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Bridges: Doc's Cathedral Bridge

Submitted by Starter on 12/31/2013

Where Purchased: via Doc's website

Overall Comments

The previous reviewer gives a lot of the technicalities.  I just wanted to add that my new bridge significantly improves the tone of my Wildwood Troubadour; it gives the sound some warmth and richness, almost like adding layers to the tone.  I wish I could describe it better.

Doc seems to be able to tailor each bridge to your style of playing and your hoped for improvement in sound.  Aside from more mellow tone I asked for a little more string spacing to help me with my plucking and pulling off.

So, a great value and a huge success.  I'm very pleased.

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by Starter on 3/12/2011

Where Purchased: from Mike's website

Overall Comments

Just got my capo today and am very happy with it. It's very nicely made, and delivery from the maker was fast.

It actually changes the tone on our banjo more than you might think, and much more dramatically than the video on Mike's website suggested to me (maybe because I don't play a resonator). Someone on the forum somewhere said the sound was a lot like a dojo, though I've never played one. The mute certainly makes the banjo sound sweeter and less percussive than it would normally do.

I also have a Gold Tone mute which is less effective in damping sound, but preserves the banjo tone better; if I stick a dishtowel in the back the sound is about the same volume as with Mike's mute (the dishtowel doesn't seem to affect Mike's mute nearly as much, though it does take it down a notch further).

I'm actually happy having all three methods of muting. Mike' mute allows a nice change in tone, and I am no longer as interested in getting a dojo for latenight practice, since I think the locals will be able to tolerate a banjo muted with Mike's mute even if they can hear it in the background. Though I haven't tested that theory yet, and may end up back in the kitchen after all.

Overall Rating: 10

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