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Where Purchased: Mike's online store
Received the product yesterday afternoon.
Great product, does exactly what it is supposed to do and more. I am actually impressed by how much it cuts volume without sacrificing too much tone. It will save you marriage, improve your relationship with neighbors and your kids will thank you, etc. Yesterday I was able to practice for a few hours with my wife watching tv 8 ft away from me and my sleeping son in the next room. To give you a ballpark idea, with the mute on, my banjo sounds just a touch louder than an unplugged electric guitar.
Overall Rating: 10
A long long time ago,there was a guy (according to witnesses ) who once turned water into wine... Now that's open for debate; truth? Myth?: I was not there I can not testify...
But I was there Saturday September the 14th 2013 when Second Life Banjo's owner Carl Arcand turned my mid priced generic Chinese banjo into a 1500$+ vintage banjo with an amazing set up, a new tailpiece and a new bridge. A true miracle.
I have to admit I am not a great banjoist (yet!) but I did study in sound engineering, I have worked in recording studios for a few years and I have been playing guitar for 25 years: Trust me I know good sound.
My "Second Life Banjo's modified Chinese banjo" sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. It now has balanced, rich, deep tones... It gained a third dimension!!! Plus (and I say " plus" because volume and tone are 2 different beasts altogether and I haven't actually measured it with a SPL meter) the perceived volume seems to be a good 20-25db more...
If you are within driving distance and you need a set up, an upgrade or a mod, don't hesitate, Carl is in the business for the right reasons; he loves banjos and he loves well done work. He won't let you out the door until your banjo sounds its absolute best.
He also builds and restores banjos... Hum...I know where I'm buying my next banjo!!!
Overall Rating: 10
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