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Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by stevenalc on 12/11/2011

Where Purchased: Ordered from website

Overall Comments

I bought based upon the many reviews I saw. I can say that it is very well crafted, works wonderfully, and is one of the few products made where you can still actually talk to the maker...Mike. I have a rather unique situation in that I am a truck driver and a team driver at that. That means that I have a co-driver and we drive the entire US 24/7 27 days out of 30. It means we live on the truck and a banjo is not a quiet instrument. I am relearning after having been away from it for about 25 years. I have respect for my co-driver who I don't wish to expose to the many hours of listening horror that go into learning the banjo. This mute reduces volume to a level that he can't even hear it when I am in the bunk playing and he is driving. Our truck is not that loud so I would say that is an excellent test of its purpose. If you have never used one, it simply has two small legs that slide under your bridge and then you tighten a couple of screws and the brass bar contacts the strings on top of the bridge. I am no physicist but I guess that it prevents the transference of vibration from the bridge to the banjo head. It does not mute the strings like your fingers do when you don't press down to the fret. It leaves the strings to "ring" or sustain. There is no "buzzing". It doesn't change the way the banjo plays or feels and doesn't get in the way of your picking hand. It goes on or off in a few seconds without any trouble and does not threaten any damage to any of your banjo's components. One reviewer mentioned the "plastic" screws but I believe they are nylon and were specifically chosen for their properties in the component rather than a "cost cutting" measure. I think Mike must have shipped it before I hit the send button on the order. He makes a great product, gets it to you as quickly as anyone could, and is a great guy to talk to. I highly recommend. Thanks Mike!!

Overall Rating: 10

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