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Where Purchased: www.mikesbanjomute.com
It's a banjo mute that works, and it doesn't fall off. Beautifully made, sturdy without damaging any part of your banjo (Well, it's brass, nylon and aluminum, you could probably damage your banjo if you really wanted to). Easily installed and removed, even on my compensated bridge. Leaves the banjo sounding crisp and clear, without string buzz. All banjo mutes take the "banjo out of the banjo" because of the physics involved. The vibrations from the strings are not fully allowed to transfer to the head's membrane because the mute's sheer weight absorbs so much energy (or vibration, which is the same), leaving precious little to make the head move air to make sound. This is a large mass/ small mass contest which the mute wins, leaving the woodwork to do the resonance job, like in a guitar. Your banjo ends up sounding like a crisp but warm western style guitar (well, mine does, anyway) at a pleasant low volume. I can now play my banjo in the next room without disturbing people, this was impossible before I got the mute. I doubt there is a better mute than Mike's out there. If you're not convinced by this review, just read on, but really, there's no need. All the reviews are pretty much the same. We're all in awe of this simple piece of equipment. If you need a banjo mute, just get this one. This could be a marriage saver, you know... The level of personal service from Mike was amazing too. I'm a fan!
Overall Rating: 10
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