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Mike's Banjo Mute: 5-string Standard Model

Submitted by jlaird44 on 2/4/2014

Where Purchased: Mike's Website

Overall Comments

Ordered Saturday- arrived Tuesday: Now that is service with a smile- Mine!. This is actually my second mute from Mike. I was so happy with my first mute, I got a second for my Mastertone. As far as the sound reduction goes: at one foot my Mastertone is 96Db- The mute takes it down to 80db (radioshack sound level meter). That is a 16 db reduction- like wearing ear plugs. Plus it gives it a soothing sound and longer sustain. Now, if Mike can make one that deadens my missed notes!!

Overall Rating: 10

Mutes: Mike's Banjo Mute

Submitted by jlaird44 on 7/4/2013

Where Purchased: Mike's Website

Overall Comments

First of all, all of the other comments about fast shipping, more sustain and how well the mute is made all apply here. I'll try to add something that may benefit others that are in my situation. My wife will put in earplugs everytime I pick up the Banjo. So.. for me, most important was to find a mute that would quiet the banjo.. to an almost non-existent level. So I did a totally "unscientific" test of Mike's Mute for this review. Using a Radio Shack sound level meter, my Deering Goodtime 2 is 91db at 1ft distance. With the mute on it is 69db at 1ft. That is a 22db reduction in loudness. As it happens, the Fender earplugs my wife uses when I "play" have a noise reduction of -22db... Needless to say, she is a happy camper. Her days of plugging her ears are gone! The mute does make the banjo ring more, and the sustain is longer...now if it could only make me play better! Best $35 bucks I ever spent. Thanks Mike.

Overall Rating: 10

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