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Mike's Banjo Mute: 5-string Standard Model

Submitted by Tron on 2/20/2014

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

Mike's Banjo Mute will make you a better player.  Not many folks will read far into the review so I had to start with the whole story.  I'm not kidding here. I love a loud banjo but guess what? Nobody else in my house does. Years of hearing, "Quiet!"  "Shush!" "That's too loud!" really puts a damper on your ability to practice.  I've had this mute for 2 days now.  I've practiced more in the last couple of days then I have in the last month. What makes you a better banjo player? Practice! and that's what I can now do without hearing the complaints. This mute gives a soft sweet sound to your banjo. It lets you hear what you're playing without getting in dutch with the wife. Thank you so much Mike! 100% recommend to buy.

Overall Rating: 10

Straps: The Mule

Submitted by Tron on 3/26/2012

Where Purchased: The Acoustic Musician, Website

Overall Comments

The best banjo strap I have ever owned. The Mule strap made by David Nay has a inside liner of mule hide that doesn't let your strap slide. It keeps your banjo where you want it. And I think it actually makes my banjo sound better. Hehehe. Here is the link where I bought it -

Overall Rating: 10

Backyard Music: Fireside (Assembled)

Submitted by Tron on 3/26/2012

Where Purchased:

Year Purchased: 2011
Price Paid: 135 ($US)


This little banjo has a light sound but I find it to be very nice. It's not like a regular banjo but more like a front porch mountain sound. If you want to relax with out a big banjo sound blaring everyone out of the living room, this little banjo gives you a soft enjoyable experience.

Sound Rating: 9


The set up was fine. This is a basic banjo so don't expect a professional grade banjo. The fret edges were a little sharp and I got my dremmel out and softened them up a bit.

Setup Rating: 6


It is a nice looking basic banjo. The up side is you can finish it out any way you want it. In fact you can even paint it. Check their website to see some nice designs. I just put a little oil on it to keep the wood treated but I didn't put anything else on it. I think it's fine just like that.

Appearance Rating: 8


I bought this little banjo because I was traveling up to North Dakota a lot to work on the oil boom that's going on up there. I've taken it on probably 10 flights and knocked it around a lot. This little banjo can take a beating and keep on ticking. Plus you don't really care if it gets a ding because it is a front porch banjo. It kept me playing in places I would have never taken my better banjos. It is small and light enough to easily travel with it.

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Backyard music was very good. There was actually a slight problem with the delivery of my order, they remedied it with a quick fix and included a free banjo strap as well.

Customer Service: 10


It's just a very basic banjo. Many people have concerns about the round pot being made of a fiber board. It is actually very strong and can take a beating.

Components Rating: 9

Overall Comments

To be honest, I have much more expensive banjos and I find myself picking this little banjo up more often to practice and play. It has a very enjoyable mellow sound. You won't be taking this thing to a jam but for sitting out on the front porch and simply enjoying yourself, this little banjo is a gem. I was looking for a travel banjo and was shocked at the tranjo travel banjo prices. This banjo is a very good travel banjo and actually I think it sounds better than the tranjo.

Overall Rating: 10

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