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Just received my mute from Mike. Wow, very nicely made. Excellent build quality. Really impressive. It comes in a little velvet bag. Its just nice to hold it in your hand, and look at it!
I put the mute on my White Mountain Sholo short scale with NylGut strings. One caveat - it will not work with my beloved 100 year old barn wood spillway bridge. Look at the "how to use" section on Mike's website, and when you see how it goes on, you'll understand why. Not Mike's fault, more about the bridge design.
So I quickly swapped over to the Grover bridge that originally came with the banjo. Easy enough. Easy installation of the mute. Very nice.
Nice tone. Sounds like a different instrument. Very soft, guitar like. Much quieter, but no in an unpleasant way.
If you play with your hand near the bridge, you will bump into it. No surprise there. I should probably fix my frailing and two-finger technique.
I would definitely recommend this mute. Very nicely made, works as promised, and was shipped very quickly.
Overall Rating: 10
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