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Where Purchased: MikesBanjoMute.com
I'm a beginner player only a few months in and still make lots of mistakes. Those mistakes don't sound very good so I need lots of practice. With kids in the house and busy schedules, most of my practice has to come at night and I can't be too loud. I've tried bare finger picking, towel in the back, clothes pins, various things shoved under the strings, and never felt I was still having the same practice experience that I needed because the sound, tone, or feel just wasn't the same as it should be.
Now with Mike's Mute, all I can say is WOW! Using Mike's Mute, I can use my picks, hit the strings with force, and still not be heard in the next room over but the banjo sound is still there. It is a different sound... more similar to an acoustic guitar in loudness but still unmistakeable as a banjo. I even used my tuner to test the strings after I put the mute on and they were slightly off, but heck, they might have been off before I put it on; they were very very close. The 5th string seems a bit twangier than normal, but I can get used to it. Over all, the sound is great and I can really practice the way I need to practice. Wish I had found it sooner!
Overall Rating: 10
'Beat up Deering Basic' 20 min