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Banjo Bridge Mutes

Politzer, David (2015) Banjo Bridge Mutes. , Pasadena, CA. (Unpublished)

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Adding extra weight to the bridge of a banjo (or violin) is a common strategy for muting the sound. The result is, indeed, a quieter instrument, but this method of muting also increases sustain and yields a more mellow tone. Some examples and measurements with a variable-mass mute are presented. Two very simple models of pieces of the physics offer some understanding of the prominent features --- at least, on average. However, the details of loudness and sustain prove to be complex and subtle, both in terms of physics and perception.

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Deposited By: H. Politzer
Deposited On:11 Mar 2015 19:10
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