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Where Purchased: Online direct from Mike
I have tried two mutes: a generic made-in-China thing called Gold-something (maybe "Golden Gate") and Mike's Banjo Mute. Mike's is by far superior and well worth the cost ($34). The M-i-C mute was this shiny, toothed piece of miniature pig-iron that you somehow had to strap onto your bridge (I used a couple of rubber bands, and it looked pretty Dogpatch-ish). It worked, but just barely, and risked real rattle with the strings. It also made the banjo sound more like a low-volume guitar.
Mike's is a piece of art in comparison; beautifully finished brass with two nylon screws to attach to the bridge. Nylon so that the stresses are less, I guess, and less chance of scratching. Works very well - lower profile than the pig-iron, so your picking hand has a more natural orientation. No rattle, and easily installed or removed. Reduces the volume, probably, by 50% or so, and it still sounds pretty much like a banjo.
Overall Rating: 8
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