I received my mute from Mike and tested it out on a Deering Deluxe and an old S. S. Stewart banjo. The mute works great on both of them. I'll give you a few details but the end result is a totally positive review of this mute.
I had tried a Gold Tone Ultimate banjo mute that worked really well at a repair shop. I almost got it instead of Mike's. I suspect that if you tilt your banjo the mute could fall of. I also bought the Gold Tone P-180 years ago and never got it to stay on the bridge. Plus it weighs a lot. I might as well get rid of this mute as I never use it. Let me know if you want it. A little epoxy and it should never fall off your bridge..
I am happy I got Mike's mute. It fits my banjos, doesn't fall off. My Deering, which is a killer banjo is pretty docile with the mute on. I mostly play clawhammer style and the mute doesn't interfere with my right hand. You will probably need to retune your banjo when installing or removing the mute. But you may also have to retune your banjo if someone looks at it from across the street. You are adding something to your bridge so it will have a slight effect. I find it negligible.
There are many things in life you can go wrong with, but Mike's Banjo Mute isn't one of them. Enjoy your playing. Well mostly true. My wife likes the banjo so when I put the mute on she can't hear it and complains. So I guess it depends on who you live with.
It won't work if your bridge is compensated or curved. Has to be one straight line. Then it is great.
My mistake, I read radius in my mind when you clearly stated compensated. deleted the incorrect info I posted.
Edited by - cwatt22 on 09/26/2020 19:11:21
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