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Where Purchased: Directly from Mike
I received the mute a couple of days ago and I must tell you that it exceeds my expectations. I can now frail and flail in the late hours of the evening without worrying about bothering the rest of the family. I am very pleased with the easy on - easy off function of the mute. Mutes I've tried in the past either failed to stay attached to the bridge or took three hands and 12 fingers to install. One thing I noticed....on my banjo...probably due to the depth of the notches on my bridge and the fact that I use light gauge strings.....the 1st and 5th strings seemed to be a bit louder than the other strings. It appeared that the brass piece did not make contact with the 1st and 5th strings and it did with the 2nd - 4th strings. All the strings were muted however the 1st and 5th just seemed to ring a bit more than the others......so I cut two small pieces of decorative tape and applied them to the bottom of the brass part to cushion the 1st and 5th strings just a bit..... and voilà! PERFECT!
All that said, here is the ringing endorsement.....I am so pleased with the mute that I am going to ordered another one as a gift to a friend and fellow banjo player.
Overall Rating: 10
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