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Straps: Lakota Banjo strap

Submitted by Old Novice Emily on 8/11/2013

Where Purchased: Lakota banjo strap web page

Overall Comments

I bought the mahogany "cradle" style 3 inch banjo strap which arrived just days after I submitted a Paypal payment through the website.
It is a beautiful piece of workmanship. The installation instruction video provided on their website is easy to access and to follow.
I am struggling over simply not being able to fit the tail of the strap behind my banjo's tailpiece despite having trimmed the tip of the strap. For the moment I have threaded the strap so it runs over the tailpiece. I fear that the sharp corners of the tailpiece will wear down the strap so I am still working on a solution to this difficulty...
That all having been said, this strap is superb at balancing the banjo and is wonderfully comfortable even against the sensitive skin of my neck. I expect to have more than one banjo in my lifetime but I will never want another strap.

Overall Rating: 9

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by Old Novice Emily on 7/1/2013

Where Purchased: Mike's Web Site (Pay Pal)

Overall Comments

I am a novice player, so nothing sounds good to anyone, and I live in a row house with strict rules about quiet time. But I want to be able to pick up the banjo without having to check the clock. At first I took off my resonator and stuffed in a skein of yarn but I didn't like the sound and there was no easy way to undo this adjustment without ditching the resonator, which I didn't want to do.
I checked the comments and recommendations about mutes at Banjo Hangout and I listened to Bob Evans' video (and others) about Mike's banjo mute on YouTube and decided it would be a good investment.
Mike's web site is easy to navigate and provided a good picture and description of the mute. Once I had purchased it, my mute arrived in a very short time. I found it easy to install (and later remove.)
I agree completely with earlier reviews that describe the degree to which the banjo is quieted, along with the added bonus of a new sweetness to the muted sound of my banjo. It is not only possible now to play my banjo (using appropriate strength) during the middle of the night without violating the noise rules, but it's pleasant to listen to in a whole new gentle way!
I recommend this as a high quality, well-made, cleverly designed product which performs as promised with a flat bridged banjo like mine.

Overall Rating: 10

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