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Where Purchased: mikesbanjomute.com
The mute is easy to put on and take off and stays securely in place regardless of the orientation of the banjo.
The knobs on the mute do stick up enough from the bridge that one's hand could touch them as it curves over the bridge. I only noticed this as a complete beginner trying out hand-arm-wrist positions with no armrest. After attaching an armrest and working on my arm and hand placement to increase stability I do not even get that close to the mute. So I doubt it would interfere with most people's setup and hand positioning, but everybody is a little different so it is worth considering how your hand currently rests.
Now, regarding sound, the mute makes the banjo sound very guitar like to me. I suspect this is similar to what all bridge mounted mutes sound like, but I do not know. It is a pleasant enough sound but a shockingly different one from the standard banjo so I often choose to instead use a hand towel between the head and coordinator rod when I only have to be somewhat quiet. However the mute offers a significantly quieter sound and so is still useful.
Overall Rating: 8
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