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Oct 5, 2021 - 10:17:50 AM
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432 posts since 5/30/2016

Here is another relatively inexpensive (under $40.00) Christmas gift idea. Mikes Mute. I live in an apartment in Central Arkansas and work at night and most of the time like to come home and practice banjo. But that is difficult to do coming home from work at midnight. My wife and son are both asleep as well as the neighbors. But I bought a Mikes mute and I can tell you that I love this product. It makes my banjo sound about as loud as an acoustic guitar being strummed with my bare thumb. Easy to put on and takeoff without risk of moving my bridge. Anytime I find a product that truly helps me I like to pass the information along. I believe Mike is a member here on the banjo hang out himself so you should be able to contact him here. The phone number on his website is 801-400-2436. Give it a try.

Oct 5, 2021 - 10:48:53 AM
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1078 posts since 11/26/2012

I do like Mike's mute. I know some say "let the banjo ring,", but that's not practical for everyone.

Oct 14, 2021 - 7:34:41 AM

2 posts since 3/29/2020

I just bought a Mike's Mute and am truly floored by how well it works and what a nice sound it gives my Deering open-back banjo. I was puzzled at first how to put it on, but a quick YouTube video sorted that out very quickly. It really is an ingenious design and implementation. On trying it, I promptly ordered a second one to have handy for one of my other banjos :-)

I previously tried a slide-on Deering banjo mute, which 1) did not mute nearly as well, 2) did not produce the clear tone of Mike's Mute and 3) I was told that the Deering mute actually created a highly irritating/distracting buzz through hearing aids (which I was unaware of to the naked ear).

IMHO invest your money wisely and just go w Mike's Mute.

Oct 14, 2021 - 9:12:02 AM
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998 posts since 11/26/2004

I thank you all for the kind endorsements.


Oct 14, 2021 - 9:44:27 PM

491 posts since 10/18/2020

Love the Mikes mute have been using one for a while now and when I am doodling on my banjos no one cringes and tells me to stop

Oct 15, 2021 - 4:14:45 PM

887 posts since 10/4/2018

Do they make a Mike's Mute to fit a Steve Davis compensated bridge?

Oct 15, 2021 - 5:38:16 PM

491 posts since 10/18/2020

Originally posted by Good Buddy

Do they make a Mike's Mute to fit a Steve Davis compensated bridge?

no it will not fit a curved bridge don't know if he has come up with something for curved or compensated bridges yet or not

Oct 16, 2021 - 5:38:06 AM
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2 posts since 3/29/2020

FYI Good Buddy and Don Smith1959 -- looking at Mike's web site at , it sounds like he has a mute type that DOES work w compensated bridges.
Though I imagine mike cabinet could probably give you a more definitive answer about a Steve Davis compensated bridge?

Edited by - FurballMagnet on 10/16/2021 05:48:11

Oct 16, 2021 - 12:32:20 PM
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998 posts since 11/26/2004

Mike's Mute will fit compensated bridges. I have an Arthur Hatfield compensated on my banjo right now to test my mutes.

As far as the Steve Davis compensated bridge, the mute will likely not fit because of the shape of the cut outs. Bridges that are not similar to a "Grover" type bridge are kind of hit and miss.

Oct 16, 2021 - 9:10:27 PM

491 posts since 10/18/2020

mike_cabinet and FurballMagnet I did not realize it worked on compensated bridges apologize for miss directing Good Buddy

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