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Where Purchased: Online
I’m not really a banjo player. I used to play guitar, but due to a certain neurological condition I’m not able to use my left hand properly any more, so I did not play music for many years. Then it occurred to me that the banjo, with its fewer strings and open tuning, could help me as a therapeutic device, to regain some strength and control over my numb hand. The only problem was volume. When I’m doing my exercises it often doesn’t sound very musically at all, annoying every living creature around. Initially I tried attaching clothespins to the bridge. It helped a bit, but volume reduction was not nearly enough, and there was always the risk of hitting a pin and dislocating or maybe even damaging the bridge. But then I became aware of this mute, and what an ingenious and well-made little piece of equipment it turned out to be! It is doing exactly what I was hoping for. Volume reduction is substantial, and it still sounds good and inspiring (albeit different of course). Now I can practice e.g. while watching TV without having to crank up the volume of the set, or with my wife being in the same room. And it can safely be installed or removed in an instant. All I can say is that I’m very satisfied and would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to reduce the volume of his/her instrument.
Since I could not find a banjo mute in local music stores here in Vienna/Austria I had to buy online, fearing that I would not get the item within many weeks. But to my surprise, less than one week (!) after placing the order it materialized in my mailbox, packed neatly and safely. I even received a very personal and understanding Email from Mike himself – now what does that say about great service?! And the price is a bargain considering that worldwide shipping is included. There really seems to be something special about small companies that care about their products and customers. Thank you Mike for everything!
Overall Rating: 10
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