to bolt it onto the bridge. I hope the threads don't wear out. At least not too fast because the rest of the mute will last a lifetime and it looks like you can't just replace that part. I wonder if they are plastic so they can bend and fit better but I don't know. Maybe I should ask Mike.

Overall Rating: 10

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