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Deering: John Hartford

Submitted by Garyflksngr on 4/24/2017

Where Purchased: Lance Robinson

Year Purchased: 2017
Price Paid: Don't Remember (bought USED) historic exchange rates / currency converter

Sound

Great tone, easy to play

Sound Rating: 10

Setup

Just made few bridge placement adjustments to tune the octave and it was ready to play.

Setup Rating: 10

Appearance

Beautiful maple dark stain which I really like. Neck is warm curly male and the inlay is fantastic.

Appearance Rating: 10

Reliability

Reliability Rating: 10

Customer Service

Dna

Customer Service: not rated

Components

All great.

Components Rating: not rated

Overall Comments

Lance was great to work with. No one should have any hesitations about buying something from him.

Overall Rating: 10

Banjo mute: Mike's Mute

Submitted by Garyflksngr on 4/13/2012

Where Purchased: On line

Overall Comments

I purchased a Mike's Mute for a slightly different reason. It works great as a mute, but I don't worry about offending people with the sound, I figure its just one of those stigmas we carry as banjo players. I added the banjo to my folk act back in the mid sixties, inspired by my banjo hero, John Hartford. His original recording of Gentle on My Mind had such an interesting quality, almost as if he were playing a 5 string dobro, that I sat about trying to replicate that sound. A friend of mine, Don Teeter, one of the greatest guitar repairman in the the world (at that time he was one of two people in the whole country who could be reimbursed by Martin for warranty repairs) suggested that I try a heavy wieght clip on banjo mute. It was like a small lead cylinder that clipped onto the bridge. It provided exactly the sound I was looking for and I used it until my banjo disappeared sometime in the early seventies. I think I gave it to my brother before he went overseas, but don't remember exactly. I picked up another banjo again about fifteen years ago, but didn't start performing again until 2006 after a motorcycle wreck took off my right leg and almost ended my life. I started looking for a mute like I had had before, but could not find one anywhere. I tried several different syles, but nothing gave me that sound, I even tried a clip on violin mute, not even close. Then I heard Mike's Mute on his demonstration video and found my long lost sound. I ordered it on Tuesday morning, and got it on Thursday. Talk about great service!! It sounded just as it did on the video, and I will be using it tonight on a gig I have at a local coffee house. I can't brag on this mute enough. Best mute I've ever had. Easy to put on, great tone, quiet. Everything you want in a mute, plus a really awesome sound. Give it a try, you won't be disappointed

Overall Rating: 10

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