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Capos: The Ultimate Banjo Capo

Submitted by Mailman Ron on 5/23/2014

Where Purchased: Elderly Music

Overall Comments

I have been using this capo for 3 years now and works like new. Just started storing it above the nut for easy access. You can capo anywhere on the neck and always a clean, full sound. I called Dave when the leather and tube materials were getting worn and he mailed me a few replacements free of charge. Great product, great price, great service!

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Banjo mute

Submitted by Mailman Ron on 1/31/2013

Where Purchased: from Mike's web site

Overall Comments

Great mute! Same volume as an unplugged solid body electric guitar. The tone of the banjo (rb 250) sounds dobro-like, very sweet. I use a Hatfield bridge which is compensated in two places, the mute slides on easily and quickly. Any bridge with the standard double cut-out will fit, call Mike for odd shaped bridges. Shipping is fast, ordered on Friday got it on Monday. Not bad from Utah to Ohio (thanks USPS).
Great aid in practice, all extraneous sounds you make (pick noise, pick striking head...) are the loudest sounds produced. I quickly eliminated my thumb pick hitting the head when it wasn't drowned out by the banjo sounds.
Highly recomended, you can watch tv, talk...while running monotonous rolls and scales. Easy on and off, won't come off unless you remove it.

Overall Rating: 10

Bridges: Arthur Hatfield Compensated bridge

Submitted by Mailman Ron on 8/16/2012

Where Purchased: from Arthur

Overall Comments

Arthur makes a fantastic bridge. Most compensated bridges are too heavy and thick by nature of their offsets. Mr. Hatfield's bridge is slimmer than the Grover it replaced, eliminated all the up-the-neck intonation issues, and gave my rb-250 new snap, crackle and pop. He charges $20, dirt cheap for a hand crafted bridge. No need to read any more reviews, call Arthur and enjoy the results!

Overall Rating: 10

Arthur Hatfield

Submitted by Mailman Ron on 8/15/2012

Overall Comments

I made the trip to Mr. Hatfield's shop this week from Akron, Ohio. I have a 2000 Gibson RB 250 that I wanted him to check out. The tone ring was too tight and had to be pried off. Arthur turned the rim until the fit was perfect. He then carfully shaved the rim where it fit to the neck until the whole contact surface of the neck fit the rim/ring seamlessly. He even stained the wood where he shaved it to match the neck, even though you only see it when you take it apart. After a masterful set-up job with new strings, he replaced my plastic 5th string nut with a bone one he fashioned before my eyes. The banjo came alive like never before. I tried one of his hand carved bridges and the sound jumped out even more!
When I walked in the door, Arthur dropped what he was doing and spent the next 3 hours on my banjo. I have never experienced such attention from anyone in the business, let alone from a world-class craftsman. While I was there, a young clawhammer master and his father stopped in for a visit from 100 miles away. Tyler May gave me a few tips and we all had such a great time hanging out I hated to go.
Arthur is the best and his services are more than reasonable. All the work he did, including the bridge was about the price of my lodging for the night. I can't praise him enough and he made me feel like an old friend!!!
Ron Good

Overall Rating: 10

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