Bridges Reviews

Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 11/8/2014

Submitter

Kermitthehermit (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct

Overall Comments


An "enigma" wood/ebony bridge was purchased for a new banjitar that came with a poorly shaped model that made proper intonation impossible.  Now the intonation is spot-on, note separation has improved and the instrument is louder.  The cost including shipping was $40.  Given the obvious improvement in tone and volume, I don't think this upgrade was expensive at all.  Bart's communication was also excellent.  Highly recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Steve Davis compensated bridge
submitted 11/4/2014

Submitter

Ed Brown (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Steve Davis

Overall Comments


Excellent bridges. I had Steve make two compensated bridges and installed them on a Gibson Granada, and a Gibson R.B.-250.Both banjo's sounded fine before with the S.S. bridges that were on them, but it seems that the two banjo's came into their full potential after installing the Davis compensated bridges.More volume and truer intonation all the way up the neck.Well made by a true Down East craftsman. Great product.

                                                         Ed Brown

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Clawhammer Bridge
submitted 10/11/2014

Submitter

Kev1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Bart

Overall Comments


I was looking for a high quality bridge for my new Pisgah Possum banjo. It already had a really good bridge that I liked a lot but I had been reading great things about Bart Veerman's bridges for a while and decided to try one.

I ordered a mystery wood bridge, no topping, 46 mm string spacing, 5/8 height. It cost 25$. All I can say is that I do not regret it ! It's (by far !) the best bridge I have ever tried, and I have bought bridges from very famous and very talented banjo builders ! Honestly, none makes my banjos sound as good as Bart's bridge does.

I eventually put the one I received on my Ramsey banjo but I'm definitely going to buy another one really soon for my Pisgah banjo.

I've tried it on both banjos (both have natural skin  heads by John Balch and already had great bridges), in both cases, the banjo came alive, more volume, more punch/pop, crisper, a little sustain than before, which I love.

Bart has been really helpful, he's the nicest guy and he sent the bridge extremely fast. I couldn't be happier. 

If you're considering one of Bart's bridges, get one (or 6 if you have 6 banjos), for this quality I still can't believe it only cost me 25$ !

Thank you Bart for the quality of your work.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 10/7/2014

Submitter

5stringsmrazek (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart's website

Overall Comments


This is the second of two great bridges I've ordered from Bart:

I chose the Dark Star on Mr. Veerman's advice for my 2011 Huber Berkshire. First off, I love the Huber bridge and the stock sound. This maple-maple banjo peels paint off walls! But there's some material I'm working on that I'd prefer with a slightly rounder tone. Until the day comes when I can welcome a high end mahogany to my collection, this bridge experiment seemed like a pretty good solution.

The Dark Star does just what I'd hoped it would. It seems to retain a great deal of the instruments projection but creates a more complex sound. (more overtones?) It's rounder, a bit woody and as I described to Bart, 'mahonganized'.

The bridge cost me under $30. Shipping was a flat, affordable rate. The bridge is expertly crafted, visually attractive and precisely made to customer specs. As well, Bart is fully confident in his workmanship, and goes to great lengths to ensure customer satisfaction. He was great to talk to on the phone and helped to come up with a very good bridge for my needs.

An easy recommendation if you're looking to try a new bridge or two!

 

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 10/7/2014

Submitter

5stringsmrazek (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart's website

Overall Comments


This is the first of two great bridges I've ordered from Bart:

I chose the Teak/Ebony capped bridge on Mr. Veerman's advice for my Alabama ALB40. This is an entry level, China-made model that is to some extent, modeled after the Granada design. It is mahogany, has a tone ring, single rod, and for the price, decent workmanship & hardware. My main goal was to keep its tone--which after I did some basic adjustments, sounds very good and even through the entire range--but try to squeeze a bit more volume out of it. I'm currently playing the head just above a G#.

The original bridge is maple/ebony but is definitely open to some improvement. Instead of going with the same woods, I wanted to try the Teak. It's too soon to describe the difference well but i can say that Bart's Teak/Ebony bridge did add more projection and a bit more clang (that's the scientific term, I believe) in the midrange. I also elected to try the wider (Crowe) spacing, which so far feels great.

The bridge cost me around $25. Shipping was a flat, affordable rate. The bridge is expertly crafted, visually attractive and precisely made to customer specs. As well, Bart is fully confident in his workmanship, and goes to great lengths to ensure customer satisfaction. He was great to talk to on the phone and helped to come up with a very good bridge for my needs.

An easy recommendation if you're looking to try a new bridge or two!

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Stringbean45(Don New) bridges
submitted 10/1/2014

Submitter

john bange (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

bho classifieds

Overall Comments


ordered twice from Don...year apart.  bridges shipped fast...identical size and highest quality...perfect for my nylon strings...I would buy again in a heartbeat.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 9/27/2014

Submitter

CodeSmith (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.purcell-banjo-bridges.com

Overall Comments


I was curious about the sound characteristics of "roasted" maple bridges after reading some of the posts back in August. However, i've been really happy with the setup on my banjos and the bridges on them for the last couple years ( also made by Tim, see my other reviews), I didn't give it further thought for a while. But just happened that in middle of finishing up mail, a few weeks ago I decided to ping Tim about his thoughts about roasted maple and based on his comments, I fired off a order for his roasted red maple bridges. His thoughts, (check out the wood description on his website) about the wood matched with what I look for in tone, good balance and volume, not as sustaining and a darker tone.

 I had these bridges on two of my banjos for a couple of weeks now and I 'm very happy with them. I've found (to my ears), in addition to what Tim described, is that the roasted maple gives more clarity, not brighter but more color or depth of tone. It's subtle but very noticeable improvement over the previous bridge (Purcell piano wood, a very fine bridge as well!)  I found that as others have mentioned, you should allowed the roasted maple bridge to settle in for at least a day or so before making adjustments or judgements. As others reviewers have said, Tim's a great craftsman and stands behinds his product. You can see and hear the difference in his bridges. A great person to work with, highly recommended for any of his bridges.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 9/26/2014

Submitter

Viper (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

: direct from Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


What I ordered: Basic two-footed bridge, 5/8-inch tall, mystery wood, no top, 46-millimeter “clawhammer” string spacing. (Cost: $20, including shipping.)

My banjo specs: Short scale, walnut neck, 12-inch thin maple rim (Keller drum shell), Dobson tone ring, thin goatskin head, Chris Sands heavy strings. (See review here.)

Selection: Bart offers a wide variety of bridge styles with a long list of options to customize each bridge order. You can specify number of legs, height, wood, finish, string spacing, compensation and more.

Price: Bart’s bridges start at $15 and escalate in price depending on the myriad options available for customization. Your base option offers choice of height, wood and string spacing. Shipping is $3 within Canada, $5 to the United States and $7 elsewhere.

Availability: You can order Bart’s bridges directly from his website at banjobridge.com or from respected online retailers Elderly Instruments and Janet Davis Music.

Quality: The Bridge is attractive and sturdy. The craftsmanship appears top-notch.

Ordering: Bart’s order form asks a number of detailed questions about your banjo to ensure the bridge you order best matches your instrument. The ordering process is a bit clunky, as you have to submit the order form and PayPal payment separately. However, Bart’s response time is excellent. He responded the next day, asking additional questions about my banjo to ensure the bridge met my needs. I ordered on a Friday, and the bridge was shipped on the following Monday.

Bart is based in Canada, so mailing time to the United States takes some time due to customs, etc. Bart estimated seven to 12 days. My bridge arrived in seven days.

Service: Throughout it all, Bart was in constant communication, notifying me when he received my order, asking questions and following up to make sure the bridge arrived and met my expectations. His customer service is superb.

The bridge arrived in a padded envelope with a business card and invoice. The bridge was marked on the bottom with a “1” on one foot and a “5” on the other to indicate the proper orientation in relation to the strings. I just slipped the bridge under the strings with my old bridge in place and switched it out for the new one with a quick check on the intonation, and I was ready to play.

Playability and sound notes: My banjo immediately sounded louder and crisper upon installing the Bart Veerman bridge. The tone has more clarity, pop and warmth with a quick note decay. Although I have not played my banjo in a group setting as of this writing, my suspicion is that it will be able to cut through better than it was able to previously.

It took almost no time to adapt to the wider “clawhammer” spacing. The difference is so subtle that I didn’t even think about the additional space at first, but now I’m reveling in the ability to drop thumb more cleanly without catching on the other strings. The slots fit my strings perfectly thanks to Bart’s initial emails about my banjo.

I don’t know what Bart’s method is of matching a bridge to a banjo, but he does a masterful job. Part of the secret has to be in his ordering form, which asks for all the particulars of your banjo. I entered nylon strings on the form, and he followed up about which strings to get the exact gauge.

Comparison: Bridge prices vary widely, from $3.50 mass produced no-name products to $60 boutique handmade bridges. I’ve used cheap Grover bridges and more expensive Moon bridges and some in between. Bart’s bridge prices fall nicely in the median between cheap and boutique options, but he sets himself apart by offering such detailed customization and having a knack for pairing his bridges to the banjo you describe. I’ve never had a bridge that made such an immediate difference. I would not hesitate to order another bridge from Bart or recommend his bridges to other players. His prices are reasonable, and his product and service are exceptional.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 8/31/2014

Submitter

From Greylock to Bean Blossom (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

DC Banjoworks

Overall Comments


I have a Zebra with Katalox bridge from David Cunningham Banjoworks. This summer (2014) I bought a new Hatfield Buck Creek and love the tone of it. I thought it sounded better with a little heavier strings than I was used to. While browsing the Hangout I saw John Boulding setting up a Buck Creek and it sounded great. The bridge on it was the Zebra Katalox. So I got one from David and found I could get the sound I loved with the light gauge strings I was used to. I have some bridges here from some of the best and liked this sound better than the others. It is a full, rich, pretty sound.

The following video shows John Boulding playing Gospelman 97 (Bryan's) Hatfield Buck Creek with the Zebra Katalox bridge. It will show you "the sound", and that is the best statement I can make for this bridge.

http://www.banjohangout.org/myhangout/videos.asp?m=d&catID=0&id=22541

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 8/29/2014

Submitter

JSLONE (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

david Cunningham

Overall Comments


I received an Afro/Kat  bridge from David today that he sent me to try out.

The wood is Afromosia and the top is katalox.I was very surprised when I put it on and tuned up,there was no waiting time for it to break in,sounded great right away! The volume is perfect for me,no over ring any where on the neck.and, all the strings blend perfect.The 4th string has that special growl that everyone seeks,but doesn't  stand out over the sound from the other four strings.Try one of these bridges and you will be very pleased and very surprised !   Jim

Overall Rating

10


Bridges kat eyz bridge by Mike Smith
submitted 8/24/2014

Submitter

cwarr66 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kat Eyz web site

Overall Comments


After quite a lot debate I decided on a Kat Eyz  design with frame of McCormick Spice with a pegged top of Rosewood, standard spacing with a 5/8 height. The reason for the debate is simple check out the site for yourself and you will see that all the choices are really attractive. I've put this on an RK Elite 75 and the results are fantastic. The banjo was pretty good as it was but this bridge just enhances everything good about the banjo. After making the order Mike got in touch quickly just to confirm my order and let me know that he was using the same bridge on his banjo also and that I wouldn't be disappointed. He was right. Highly recommend this bridge.

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Bridges
submitted 8/9/2014

Submitter

Thirsty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I picked up two bridges from Tim yesterday, an Organ & a Birch.  Tim was very gracious & made my wife & I feel right at home.  I again got to hear my banjo played by an accomplished picker.  First he swapped out the popular, well known bridge on my banjo with the Organ bridge.  The difference was remarkable, the banjo was much more open, I couldn't believe the difference.  He then slid the Birch in place, and again a huge difference over the bridge I had in it.  Again, more open and slightly different sound then the Organ bridge.  I really like the improvement both bridges made.  Tim's workmanship is meticulous.   If you haven't slid a Purcell bridge under your strings yet, I recommend you give it a shot.  You won't regret it, especially if you think your banjo can't sound any better........ 'cause it will.  

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sullivan Roasted Factory Floor Bridge
submitted 7/28/2014

Submitter

Hankon5 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

FQM

Overall Comments


Awhile back I asked Eric at Sullivan for a sample of a FF Roasted bridge when it was completed.  I received it a couple of days ago. I waited for it to settle in before I reported my findings.  First of all, I used the Sullivan's Roasted Maple bridge as my base for comparisons.  I like that bridge very much.  Then I removed and replaced both bridges a few times during my picking.  This is to get tonal memories implanted in my dulling brain!  As many of you recall, there were quite a bit of high praises for the Roasted Maple.  Inputs included higher volume and  real clarity up the neck.   Also, a good 4th string.  Well, after playing the heck out of my banjo the last few days and carefully listening to the differences........The new Sullivan Factory Floor bridge is ALL of that plus!  After  almost two days the difference became very apparent.  On my banjo I heard wonderful harmonics (complex)  that really was a joy to hear on the first 3 strings.  The FF bridge had a bit more sustain and less dryer than the Maple Roasted bridge.  The increased chiming is a great sound.  The depth of the good harmonics was not harsh...but audible enough to be a major difference between the two bridges.  It is amazing to me that types of wood and if they were subjected to vibrations in  flooring or a piano can create so many different tonalities. I must have two dozen or more bridges ......each and everyone  seem to act differently on my banjo.  I guess that's why I have so many!  I am always looking for positive changes in the tonality spectrum.  Some are unimpressive ..while others are keepers.   The Sullivan FF Roasted bridge is a keeper.  Not all bridges are THE ONE,  because not all deliver the ENTIRE spectrum of satisfaction!   I have a few wonderful bridges that give me many of the attributes that I look for.  I can use anyone of them and be a happy camper. The new Sullivan Roasted Factory Floor bridge gives my banjo a sound that is fun to hear and enjoy, let alone wanting to play more!

I believe Eric at Sullivan has another solid product to add to the Sullivan name!  I would recommend this bridge to anyone who likes the Roasted sound as mentioned on BHO threads. 

The reason for not having a 10 is that I believe there to many 10's given when the product seems that it beats one's  expectations. I have learned that as products evolve or a new spin is put onto an old product, to many of us, including yours truly are anxious to put down a 10!    A 10 to me is a product that is truly an impact item with the best performance in it's class.  There are many good bridges and giving a "9" to Sullivan's new Roasted Factory Bridge means that it is one of the best bridges for tonality and the criteria usually sought after in a bridge.  Well done Eric...great product!

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Tim Purcell Bridges
submitted 7/16/2014

Submitter

jbanjoist (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.purcell-banjo-bridges.com/

Overall Comments


I rarely give a 10 in a review of anything but Tim's bridges, and especially Tim himself, more than deserves a 10.

I just put one of his Ambrosia Red Maple bridges, 11/16 height with a compensated third strong top, on a maple custom Nechville I have had for a few years and I must say it is an outstanding bridge.

I had one of Tim's piano maple bridges on this banjo and it is also great.

The Ambrosia red maple had a bit more volume and brightness and sounds extremely well balanced over the entire fingerboard and is very responsive.

And the tone is outstanding. Punch and intensity galore! You will not go wrong in ordering a bridge from Tim.

I have been playing over 30 years and can say without a doubt Tim's bridges are the best I have ever played.

Even more importantly to me Tim is a stand up guy. He takes his craft and his customer service seriously and he will do everything he can to make you a banjo bridge you will love.

 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Davis Banjo Bridge
submitted 7/13/2014

Submitter

PJRedWing (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Steve Davis

Overall Comments


I brought a banjo (Recording King RK80) to Steve over a year ago for a setup. Steve adjusted the head tension, changed a few strings to different gauges and installed one of his compensated bridges. What a difference - the  instrument had a lot more power and the intonation was spot on across the neck.

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Purcell Bridge
submitted 7/13/2014

Submitter

PJRedWing (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I contacted Tim in July, 2013 after reading positive reviews on his banjo bridges. I was looking for a bridge that would provide clear note separation without sacrificing too much sustain. Tim suggested the Wurlitzer organ maple bridge, so I took the plunge. I have tried four different (and very good) bridges on this instrument, and this one truly stands out. It provides good not separation with just the right amount (for my taste) of sustain. This bridge most effectively transmits vibration from the strings all over the neck and through the resonator. I've had it on for a year and have no itches to try another.

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Zebra Katalox bridge
submitted 7/12/2014

Submitter

Crusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I needed a bridge to take the resonance rattles (not buzzes) out of my vintage Vega Tubaphone with a Rogers hide head on it and the Zebra/Katalox bridge that David sent fit that bill perfectly.  My banjo notes very clear with a nice amount of ringing now and to me is now the ideal clawhammer banjo.  The bridge is perfectly made and stays put on the head, plus I'm finding that I don't need to retune very often and that's a minor miracle with a hide head.  It's a big improvement over the well regarded brand name maple bridge that I had on it before. Not only did the volume not suffer from the change but my impression is that it increased 5% or so.

Here's a link to an audio sample of the ZK bridge on my Tubaphone.

Here's another link to an audio sample of the ZK bridge on my Tubaphone after easing the head tension and the downforce from the tailpiece.

Overall Rating

8


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 7/1/2014

Submitter

roadkingjimmy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

DC Banjoworks

Overall Comments


Just received a new Zebra wood/Lignum Vitae bridge from David,I spoke with him and he recommended this setup for my Woody.having purchased from him before I knew what fine work he does but I have to say this...WOW! The tone of my banjo is more than I could have ever imagined it has really taken it to a different level and as always David's bridge is a beautiful piece of functional ART!

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Bridges
submitted 6/30/2014

Submitter

MightyMOBanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Tim's website

Overall Comments


I bought one of Tim's bridges about 2 weeks ago.  I bought the Ambrosia Red Maple.  I have to say that the workmanship is the best that I have ever seen.  This is a very high quality bridge which delivers great tone and playability.  I am looking forward to getting some more of his bridges for my other banjos.  Great Work Tim!!!!!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges desert rose birch .656
submitted 6/27/2014

Submitter

twanger70 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

janet davis

Overall Comments


put this bridge on japanese made (late 70's) iida model 235-1. banjo looks exactly like goldstar FE100.

this bridge turned ok banjo into a POWERHOUSE amazing difference.  i don't know why but it really created a huge improvement.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges DONALD NEW SPILLWAY BANJO BRIDGE
submitted 5/30/2014

Submitter

ogrooms (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Don

Overall Comments


Great bridge with very even tone to all strings. Great craftsmanship, and working with Don is great. A powerful bridge that brought out great tone and crisp loud attack to an already great banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 5/5/2014

Submitter

Matthess (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I got one of the Zebra wood/ Ebony bridges. I love this bridge! It looks great and sounds great. It gives a good clean sound. I find it hard to describe sounds in words. The only way to know for sure is to try it out yourself. You won't be disappointed. Also, David Cunningham is a great guy.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 5/5/2014

Submitter

storborg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo Bridges by Bart

Overall Comments


I purchased a 1/2" Bart Veerman (http://banjobridge.com) bridge with a 20" radius for a cheap Davison Banjo-Guitar (banjo body/guitar neck) I received for Christmas. The bridge my banjo-guitar initially came with was really tall, and it had a curved fret board, so I thought I'd try a shorter bridge with a radius curve.  Bart was incredibly helpful, he sent me all the information on how to measure and determine the appropriate radius.  The grooves for the strings were cut exactly to the string size I use, so everything fit like a glove.  

My initial order to Bart was a for a 3/8" flat bridge but it was a hair too short and I got a little buzzing on the fret board on the D and G strings.  That's when I noticed the fret board had a curve, didn't notice until then.  Bart accepted a return and worked with me to get the perfect fit.  I would absolutely recommend Bart and his custom bridges to anybody who is thinking about having one made.  The quality and care he puts into his work is absolutely noticeable.  A true professional.  Thanks Bart!

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 4/27/2014

Submitter

lucas73b (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Bart

Overall Comments


For my 5-string clawhammer banjo I ordered from Bart a 2-legged bridge made from solid mystery wood. The bridge had to be customized to match the radiussed fretboard of the banjo. I am very happy with the bridge Bart made for me: it looks pretty and well made, and it gave the banjo a warmer yet brighter sound with more volume.

Bart is a very friendly and highly professional person to deal with - after I sent him an e-mail he immediately contacted me back to confirm the order and to double check on some of the details. Also, I learned a lot about bridges from Bart's website banjobridge.com.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 4/26/2014

Submitter

bdrop (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from the Artist/Machinist

Overall Comments


Dave Cunningham bridges exceeded my expectations - by a mile.  I was doubtful because  1) I am a beginner and  2) because my hearing is not what is was.  Despite these two handicaps - the impact of Dave's bridges are huge.  No more tinny resonation, far less muddiness (even to my ears) and what service!  Can't say enough.  Now I have to live up to their potential. 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 4/20/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Overall Comments


I bought the three pack.  One of the lighter colored bridges, which I'm guessing is either the pine or the fir, WOW...it turned my modest old Japanese bottlecap into a real tone monster and cannon.  Amazing. 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 4/12/2014

Submitter

johndalf (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I ordered a Zebra Wood Katalox bridge from David. I thought delivery was quite timely, but David felt like he took a day or two too long, so he also sent me a Missouri Maple and Purple Heart. They both sound great and the craftsmanship is outstanding. Given the excellent quality of his work, top-notch customer service and being a really friendly fellow, I strongly recommend him.

David Cunningham
Email: dcmachinist@att.net
Link: http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/39405
Web: http://www.dcbanjoworks.com/

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 4/5/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

DC Banjoworks

Overall Comments


Beautiful looking bridge and well worked, but most importantly is that this bridge sounds great.  I currently have them on an RK-35 and an old Alvarez Montana.  In both cases, good clear articulation, chiming bells at treble, good bass, very sensitive to attack, works well all over the neck.  Coudn't be more satisfied.  Truly a superior product.  Will these bridges be the ones to finally end my addiction to endlessly trying out different bridges?  For now, they have a home.  I'm experimenting on the other banjos just now.

FWIW, Dave seems to be a nice fellow.
 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arthur Hatfield Compensated bridge
submitted 4/5/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo.cm

Overall Comments


Very disappointed.  I tried this out on two different banjos, in both cases the result was a flattened, deadened sound throughout the register.

Not just a little bit, but far inferior to both the Stew-Mac and the Grover Compensated bridges I own, both of which were far less expensive.

Could just be I got a turkey, a bad slice of wood, who knows, but I'm very disappointed in the one I purchased and cannot recommend that anyone else even try these out for size.

Overall Rating

1


Bridges Stew-Mac Compensated Bridge
submitted 4/5/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Stew-Mac

Overall Comments


It is a rare thing in this world that a product is comparable to products sold at 3 or 4 times it's price.  This is one of those rare thngs.

Good articulation, note separation, does help with tuning, excellent on the treble, maybe less so on the bass end, good volume.

 I own better bridges, but I have also paid far more for lesser bridges than these.  Overall, I prefer this bridge to the similar products by either Grover or Hatfield.

I doubt anyone is going to put these on super-high end banjos, but on a beginner or intermediate banjo these are probably a very inexpensive and nice upgrade.  Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Sullivan Old Growth Bridge 5/8"
submitted 4/5/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo. com

Overall Comments


Superior product.  Wonderful sound.  LOVES to be played right up close, getting that sharp Stanley tone.  Barks.  Bites.  Yes. Not cheap, but definitely worth a try.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Select Bridge
submitted 4/5/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


My camping banjo is a Rover RB-25 which has a great neck and is indestructible.  I've always felt the sound was only decent at best, somewhat lacking in complexity and tone.  OK, it's a cheap banjo, and what can you expect.

I tried half a dozen different bridges on this old beater, some better than others, in what I perceived as a quest to tone down and mellow out this rig.

When I tried the Sosebee Select, the exact opposite happened.  I couldn't believe my ears.  It spiced it up, twanged it up, metaled it up, gave it a complexity and a voice that I never imagined this banjo was capable of.  None of the half dozen other bridges I've tried on this banjo, even came close to the dramatic improvement.

Seems strange to recommend such a nice bridge on such a modest banjo, but now I've got a cheap beater rig with a serious authoritative bluegrass voice.  Couldn't be happier.  Different bridges and different banjos all respond and interact differently and what works on one rig might not work on another..but for sure this bridge is staying on this banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 3/25/2014

Submitter

R.D. Lunceford (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

DC BANJOWORKS

Overall Comments


I was recently in the market for a tall bridge for my c1886 George C. Dobson banjo.  Due to the neck angle, a height of 7/8" is preferable.  This put me in the custom bridge market as 3/4" is the maximum "off-the-shelf" height.  My friend well-known luthier John Bowlin had recommended that I get in touch with David Cunningham at DC BANJOWORKS in St. Peters, Missouri.

A U.S. Army veteran, David holds a degree in Fine Art and Manufacturing Technology.  An expert in CAD/CAM/CNC, he was a toolmaker for a firm that made tooling for a Boeing supplier.  David took up the banjo in 2010.

In addition to custom bridges, DCB also performs set-up work, refretting, 5th-string spike installations, custom hardware, and also machined neck heel and flange notch cutting.  In addition, bass bridges are also offered.


I got in contact with David and found him to be very friendly, knowledgeable, and customer service oriented.  He offered much helpful input as to material and design considerations guiding me in the right direction based on my particular banjo and my playing style.   DCB provides bridges in a variety of heights and string spacings.  A wide variety of wood combinations are available.  Just a few of the woods offered are Zebra Wood, Maple, Padauk, Cherry, Rosewood, and Katalox.  After some thought, I decided on Cherry with a Rosewood top.  David indicated that he had Cherry in both Brazilian and American varieties and generously offered to make a bridge from each one for me to try out.

In short order the bridges arrived and I was impressed and pleased with the materials and precision design and workmanship.  I am a traditionalist, and David's three-foot design is classic, well-proportioned, and flawlessly executed.  The wood was beautiful, especially the Rosewood tops.  David marked each bridge with height, material, and weight (2.928 for the American Cherry, and 3.768 for the Brazilian).  Both bridges were impressive as integral elements in the overall acoustic system.  Clarity and perfect intonation were outstanding features of both bridges.  For my particular banjo, I preferred the American Cherry.  It seemed a bit more "live" to me, but just a little more so, and as noted, being an element of the overall sound producing system, the Brazilian may well have been the choice on a different banjo with a different set-up.  I would have been very pleased with either, and my comments are merely based on a comparison between these two outstanding bridges.

To sum it up, I am pleased to have met David and recommend his products without reservation.  In the event I find myself in the market for a bridge in the future, DCB can be assured of my business.

Outstanding product, good value and price, excellent customer service and response time.

Contact David Cunningham at:

www.dcbanjoworks.com      

(636) 579-3775

dcmachinist@att.net

 

 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Bridges
submitted 3/21/2014

Submitter

Marin Maras (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

giveaway/ drawing

Overall Comments


Tim Purcell bridge –Sugar maple (selected hard maple)

I was happy enough to win the Tim 's bridge drawing recently , so thanks to his generosity I had a chance to try one of his ''Selected hard maple'' ( sugar maple ) banjo bridge. Tim is a true gentleman , a man of a word indeed and a very friendly person. Tim's customer service couldn' be better.He gave me some very usefull advices on setup.

This bridge is of Tim's new design in aspect of ''no sag'' feet and it is  a significant improvement.Very elegant in appearence , handcraft is perfectly done . Weight is 2.225 gr. I put it on my Deering Baucom banjo which is by his construction very resonant and dynamic. Now , after a couple of weeks of playing I could say this bridge tottaly complies in characteristics mentioned on Tim's web page. It gives guicker decay ,dry sound and brings more bell like sound on higher registers and very clear notes on all the frets. My 1 st and 2 nd string come sound more alive and a whole volume is very good. In combo with my banjo this sugar maple bridge is perfect for some hard driving bluegrass playing . However , found it suitable for other kinds of banjo playing as well. I already have one of Tim's red mapple bridge which is of other characteristics, very musical, gives sustain, very good for slower and melodic stuff playing imo.

I am very satisfied with both of Tim's bridges and will surely order again from him. I could highly recommend Tim's banjo bridges and his profesional and friendly customer service

Marin Maras

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Fitts bridge
submitted 3/15/2014

Submitter

AldoMarino (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


Ordered from Ebay, a 1/2 Red Maple top bridge.  Thin, with large feet.  I ended up leaving in an old Iida 225, in which it gave a noticeable improvement in tone, especially up the neck.  I'm a satisifed customer.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges European Beech Bridge
submitted 3/14/2014

Submitter

slammer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Virgil Lawson BHO member

Overall Comments


 

I was lucky enough to win the 2014 Camo Frog bridge from Generous Virgil Lawson from Tazewell, Tn.  I recieved it this last week and finally had a chance to try it and thought I'd let ya know what I think. At first glance it is a unique and eye appealing piece of banjo candy finely crafted. Cool looking design and just different than most.  I had hopes that it would take my already great sounding Hatfield to the next level. After trying it on the Hatfield, I'm sorry to say the Hatfield didn't like it. I then tried it on my Gibson RB250 that has a swee mellow tone and can crack, but without much volume. Well, let me tell you........it kept the sweet tone and crack, but took the volume up to where I could never get it before. I had a scorpion bridge on it at the time which I love, but I think the Frog is gonna stay on the RB for now. Really brought out the tone and volume on the treble end, but kept the growl . Very nice.

Now , when Virgil sent me the Frog Bridge , he also generously sent a European Beech bridge that he made and sent me to try. Well, I already had the mindset that my Hatfield Special with the comped Original Snuffy Smith 2 wasn't gonna get any better.  WRONG!!!  To my surprise the Beech bridge changed the character of my Hatfield with more volume and more Growl, which I didn't think was possible.  There is another slight difference in tone that I have no idea how to describe, but I like it. It's subtle , but it's there. I put the Snuffy back on and within 10 minutes put the European Beech back on. The Beech bridge was at 1.9 g , very thin, but stable and might I add looks pretty nice too.

Not only am I a Winner. (I know, heard it before), but a double winner with volume on the RB and a new sound on the Hatfield.  

Thank You so much Virgil and Hope I get to meet you next time I'm in Tazewell. To thank you in person.Thanks again!!!

Slammer!!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 3/13/2014

Submitter

maxclock (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I immediately ordered a zebra/katalox bridge from David, after having such phenomenal improvement to my Juggernaut, with a maple/katalox bridge.

First it is has a very pleasing look to it(if a bridge can be said to have such a look), but most importantly is the improvement in sound.

This one went on my '81 Gold Star GF 100, which really didn't sound too bad, but with the new bridge it just has so much more clarity and improved quality of tone, it is hard to believe.  I've even been asked if I bought a new banjo!

I can say the same things I did about the other Cunningham bridge...clear sound, wonderful tone  and absolute overall improvement to the quality of music(instrument, not picker) coming from my banjo.  Still cannot believe that a little piece of wood can make that much positive difference.

Like before, good guy.......great product.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 3/1/2014

Submitter

bornold (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Don

Overall Comments


I wanted some new bridges for my banjos, so I found out about the dam spillway bridge, so I ordered the combo pack of 3 for $30.  I have to say these bridges produce excellent sound.  Most sellers charge $30 for one bridge, Don will give you 3 that sound just as good for the same price!

Overall Rating

9


Bridges David Cunningham bridge
submitted 2/25/2014

Submitter

maxclock (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I have read with interest, many of the BHO entries about how a new bridge changes that person's banjo dramatically.  I am new to banjo and just figured the bridge, that came on the instrument was good enough. 

I was fortunate enough to get one of David's maple/katalox bridges and replaced the stock bridge on my 1980 OME Juggernaut.  The old bridge, I believe was the original, but am not sure.

After doing some warm up with the old bridge, I replaced it with the new David Cunningham bridge.  I was astounded with the improved sound.  The OME has always had plenty of volume, but the difference in the quality of tone and mostly the clarity of each note was  nothing short of amazing. This was my first venture into changing bridges and I was very skeptical about what the results would be.  I am still stunned that a little hunk of wood, can change the sound of a banjo that much.....all on the positive side.  I am now a believer!!

I have already sent an order for one of his "better" bridges, to install on my early Gold Star.  Good guy.......great product!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith New Generation
submitted 2/24/2014

Submitter

910banjo1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Mike at Kateyz

Overall Comments


Just want to say that Mike Smith is doing a wonderful job with the production of the New Generation Snuffy Smith bridges.  They produce great tone, and are very well made.  I have had at least 5 of them and I have been pleased with all of 'em.  I told him what I wanted in a bridge and he made it happen.  They are every bet as good as the original SS bridges, maybe better.  Give one a try if you have not already!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bullfrog Bridge
submitted 2/24/2014

Submitter

beegee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Virgil Lawson

Overall Comments


I really like being able to review new products. Problem is that there are so many high-quality bridges being made it's hard to differentiate among them. I have used a wide variety of bridges over the years. The first radically different bridge I tried was the Snuffy II. Since then, I have preferred heavier bridges on my banjos. In the past several years, I have used Scorpion, Kat-Eyez, Hatfield, Davis, Emerson, Sullivan,Grover, Purcelland several others. I contributed to the design on Jerry Rabun's Bamboozler and Bigfoot bridges. Recently I have used David Cunningham's Zebrawood/Katalox brides and Zebra/Padauk. It's tough to review a new bridge when I have so many good bridges already and I would hate to jeopardize some good relationships by comparing one to another. Bear in mind that every banjo has a different voice and we all have different preferences in sound. So this is not about which bridge is better, but how different the sound is.

Today, i received a Virgil Lawson New 2014 Design Bullfrog bridge in maple/ebony., 11/16" standard, 2.2 g. This bridge appears to be somewhat less bulky than previous models. It is very attractive bridge, somewhat evocative of the Art Nouveau period, with graceful sweeping arches and a slightly wider stance than other bridges. According to Virgil, he and I are the only ones to have this bridge so far. 

The bridge is very well-made, great craftsmanship and clean. It has an ebony peg below the 3rd string slot and the ebony top is slightly arched to compensate for eventual sag due to to string pressure.

   

I tried the bridge first on my Fender Artist, my banjo of choice lately. The banjo is brighter than a typical Mastertone banjo. I have been using a Cunningham Z/K on it. The Bullfrog was not quite as bright and had less bite than the Z/K. The tone was well-balanced and the banjo was slightly louder with very good note separation. I would say there were fewer overtones and the notes were slightly "punchier."

I then tried it on my 28 Granada 40-hole AT. I have pretty much stopped using the Granada as I have become more fond of the flathead sound in the past few years. The bridge took some of the keenness out of the Granada. The sound had a slightly "rounder" tone and plenty of punch up the neck. My wife, sitting in the dining room on the other end of the house, thought I had moved into the living room, closer to her, because the banjo was louder and "punchier," as I had noticed on the Fender.

I then put the bridge on the RK-75, which is the closest thing I have to a flathead Mastertone right now. I had been running a Scorpion on it and was very satisfied with its almost-tubby Mastertone sound. The Bullfrog added a new dimension to the sound. Cleaner response and better note separation. Really clean noting and power up the neck. I'd say the bridge made the biggest difference on the RK-75 as opposed tot he Gibson and Fender.

Hopefully I will revisit this review when I can get my mike and Audacity set up again when my office remodeling is finished. I hope to be able to make some good sound comparisons using this bridge on all my banjos.

In summary, I like this bridge. I like its looks, the workmanship and the sound. I'd recommend this bridge as a viable member in the lineup of bridges that every picker should have. I'm going to leave this on the RK-75 for a while. 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 2/23/2014

Submitter

gabeeg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


This is the second Mystery Wood Bridge I bought, the first was a solid mystery wood bridge and it is fine for my newer brighter banjo but I needed a bridge for an older Celebrated Benary Open back that I have. This banjo has nylgut strings a skin head and is real "Thunky" in tone. It came with a old two foot Grover bridge that someone hand cut to accept the thicker Nylgut strings. I thought of ordering another solid Mystery Wood direct from Bart but decided on the Ebony topped Mystery Wood hoping it might have a more dynamic tone. Bart was very helpful in helping me get the correct slot sizing for my Nylgut with red 4th string. I end up get a bridge with slightly wider than Crowe spacing in 9/16th height to raise the action of the banjo. The end result was perfect. The action is now perfect, the slots were a perfect match for the Nylguts. The tone is just what I wanted, it took the edge off the "Thunkyness" and even gave a bit of enhanced volume. I am very, very happy with Barts Bridge. Highly recommended, especially if you need some customization. Bart was very helpful.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 1/29/2014

Submitter

jscourt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Tim directly

Overall Comments


I have been playing with Tim's Ambrosia Red Maple bridge for a couple months now.  It is on my Nechville Galaxy Custom job with tunneled 5th string.  To my ear it is the best bridge I have had on the banjo & I have tried several.  It is a single 12" radiused bridge, 5/8" high.  The banjo has the cocobolo wood tone ring with titanium top.  The tone is clear and even from trebles to basses across the strings.  I play melodically and the sustain is just right for me.  I keep the head tight using the 10" ruler/coin method of measurement.  I recommend Tim's bridges.

Jerry Courtney

Rockport, TX

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 1/24/2014

Submitter

SaltyDawg (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I put one of David's Zebra bridges on an Epiphone MB-500 that I have for sale and the thing just came to life!  I had no idea a bridge could do so much for a banjo.  The tone and volume improved dramatically and if my ears don't deceive me even the clarity and note separation have improved.  David is an incredible guy to deal with and even sent a video of the bridge being made when I asked if he could snap a picture.  I will now be even more hard pressed to let the Epiphone go.  I would strongly recommend one of these zebra bridges to anyone looking to get a little something more from their banjo.  

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Hatfield Compensated Bridge
submitted 1/23/2014

Submitter

buckholler (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Hatfield Banjos

Overall Comments


I read many good things about Author Hatfield bridges, so I got one for a new banjo I was having custom made.  The banjo sounded a bit thin on tone and didn't have good bass response, so I figured it was that it was new and needed to settle in.  I've used the bridge for about 1 year and the banjo never came around.  I played with all sorts or set-up stuff to get it to open up.  I recently tried another brand name bridge and it had all that I was looking for.  I kept the Hatfield for another day.  I just recently built a RK36 from parts with a Tenn 20 tone ring, and tried this bridge again.  It sounded better than the last banjo it was on but still seemed to be lacking in the bass, which is what the Tenn 20 rings are known for.  I weighted the bridge and it was 2.1 grams, and everything seem good on the set-up.   I tried another bridge and bang, it has awsome tone.  So it boils down to the bridge.    

So I guess this bridge is just lacking.  Its the only Hatfield bridge I've ever owned.  And I've read many glowing stories about these bridges so take my review with a grain of salt.  

Overall Rating

8


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 1/19/2014

Submitter

Big I (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


A friend of mine let me borrow a Zebra bridge to try out. It is a powerful bridge with lots of snap crackle and pop. If your looking for the Stanley tone then you need to try one of the Zebra bridges. So some how I found out he was making some walnut bridges with a Katalox top. So I contacted him and he sent me one to try. I have made some myself out of walnut and love the darker tones of walnut but mine always were lacking a little something. So anyway I put his on my banjo and am very happy with the tone it produces. Its a sweeter tone than maple. More resonance. If your looking for a slightly darker, sweeter tone, give this bridge a try.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Purcell Red Maple bridge
submitted 1/11/2014

Submitter

Smurf2dope (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from seller website

Overall Comments


Very nice "no-sag" Red Maple 5/8" bridge with ebony top. Classic combination because I wanted a traditional sound with good balance up and down the neck. I emailed Tim for a recommendation and he was quick to respond. Had a notch added to compensate the 3rd string a little bit, and this was done for no additional charge.  On my banjo it helped bring out some of the mids' that I thought were there but hadn't quite been able to bring out. Great tone, volume, and sustain. Would recommend to anyone looking to try a new bridge at a very reasonable price. 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Grover ACOUSTICRAFT™
submitted 1/7/2014

Submitter

SouthCreek (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Upwey Music Store, Melb, AUS.

Overall Comments


I purchased this Grover ACOUSTICRAFT for my Deering Goodtime II, replacing the stock bridge. Strings are D' Addario Nickel Wound Medium Gauge. 

I observed the following:

1. Sound is less plunky.
2. Clearer separation of notes.
3. Strings sound more in tune. 
4. Sound quality is much more stable and even  across the fret board. 
5. Better balance between higher and lower strings....the 4th string use to be somewhat dull and inaudible compared to the other strings, but now I can hear it resonate and the sound is quite clear when I pluck it. 
6. The action is higher, but this does not effect playing. 

7. Increased overall volume. 
8. Increased ambient resonance. 
9. Brighter, crisper tone towards the bridge and mellow but powerfully resonant tones towards the neck. 

10. Fet's 16-22 on the 1st string produce fuller sound and less plinky (not to be confused with plunky)...

The sound difference is much better overall. 

Cons:

1. Makes an annoying buzzing sound when capo as second fret or higher, or when playing hard.... -3


This bridge cost $17.50 AUS, and I recommend it for this Banjo (tailpiece is stock) with these strings. I cannot speak for other combinations. 

Next step will be to try this in combination with the True Tone Tailpiece..... :) 

Overall Rating

6


Bridges Doc's Bluegrass "BlueBridge Cathedral™"
submitted 1/3/2014

Submitter

darlo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

docs banjos

Overall Comments


well where to start purchased 2 of these bridges from doc ,why i wanted a warmer sound on both my RK70 and deering calico ,i explained this to doc and he did the business and they produce the warmer sound i required,and the beauty of this is i can swap and change bridges to my hearts content and get the sound i want at that given moment, thank you doc for all your help and advice it really has been  greatly appreciated 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith "2 Generation"
submitted 1/2/2014

Submitter

buckholler (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith

Overall Comments


Like everyone else these new Snuffy Smith Bridges are top notch.  I put one on my custom Rigel banjo and it made quite a difference.  I had a Hatfield bridge on that banjo and it was a little weak on the base and sounded thin no matter how I set it up.  I tried a S/S  bridge and its got a little growl now, which is very cool.  Th ebase response is better than before.   I didn't change any of the set up so I know it was the bridge.  I've had it for over a month and the banjo still has that growl so I'm sure it was the different bridge that caused it.  Its defiantly a keeper.

You won't go wrong getting one of these new Snuffy Smith bridges.  I have a RK36 that I may just have to get one of these bridges for.  We'll see.

 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Doc's Cathedral Bridge
submitted 12/31/2013

Submitter

Starter (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

via Doc's website

Overall Comments


The previous reviewer gives a lot of the technicalities.  I just wanted to add that my new bridge significantly improves the tone of my Wildwood Troubadour; it gives the sound some warmth and richness, almost like adding layers to the tone.  I wish I could describe it better.

Doc seems to be able to tailor each bridge to your style of playing and your hoped for improvement in sound.  Aside from more mellow tone I asked for a little more string spacing to help me with my plucking and pulling off.

So, a great value and a huge success.  I'm very pleased.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 12/28/2013

Submitter

dogsplus2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Dave Cunningham directly

Overall Comments


I'm from the UK, and quality bridges have to be bought from the US.

After a few years of buying (waiting) and trying, I decided that the Emerson Sweet Power II was the bridge for me.  I've rarely taken it off my banjo for more that a few minutes because I like the tone and volume so much.  I tend to tire of new bridges quickly and the ESPII goes back on after an hour or so.

It's been a couple of years since I've forayed into the world of bridges, so I thought I'd take a punt on some less well known makers, and I'm really glad I did.

I got the Zebra Wood/Katalox bridge 5/8th and standard spacing from Dave Cunningham, bought via the classifieds.  His communication is great and I had it within a week (to the UK over Christmas too!).

It looks great.  Really well made, with no roughness.  A nice design (rounded feet for me), and nice solid wood feel.

I put it on, and it sounds really great.  I have a Wildwood Paragon, which is a really loud (and absolutely wonderful!) Banjo, and it really magnifies any quality or tone issues.  There were none.

It sounded great with great note separation and volume both up and down the neck.  Unbelievably, I think it has more volume than the ESPII, but that's the way Iike it.

In short, there is nothing I don't like about it.  

Will it replace the ESPII long term?  I don't know, I'm fairly loyal to it, but what I would say is, I've had it a day and I haven't been tempted to take it off my banjo yet - which is pretty unusual.

A really great bridge and hats off to Dave Cunningham for doing this - it's finding these little gems that BHO exposes you to that makes Banjoing a real treat!

 

Update:  Still using this Bridge.  I'm massively impressed by the note quality, the sustain remains fully in tune for the entire length of the note with no 'drop off' which is pretty amazing.  Same for all strings.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 12/19/2013

Submitter

pickalot (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

dcbanjoworks.com

Overall Comments


There are a lot of really good bridge makers and bridges out there today.  I have tried many of them.  I will go even further to say I have never received a bad bridge from anyone.  In fact, most improved the banjos I was playing at the time, at least changed my sound to something I was happy with.

With that said I must tell you that after trying( and now refusing to remove it from my banjo) a David Cunningham bridge I cannot imagine ever trying another bridge.  My newest banjo is a style 4 copy with a Hatfield custom neck, Cox rim and hardware, Tenn. 20 ring, Steve Gill resonator.........all mahogany.  Great banjo with a great sound from day one.  The bridges I have tried have been great but none gave me the note separation, clarity, perfect amount of decay,  tone, voice and volume that David's bridges have....a total package in every catagory.  (Maybe maple is not the best choice for all banjos....hummmmm)

 I received a Zebra wood bridge and a special walnut bridge in the mail Monday (Dec. 16, 2013).  I put the Zebra bridge on and in 10 minutes I had an awesomely different banjo........and was very, very pleased.  It could have stopped right there and I would have been a happy picker....but then I tried the walnut bridge - no way that bridge is coming off my banjo! 

I don't make a dime on these bridges but if you realize how important the bridge is on a banjo you should give David a shout, either here on the Hangout through his classified ad for his bridges........or go directly to his web site at www.dcbanjoworks.com  I'm ordering another one today for my other banjo!   David's workmanship is excellent!...and he is a super nice and friendly guy...

Yes, I am a little bit excited about this bridge!

Pickalot

Overall Rating

10


Bridges DONALD NEW SPILLWAY BANJO BRIDGE
submitted 12/5/2013

Submitter

DrBillM (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Don

Overall Comments


I really like the bridge. I tried it on my Deering Maple Blossom and my Goldtone CCR 100. I felt like it brought out some nice bass tones on the Deering and took out some of the tinny sound and smoothed out the Goldtone. On the Goldtone in particular, it now rings forever. What Don said about improving cheaper banjos is definitely true. I think that if I  had found these bridges sooner, I might have waited on the Maple Blossom. Well maybe not .Definitely a nice step up from a standard factory bridge. I ordered them in the evening and got an email later that night that they would be going out within a day or two. From start to finish I think the whole process was five days.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Big Foot Bridge
submitted 12/5/2013

Submitter

DrBillM (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Don

Overall Comments


I rated another Don New bridge prior to this one. Silly me. This one is even better on my Goldtone CCR 100. I almost feel like I need to mute the banjo to not disturb the neighbors. My wife heard a difference from downstairs. It is cleaner and clearer and rings much farther down the neck. It did not do as much for my Deering Maple Blossom. I think what Don said about his bridges really improving cheaper banjos is absolutely true. Blisteringly fast shipping and reasonable prices. You hate to mess with something that works but I might go again.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 11/27/2013

Submitter

RioStat (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Mr.Cunningham

Overall Comments


David's zebra-wood / katalox bridge (2.46 gm / .687 tall / Crowe spacing) made a marked improvement in the sound of my banjo (Cox rim, Sullivan First Quality archtop tone ring, Gibson RB 250 neck & resonator)

The individual clarity of each note was noticeably increased from open string up to the 22nd fret.

The guys I jam with even asked if I had new strings or new finger-picks, etc.. so they heard a difference also. It wasn't just my ears !!

Well made, good looking, traditional styled bridge with the weight, height, and spacing written on the bottom of the feet. I like little details such as that.

Also, David is an excellent person to deal with!

 

 

 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 11/23/2013

Submitter

MOUNTAIN GOAT (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


I just got to try four different bridges made by Bart Veerman.  One was his mystery bridge, and the other three were made out of different woods of his choice.  Bart wanted to see what his bridge would do on a good woody banjo and I wanted to see what difference they would make.  First off, I haven't seen this good of workmanship on any other bridge, including mine.  And I make nice stuff.

All the bridges sounded very good.  They all had excellent sustain.  They all worked well up the neck.  Each bridge gave my banjo a different character.  One was mellower, one kind of a warm sound.  The other two gave my banjo a more blue grass sound, one more than the other.

The change in character was a big surprise.

What does all that mean?   It means that it might just take trying several bridges before you find the one that makes the sound you want on your banjo.  Or you might one bridge for playing certain tunes and a different bridge for other tunes, or other styles of tunes.  I never would have guessed a bridge could do this.

These are made really nice, and you are missing out on what might give you that sound until you try one or more.  I think you really don't know until you try a few.

 

I also found that when his bridge is set right, the worst string would be about two cents off on intonation.  Not really enough to worry about.

 

 

 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Steve Davis Compensated Beech Bridge
submitted 11/19/2013

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Steve Davis

Overall Comments


Well I had used Steve's maple compensated for quite some time, and then heard he started making the same bridge out of beech wood. I bought one and found it to be outstanding. Not terrible different but a little brighter to my ears than the maple.  I put it on a Deering Tenbrooks Legacy (mahogany neck) with a Kruger ring. Head tension at A. The banjo came alive. Mahogany of course by nature wants to sound somewhat mellow. Steve made the bridge in a .656 with Crowe spacing. Not sure but I think the legacy was about 3/4 and seemed like it was up around the ceiling. Even with the .656 the 2 pennies are comfortably sliding under the first string at fret 12. I highly recommend this bridge to anyone who wants good compensation and maybe a little brighter sound from their banjo. 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 11/15/2013

Submitter

wholli8060 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

E-Bay

Overall Comments


If your looking for a new  bridge  get a cunningham bridge .He's helpful and it made my banjo sound so much better

Overall Rating

10


Bridges David Cunningham bridges
submitted 11/9/2013

Submitter

Brooklynbanjoboy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO

Overall Comments


A few days ago I notice BHO member David Cunningham’s ad for bridges:

 

http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/39405

 

I asked David to build me four 5/8 Zebra bridges with a Katalox cap, two in Crowe spacing and two standard spacing.

David noted that his bridges “have a .010 arc chord depth at the base to account for the sag of the banjo head. This helps to prevent sag at the top of the bridge over time.”

 

That’s way too technical engineering like for me, but it seemed like a good idea, and I’m a sucker for new, innovative bridges. 

 

They arrived today and I tried them out on my Style S 10 inch Vega Little Wonder pot hooked to a Wyatt Fawley neck, built as an A scale banjo.  It’s a fairly new addition  to my arsenal, and I’ve spent a bit of time trying to pin down a sound using various bridges (and toying with the other customary variables).

 

In thelast 24 hours, before David’s bridges arrive, I had at least a half dozen custom made bridges that have accumulated in my inventory on and off that A scale banjo.  They all gave me an appreciably different sound, but didn’t get me closer to what I wanted.

 

David’s zebra wood bridge with the Crowe spacing delivered.  Gave me a great sound across the fingerboard, and helped get me the clarity I wanted with the strings stretched up to A tuning. 

 

His bridges are sleek , nicely made, flawlessly cut and sanded, and consistent in their architecture.  The Katalox cap is strong, stands up to refilling the string slots – I’m using a thicker gauge nylon string and David’s bridges were apparently slotted for steel strings.  Zebra wood has a nice look.  I don’t think it’s necessarily easy to work with; I’ve cut some tailpiecves and other things from that wood before.  But David scored big on the quality of the work using Zebra.  He brands them, and labels them – height, weight, spacing – on the bottom of the bridge feet for convenience.

 

These are nice bridges.  The remaining three are probably going to migrate to my other banjos.  Looking forward to making that happen and getting the nice, clean sound that comes from this product.

 

Thanks, David.

 

Play hard,

 

Lew

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Post Script: (18 November 2013)

I now have six David Cunningham’s bridges.   Four are 5/8 inches in height, two with Crowe spacing and two with standard spacing.  Two are 6/8 inches in height, one standard and the other Crowe spacing.  They are very cleverly cut, very inventively made, and very effective on my various banjos.  

David is a very conscientious bridge engineer.  He has impressive design capabilities and works real hard to please customers.  I’m glad to have stumbled into him on BHO and learned about his product in some very informative email correspondence with him. 

I just pur one of his 6/8 inchers on a banjo I was poised to sell. 

Now it is a keeper.

I’m convinced.  These are first class bridges.

Play hard,

 

Lew

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 11/5/2013

Submitter

geodave (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart's Place

Overall Comments


Well I told Bart I'd do a review on the 3 bridges he sent me so it's time I got off my kiester and did so since I've had them for probably 5-6 weeks already. I just have to say what an incredible difference an insignificant little piece of wood makes!! I should have expected it as that's how the sound gets to the banjo but ---. 

Anyhow, this fall I was looking to see if I could improve the sound of my 1978 Ibanez Artist. This is the banjo that I wisely bought after a summer of working in the bush and coming home with a wad of cash in my pocket. I says to my girlfriend at the time (still my wife believe it or not) - if you want an engagement ring pick one out. Being a practical gal she demurred and I, being a totally hedonistic impractical male, went out and spent 800 bucks on a banjo. Needless to say she was not impressed. Now that banjo ended up sitting in a corner after a few years and after a 20 year hiatus I picked it back up 3 years ago. It was kind of fun, my banjo still sounded great but I thought can it sound better?

Well here's where Bart came in. I Googled "Banjo Bridges" and a bunch of hits appeared. After looking at a few, I was quite smitten with Bart's treatise on tone, intonation, materials etc. so I sent him an email, asking him what would work for the Ibanez, he says "Mystery wood - Ebony top. So that's what I got with Crowe spacing. The difference was spectacular!! This banjo just barks, tone so nice and forward but not brash, quite sweet. I'd always had a bit of trouble with intonation up the neck as well, so I'd been using one of those stock compensated bridges by one of the big manufacturers and it helped a bit but still wasn't great. Bart's Bridge smartened that banjo right up. It plays cleanly and in tune right to the 22nd fret in all positions and all strings. I'd never been quite happy with the sound of my 3rd string "Cripple Creek" slide. All of a sudden it works!!!!!

My second banjo is an 1895 SS Stewart Orchestra 28 inch scale, that I picked up on Ebay recently.  I put Aquilla Nylgut strings on it. It has a nice old timey plunk to it, great for clawhammering. Bart and i went back and forth a bit on the string guages as Aquilla don't say much beyond light, medium ,heavy. Bart decided on a plain Mystery wood bridge, lighter weight for Stewie with slots cut specifically for the Nylgut (I ended up measuring them with a caliper) and using Crowe spacing. Again, the difference was astounding. the banjo still has a nice old timey feel to it, only the notes are clean and defined. Again intonation all over the neck is much improved.

The third is my travel banjo, a little Gold Tone CC Mini open back. 8 inch pot 17 frets, 32 inches total length. Perfect for aircraft "carry on". NIce and quiet in the hotel room etc. (if you get one ditch the guitar tuners and get some cheap planetary tuners) Anyway its a pretty cool little banjo but once I supercharged the Ibanez, I wasn't stopping!! Bart decided on Teak with Ebony top for this one, once again in Crowe spacing. ( that extra 2 mm make such a huge difference in playability) Anyway, the bridge has again improved intonation and sound, but, smaller banjo smaller differences. This is still a much improved banjo with Barts Bridge and I would do it again.

Anyway, for 75 bucks for the 3 bridges (shipping was dirt cheap) I'd say I got way more than a bargoon. Bart is a real pleasure to deal with and a genuine craftsman. I would absolutely do business with him again, I just need more banjos, I'm sure she'll let me have some if I'm nice.

DAVE

  

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Zebra Katalox bridge
submitted 10/30/2013

Submitter

Davidprat (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

David Cunningham

Overall Comments


I got a 5/8 standard spacing Katalox / Zebra Bridge.

At a first look David Cunningham' bridges looks amazing, the wood is really beautiful and well made.

I fit the bridge to one of my banjos that was fitted with a maple /ebony Bridge.

The sound was improved , the notes are more clear and the banjo is a bit louder than with the Maple/ebony.

David is really nice to deal with and really helpful.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Zebra Katalox bridge
submitted 10/20/2013

Submitter

banjerpicker1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from David Cunningham

Overall Comments


Great bridge. Period. Brought out the best sound in all of my banjos. Clear, great bass, clear highs and loud. I got a 5/8ths in 2.2 gram and 2.1 gram. Get one and try for yourself. It won't disappoint you.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Clawhammer Bridge
submitted 10/5/2013

Submitter

kevin c (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman (banjobridge.com)

Overall Comments


My banjo is a Recording King Madison RK-OT25 (an openback with a scoop neck).  It had a basic 5/8 inch Grover bridge.  Bought my 5/8 inch clawhammer bridge from Bart about 3 weeks ago.  Bart's clawhammer bridge makes my inexpensive banjo sound great!  Not only that, but it makes playing the 5th string easier for clawhammer style because the 5th string is raised 1/8 inch. 

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman "Archie" bridge
submitted 9/24/2013

Submitter

tommyvee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I recently purchased a Bart Veerman Archie Bridge for my arch-top banjo.  The bridge was recommended to me by a fellow banjo picker who also owns an arch-top. I can't say enough about the difference in tone and volume that I am now enjoying.  Mr. Veerman has developed a thin bridge design that is highly compatible with the arch-top tone ring.  The Crowe spaced Archie bridge that I received was very professionally sculpted and finely finished making it not only functional but an attractive piece as well.  If you are currently tweaking your arch-top set up, you may find that an Archie will work well for you.  Happy picking,

Tommy Vee

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Purcell Bridges
submitted 9/16/2013

Submitter

rturner (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From the Website

Overall Comments


I am writing to you folks, who are like me and have a cheapo banjo and want to see if an upgrade will help.

I bought a Red Ambrosia Maple bridge, Crowe spaced, standard top.

I have to say it makes a HUGE difference.  I play the Washburn B-9 "canjo".  It has no wood rim, no tone ring.  Just an all aluminum body to attach a head and resonator.  Not bad for $125, but does sound like a $125 banjo.

After putting the bridge on, I noticed an immediate improvement in tone, sustain, note separation and just "color" from the banjo.

My banjo still doesn't sound like a Deering Saratoga Star, but it sounds a whole lot better than it did.  It was very much worth the $20-something investment!

Highly recommend getting one to stretch your investment to the next level - no matter what you have.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Style III
submitted 9/10/2013

Submitter

Pickin furry paws (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Given by friend

Overall Comments


If you are looking for a bridge to help you attain the old banjo sound or "prewar sound," Snuffy's Style III bridge will help get you there. Placed on a properly set-up banjo, the bridge will deliver strong bass and very clear highs--the clearest so far that I've found on a production bridge for the price. They resist sagging well, are very strong, yet light weight, transmitting sound very quickly and efficiently to the banjo head.

As of now, Mr. Smith has passed, but his product remains a solid standard of his passion for the banjo. Google them, eBay them, HO them, whatever your search preference...but grab them up when you can. 

I give the product a rating of 9 due to imperfections and some lack in product consistency and appearance. The tone, however, is the most important aspect the bridge offers the prospective buyer, and here it most certainly does not disappoint.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Virgil Lawson Sinker Maple
submitted 8/26/2013

Submitter

Crusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Virgil

Overall Comments


This is a really rich and pleasant sounding bridge. The highs were more or less unchanged from my previous bridge but the mids and lows took on a really rich timbre, with a 4th string that will make my liver quiver when I hit it right. The overall character is not quite as note separated as my previous bridge (likely more sustain) but nonetheless I really like the full complex tone of this bridge. There was some settling after a few days and I shimmed with a piece of paper under a leg to get the tone back.

Update:  I've been playing this bridge for about 6 weeks now and it's my favorite (over Moon, Kat Eyz, Big Foot, Grover compensated)  because the timbre from my banjo is so full and rich.  You should at least try one because there's a good chance it'll become your favorite too.

Overall Rating

8


Bridges Purcell Bridges
submitted 8/4/2013

Submitter

papasgottabanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Purcellbanjobridges.com

Overall Comments


Tim's bridges sound great. I have purchased 3 different ones to experiment with and all of these sound terrific. I replaced a snuffy smith with one and I could tell a large difference in volume. Also Tim is a very nice guy to deal with.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 8/4/2013

Submitter

claybarron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


Replaced my original Mastertone bridge with one from Bart Veerman. Much better sustain, more volume, and an overall brighter sound. Highly recommend Bart's work.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Davis Beech Bridge
submitted 7/22/2013

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Steve Davis

Overall Comments


Steve's new beech bridge is an absolute winner. I recorded a few measures with my Snowball mic and Audacity so I could play them a number of times for an objective comparison. Three bridges were tested. They are all high end bridges - in the $35-$40 range I believe. While all 3 performed rather well, Steve's beech bridge scored the highest in crispness, clarity, and brightness. Must have something to do with that beech wood he landed not long ago. Great work Steve. This bridge rocks!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Steve Davis compensated bridge
submitted 7/20/2013

Submitter

Banjopotamus (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Steve Davis

Overall Comments


Excellent bridge.  Put a Davis compensated bridge on a Deering Golden Wreath, it made it much more full with a solid bottom end.  Up & down the neck it sounded better than any bridge I've tried prior.

Just bought a Huber banjo, & just for kicks I put the Davis bridge on it & it accomplished the same thing.  Just when I thought the Huber couldn't be improved, the Davis bridge gave it just a slight increase of volume & an ever so slight longer sustain.

I gave it a 9 only due to the finish.  I'm a wood worker, so I'm probably a bit more critical than the normal person.  While it was good, I would have preferred a bit more finish sanding & a light coat of tongue oil to bring out the cherrywood top.  

Overall an excellent bridge.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges 100 year old barnwood minstrel bridge
submitted 7/17/2013

Submitter

thisoldman (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

stringbean45

Overall Comments


Bought this bridge for my 70's tenor banjo. Got rid of most of the overtones and the sympathetic vibrations. Banjo now plays nicely up and down the fretboard. Made this inexpensive banjo into a real player. Don has great communication - responds quickly to queries - and builds a bridge to meet your needs at a reasonable price.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Jeffrey Weitzel 6 foot bridge
submitted 7/11/2013

Submitter

puddIejumper (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Jeffrey Weitzel weitzelbanjo.com

Overall Comments


Communication/customer service - Outstanding. Mr. Weitzel communicated via email, explained the different options available, and made the bridge to my specifications. Communication was prompt, with no extended time lapses between emails answering my questions.

Shipping - Prompt. The bridge was received so quickly that I believe it was manufactured and mailed the same day that payment was sent.

Quality - The bridge appears to be durable. 5 of the feet appear almost identical, one of the feet is noticeably narrower than the other 5. It appears to have been a secondary result of sanding or filing the bridge for fit and finish. All 6 feet contact the head evenly with no undue stresses on the bridge. the 1st and 5th strings are spaced perfectly in the middle over the arch between the feet, while the 2nd-4th strings are noticeably (a couple thousandths) off center toward the 5th string. The notch for the 4th string is bigger so there was no problem getting that wound 4th string to seat properly. The bridge is compensated, and the top is flat to match my flat fretboard. Overall the bridge is very nice and looks nice on my banjo.

Sound - I found this bridge to have a very bright sound. It is the nicest bridge I have tried to date, replacing a moon bridge I was previously using.

Cons - The only real con to this bridge is that I cannot use my Mike's Banjo Mute with it. I really should have noticed this before buying it, but am glad I did because it does sound great. I do not know if I will keep the bridge on and lose the ability to mute or if I will go to a Hatfield Compensated bridge. I will not likely go back to the Moon.

I would definitely recommend this bridge for a nice bright sound, but only if you do not use a banjo mute on a regular basis.

UPDATE: As of July 31st I am still using this bridge and love it! I have decided that the sound this bridge gives my banjo far outweighs the inability to mute the instrument. I will be a return customer.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges DONALD NEW SPILLWAY BANJO BRIDGE
submitted 6/25/2013

Submitter

buddyoneski (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Through ebay

Overall Comments


love this bridge, made my rk-35 sound a lot cleaner
and the customer service was top notch

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 6/5/2013

Submitter

Gary W Shoe (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart

Overall Comments


I had Bart build me a 9/16 teak bridge for my Deering Classic Goodtime Special. The banjo came with a 5/8 and though very playable, the action was a bit high for my style. He shipped my custom order within a few days and I love the look and sound of this bridge. No buzzing and the clarity is very good.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Big Foot Bridge
submitted 6/3/2013

Submitter

Crusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Don New

Overall Comments


This is the best sounding bridge out of a whole handful that I've tried, including a standard Grover, a medium and a heavy Moon bridge, a Fielding and a Kat Eyz Spice Pegged. The notes are strong, clear and distinct with a fast attack and a fast decay and have more timbre than any of the others (the Kat Eyz was about 90% of the Big Foot with a little less note clarity). Due to the arches under the top rail, a Mike's Mute must have bevels filed on the outside corners of the legs to fit the arches but once filed it works very well.

Overall Rating

7


Bridges Snuffy Smith "2 Generation"
submitted 6/1/2013

Submitter

banjerpicker1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kat Eyz and JDMC

Overall Comments


I bought 2 bridges and they both are excellent. I have owned 4-5 original Snuffy Smith Bridges over the years and there is no difference in sound. Great workmanship. Make sure you get the right weight for the sound your wanting. I had to get a 2.09 gram and a 2.2 gram for my 2 banjos because all banjos are not the same..

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 5/22/2013

Submitter

Lester M (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Bart

Overall Comments


A thing of beauty. Bart is a craftsman. Smartened up the old Gold tone like you wouldn't believe.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 5/14/2013

Submitter

Chappy0168 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Overall Comments


I wanted to let everyone know I am a new banjo player but I have played guitar for years. not prof. but for fun. I had been looking at banjos for a long time and decided to get a Recording King RK R20 to start with. Need less to say I am hooked! After learning to play for the past few months I noticed that my banjo sounded a little flat, so i decided to put on a new set of strings I figured that it might brighten it up again. After I installed the new strings I found that it helped but it sounded to me that my banjo sounded a little bassy. So aftering reading some reviews and getting some tips I decided to buy one of Don New's Dam spillway bridges. I got the Maple with Rosewood cap 5/8" with Crowe spacing . I installed the new bridge as soon as it came in. Man I can tell you this has brightened up the sound on my R20. It took the bassy sound down a couple of notches and brought up the high notes. I will also say it appears that the Crowe spacing on the new one has helped me with a problem I was having with my thumb pick catching 4th string. I know I don't have alot of experience playing but I know great sound when I hear it. I recommend this bridge to everyone. My little Recording King is not the most expensive on the block but I believe she sure sounds like it.
The buying experince with Don is great, if I get another banjo in the future I will definetly be getting another Dam Spillway (maybe the 3 pack) just to see what the others will do.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Scorpion
submitted 5/13/2013

Submitter

Shimdog (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I recently tried Scorpion Bridges on my flathead 3 and flathead 12. I just want to say that Silvio is making the very best bridges available today.

The .656" on my style 3 made the banjo louder and dryer than another well known bridge that was very good. It also improved the separation of notes.

And the 5/8" bridge I put on my style 12 made a remarkable difference. If ever there was a perfect bridge for a specific banjo, this is it! Thanks, Silvio!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 4/28/2013

Submitter

Rizo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Tim

Overall Comments


I emailed Tim about making me a custom bridge. I know he mostly makes bridges for bluegrass/resonator instruments, but I'm a clawhammer player and the banjo Tim's bridge went on is an open back with an aluminum pot made from a Buick torque converter. I had built the banjo meaning to use a 3/4" bridge, but when I got it together the action was too low for my liking.

After discussing different tones, options and the type of banjo I'm playing, Tim made me a locust bridge with an ebony cap in 7/8" height. It worked out great. The action is a little high, just like I like, and the banjo sounds very nice. Tim couldn't have been better to deal with. I think I emailed him about making me a bridge on Monday night and he had it in the mail on Wednesday morning. It was on my banjo by Friday night.

The tone is percussive and has quick decay. Note seperation is very good, and there's a nice woodiness to the sound. The bass response is full and the high end sounds pretty good too. Pretty much exactly what I wanted for accompanying fiddle tunes.

In short, if you're looking for a bridge, I highly recommend getting one from Tim. The product is great and the customer service is even better, all at a reasonable price. Can't ask for more than that.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arthur Hatfield Compensated bridge
submitted 4/18/2013

Submitter

MildBill (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

TheAcousticMusician

Overall Comments


Really seemed to open up and balance my banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith "2 Generation"
submitted 4/1/2013

Submitter

LouZee Picker (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith

Overall Comments


Just tried out my new Snuffy Smith 2 Generation bridge on my 03' Stelling Master's Cross, I had an original S/S on it & to tell you the truth I don't know which one I like the most. I don't think there's a dimes worth of difference between the 2 bridges in tone & by looking at them , you definitely can't tell the difference. Strictly top shelf craftsmanship! Great job Mike!!!

Brian

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Wyatt banjo bridge
submitted 3/26/2013

Submitter

DeanT (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Given as a gift from another BHO member

Overall Comments


When I got my Gibson ESS, I went through my entire box of bridges to choose the best for it. In the running were most of the big name bridges. The winner was a big name old growth bridge. It was on my ESS for over a years worth of practices and weekly gigs. Then a BHO friend gave me a Wyatt hard maple bridge to try. Good looking bridge, clean workmanship. And it's a KEEPER! Better "Gibson Growl" on the 4th string, and noticeably more sparkle up the neck. A little wetter tone, with better vibes and more sustain. The compensated 3rd string intonation is priceless. This bridge will be on my Gibby for a looooong time, probably from now on.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Big Foot Bridge
submitted 3/12/2013

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Don New

Overall Comments


I have to say it is one awesome bridge. I have a collection of bridges which are all respected brands from respected builders. My preference has been something that delivers the brightness that my banjo was made for - or should I say, not diminish the banjo's brightness.

But the Bigfoot delivers a very unique sound to my ears. It is a sweetness, a mellowness, and yet a fullness that does not sacrifice any of the sound qualities your banjo was built to deliver. Hard to put into words. But I have tried bridges before that claimed to be "sweet" or "mellow", and I felt like I sacrificed some sound quality. Muffled may be the best word I could use to describe it. But Don's Bigfoot does not create a sense of muffled to me, just sweet, full, and mellow.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges kat eyz bridge by Mike Smith
submitted 2/18/2013

Submitter

Todd Taylor (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mike Smith

Overall Comments


I love my Kat Eyz banjo Bridges, I sarted using Mikes Bridges over 14 years ago and have never looked back I have tried other bridges but no other banjo bridge makers can come close to his craft I just got 10 from Mike and everyone sounds awesome!!! keep up the good work Mike.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Select Bridge
submitted 2/17/2013

Submitter

spurtalisterous (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


I wanted to give my Gretsch open-back a chance to shine with a professional bridge. Bought the 5/8" recommended by the guys at Elderly. It sounds terrific. No one tells you, but whatever is stamped on the bridge should be read by you while playing (turn them in toward the neck)! It was a real improvement for the sound quality of the instrument, and a cheap way to make it really shine. I just bought one for my archtop resonator banjo too.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Fitts bridge
submitted 2/11/2013

Submitter

willytee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Overall Comments


Recieved the Danny Fitts 5/8 banjo bridge today. I bought this off of ebay on a try and see what it sounds like ideal. The bridge is well made. It has a few degree slant to it and the sound was fantastic. I put this on a maple Gibson five string. The info I recieved was Fitts acoustic in Alton VA. You might want to give one a try. Thanks Danny!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 2/8/2013

Submitter

Banjophobic (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I've reviewed Tim's bridges once before, but I had to send in another one. I am a luthier /repairman by trade, and try to keep as many great bridges in stock as I can afford to.
Tim's bridges are very high on my list. But sometimes I forget to re-order them when I run out (as he well knows..lol). This happened again recently and there were a coupe of set-up jobs coming up and I needed these bridges asap.
I contacted Tim and he jumped on the job and made two bridges for me and I had them the next day. That's service you cannot beat with a stick! The bridges are great but the customer service ranks right up there with the quality of the work. Thanks Tim

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 2/6/2013

Submitter

Steve Donnelly (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


B. Veerman teak.
Tone is excellent. The notes are very clear. I should have gotten one of these a long time ago.
This is a 1/2" teak, Crowe spaced on a Reiter tubaphone with tight fiberskyn head.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Wyatt banjo bridge
submitted 1/30/2013

Submitter

benjo75 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Randall Wyatt

Overall Comments


I recently purchased a Wyatt Bridge directly from Randall at a show. I bought a 11/16 Crowe. I had been using a .656 and had developed a small buzz. It fixed that and brightened up my RB-4 quite a bit. I wasn't unhappy with my sound, but I'm always open to something that will help out. It definately did. I'm very happy with this bridge and would recommend it to anyone. For only $25, you can't go wrong. They should be $100 for the time and craftsmanship that goes into these bridges.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Randall Wyatt hard maple bridge
submitted 1/26/2013

Submitter

Hankon5 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

December 2012

Overall Comments


I receive this hard maple bridge for free as my name was picked out of a hat. I had another bridge already on which is very good! However, I switched it with the hard maple bridge not expecting to advance the nice tone I already had, but, I was wrong. After installing Randall's bridge I tuned it up a bit ...and the sound became a bit more crisper and added some more vibrations to the neck. I now have two extremely good bridges out of a bunch of highly regarded name brand bridges which are collecting dust. The Randall Wyatt hard maple bridge added a bit more pop/ tone that I was looking for on my banjo. Very good product and I highly recommend it!

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Moon Bridges medium weight
submitted 1/18/2013

Submitter

Crusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly

Overall Comments


Just put one on my RK and WOW did it make better sound come out and it cleared the open back muddiness. It hasn't really even had time to settle in and as others have reported my tone could get even better. I use a Renaissance head, no-knot tailpiece and medium strings and with a folded sock under the head I'm getting some really nice rich and clear tones without any unwanted overtones, and it has noticeably more volume than the stock bridge.

Overall Rating

7


Bridges Fielding A1
submitted 1/8/2013

Submitter

Crusty (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly

Overall Comments


This bridge is really loud and proved to be too loud for me because it introduced a ringing in my 2nd string and a rattling in my 5th string that I couldn't adjust out with head tension or a sock on the underside and 3 different sets of strings didn't eliminate these overtones. I play clawhammer so it wasn't the right bridge for me but it might be really good for bluegrass. I ordered a 5/8" bridge and the bridge that I got was marked 5/8" but it measured 11/16".

Overall Rating

7


Bridges Tim Purcell custom bridge
submitted 1/7/2013

Submitter

Laurence Diehl (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

order direct

Overall Comments


Tim makes great bridges. I just had him make a custom bridge for me out of birch with a brown ebony cap, 2.6 gms. It has a fabulous bass response and nice round mids and real pretty highs. Extra sustain - perfect for my playing style, at least for a lot of the stuff I do. Wouldn't want to take it to a BG jam, but it wasn't designed for that. As usual, Tim was very easy to work with - highly recommended!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Gary Sosebee 5/8 Submerged wood
submitted 1/4/2013

Submitter

Glen5 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Gary

Overall Comments


Awesome bridge. Definately helped my Gold Star open up and more clarity for sure. Gary is also the best to deal with. Got to go to Gary's house to pick it up and try. He is also an awesome picker!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kat Eyz Submerged maple Bridge
submitted 12/30/2012

Submitter

jmoliver (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

kateyzbb.com

Overall Comments


Outstanding bridge, great customer service.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 12/28/2012

Submitter

OSCAR82AA (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct From Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I have two of Tim's bridges. One is made from Arkansas Maple and the other is made from Ambrosia Red Maple. The workmanship is excellent. You can tell these bridges are made from someone who takes pride in their work.
I have a small shoe box of bridges for use and right now the Ambrosia Maple is on my banjo.Really brought back my fourth string slide from 2-5. And overall tone is just fantastic. I highly recommend Tim Purcell's bridges. And shipment is fast and Tim can easily be contacted to help with your expectations and what you are looking for with a bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 12/28/2012

Submitter

nuncanunca (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mail Order

Overall Comments


I ordered a 3 pack of the spillway dam bridges -- two with the raised 5th string. Noticed a big difference over the generic bridges I was using before. Very happy with the quality and well worth the price. Thanks Don!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Piano Bridge
submitted 12/24/2012

Submitter

CodeSmith (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.purcell-banjo-bridges.com

Overall Comments


These are very finely crafted bridges. The old piano wood delivers a wonderful balance of clarity, separation and decay. For me, it added the final element I was looking to dial into on my banjo, "presence". My mahogany KK-3 had really come into it's own after I had replaced the stock ring with an JLS#4. However it just needed that final tweak. Working with Tim couldn't have been any easier. I communicated with Tim over a couple of email's about my banjo, setup info, preferences and what I was looking to achieve. A short spell later, a well packed mailer showed up with my bridges. I've had equally wonderful results with the red maple bridges he made for me as well.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 12/24/2012

Submitter

CodeSmith (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

http://www.purcell-banjo-bridges.com

Overall Comments


I'm very happy with the radiused red maple bridges Tim made for me. I was looking to solve a setup problem on a 78 Goldstar that was eluding me for a while. Working with Tim was easy, I communicated with him about my banjo, setup info, preferences and what I was looking to achieve. The bridges were finely crafted and have a wonderful balance of clarity, separation and decay. Good clean lows and highs, no muddiness. I have had equally good results with his old piano wood bridges. Recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Wyatt banjo bridge
submitted 12/23/2012

Submitter

jmgeorge (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Randall Wyatt through Randy Odell

Overall Comments


Randall made me a 15/16" bridge! With a height like that, they're hard to find! I couldn't be any more pleased with it. It improved the clarity and volume on my banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman "Archie" bridge
submitted 12/6/2012

Submitter

Zwei Hunde (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music Center

Overall Comments


I put the Archie on my Gold Tone MC150RP and couldn't stop smiling! If you are considering a bridge upgrade you will not be disappointed. I wish I could put into words how it sounds but you just have to hear it. Probably the best 30 bucks I ever spent.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Bridges
submitted 12/5/2012

Submitter

butter9487 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I don't write reviews. That being said I felt compelled to with excitement. I emailed Tim and explained that I know little about my banjo but knew it was time for a bridge. What was next? He had me do a little work measuring and telling about my banjo and my style. This took three emails to complete do to my questions witch Tim was happy to answer. He made that experience easy for me the beginner. I received my bridge and placed it as I started to tune I could not stop smiling as I new right away that there would be a noticeable improvement. I am very happy with the hole experience. Tim thank you for you patience and care. Sound is loud and clear.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Bridges
submitted 11/28/2012

Submitter

ronbrown1947 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Online - Tim's website

Overall Comments


Like most banjoists, I spend about as much time getting my banjo to sound better than playing it. I play a Mastertone ESS and thought it sounded about as good as it was going to get - WRONG. Ordered a couple of bridges from Tim, an old piano bridge and a red maple. I thought my 1st and 3rd strings had died a long time ago, again - WRONG. Scared me, every string is now balanced up and down the neck. Order you one while they are still cheap, these bridges are in a class by themselves.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 10/24/2012

Submitter

dcraft (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Tim

Overall Comments


Excellent craftsmanship. It produces a noticeable difference in the banjo's sound, for the better. It is installed on an RK35. I would recommend this bridge to all who are shopping for one.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 10/23/2012

Submitter

pickalot (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


Like most banjo players I am always searching for the best sound I can get, and as we all know........the best banjo in the world is a dud with the wrong bridge.
After hearing so much about Purcell bridges I decided to try a couple of them. I went to www.purcell-banjo-bridges.com and sent Tim an email asking for a call to talk bridges. He responded quickly. After some discussion he sent 3 bridges, all .656, standard spacing........a Piano #2, a Submerged Birch and a Red Maple. When they came in I immediately noticed the beautiful and consistant quality of his workmanship. I tried and liked all 3 but the Red Maple bridge brought out the balance and great sound quality that my banjo was capable of. The birch was a very close second and was also very, very good with the way my banjo is currently set up.
Long story short........the Red Maple Purcell Bridge not only gives me the best growling, stomach-buzzing sound I have ever had on my archtop, it also gives a great hand response for both right and left hand when playing. The following day our band had 2 jobs and I ended up playing about 7 hours total. I do not think I have ever played better........even my fellow band members noticed increased dynamics, volume and clarity.
I ordered another Red Maple Purcell bridge as a spare and have the Submerged Birch Bridge as a back-up,
Also. Tim is a great banjo player and you can hear his sound bites on his web site as he demonstrates his bridges. He is also very friendly and great to talk to on the phone. Besides that, he is my neighbor.......he only lives about 45 miles from me!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges DONALD NEW SPILLWAY BANJO BRIDGE
submitted 10/17/2012

Submitter

5Wires (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Don

Overall Comments


I just received a 3 pack of Don's banjo bridges. I really liked that Don asked me about what banjo I played (RB3), current bridge height and so forth. He sent them out to me in Australia. Now I've been playing a Snuffy Smith 3/4" with a compensated 3rd string slot for a few years now. I had thinned it out to be .12" at the base of the feet and .09" at the string slots. So my 3 sounded bright. I've put the 100 year old barn-wood one on and I am pretty impressed. I had a student play my banjo back to me today and I liked the sound very much. Next week I am recording with the banjo and I'm going to do a few takes with all the Spillways and a couple with the Smith back on just to see how it plays back. Based on the fact that last night I was up until after 2am playing I reckon that I am liking the bridge very much. The workmanship is spot on and I can tell there has been trouble taken to get the cut of the timber just right. Can't fault 'em on any score.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 10/11/2012

Submitter

siemionet (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I just bought Red Maple bridge form Mr Tim Purcell. It's not compensated at all however I'm surprised how much it changed in sound of my Deering Goodtime banjo. It's like turning from basic to semi-pro. All parts are original apart of this bridge. Sound is even in high positions, mellow, thicker, fuller. I'd say "more calm" than it was. When I look at its design this bridge is a bit different than original Deering basic bridge. Of course it is five times more expensive but hahaha it's only 25$ as Deering costs 5$ :)
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to change sound of his/her banjo.
Well Done!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Virgil Lawson Camo-Frog Compensated bridge
submitted 9/26/2012

Submitter

blockader (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Virgil lawson

Overall Comments


This bridge (5/8th, 2.2 grams) sounds and looks great. It is pretty loud with excellent tone and responce. It really improved my highs and mids, while the bass and intonation is about the same as the moon heavy that was on previuosly. Overall i'd characterize the bridge as balanced and warm. Virgil was fast and responsive and the the bridge was very well packed.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Virgil Lawson Camo-Frog Compensated bridge
submitted 9/26/2012

Submitter

Snowbird (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

won it here on BHO

Overall Comments


I was one of the very lucky folks who won one of Mr. Lawson's bridges in one of the promotional draws he has held. I have been playing for about a year and a half on an entry level open back banjo fitted with a Grover maple bridge with I guess it is a bone insert. Mostly I play below the 7th fret and that has let me set up the banjo to be fairly plunky but pretty decent from the 7th fret down and I thought I was pretty happy with the whole deal.

When I opened the package last night my first impression was geez this is a work of art not a bridge and I sort of just stared at it for a half hour trying to figure out how anyone could possibly make something with that many curves and tapers and still get perfect symmetry.

I diddled around with it for a half hour then put it away. This evening I have spent about 4 hours giving it a decent workout. Here are some comments..
-I had asked Mr. Lawson for a 2.3 gram bridge because I wanted to stay on the plunky side. I was a bit worried that I asked for a bridge that was going to be too heavy but now I think I can say that 2.3 grams is about right for my open back.
- one of the more obvious differences with the camo bridge is volume. The increase in volume with the camo frog on my banjo was startling. With the Grover bridge my maximum volume was not only much less but the useful range of volume that I was able to control was sort of tight. The camo frog gives me a louder max volume and I believe it gives me a quieter useful minimum as well (ie it seemed more responsive to a softer touch). I have pretty much conditioned myself to not making much use of this dynamic because I didnt have much to work with so I need to do some work to be able to use the new range I have available.

-The next most obvious difference was what happened up the neck. With the Grover bridge by the time I got up to the 12th fret I found that most of the time I got more of a plink than a ringing note. The camo frog however gives me an actual ringing note on all the strings right up the neck. Ok ok there still isnt much sustain at the 18th fret but there is still a definite audible ring to the notes that wasnt there at all with the Grover. I suppose that with a better setup I might have been able to improve what the Grover was giving me but I was pretty happy with the sound I was getting from the 7th fret down which is mostly where I play and I didnt want to mess with that.
-I do get a bit more sustain from the 7th fret down but not so much more that I have an urge to try to dampen it at all. The bridge does not appear so far to be causing any sort of overtone issues.
-Not sure if all the camo frogs are compensated but the one I have is. If I was perhaps more experienced I would be able to tell if this has made much of a difference but the truth is that so far I havent noticed a difference that I could attribute to the bridge being compensated. Im sure some of that comes from not playing much up the neck. I can however say that whenever I changed strings with the Grover I was able to set the 2 outside strings bang on and the inside strings were what they were and that wasnt always very close to being accurate. With camo frog I have only done this once but I can say that I was able to get the 2 outside strings bang on and the inside strings were so close to being bang on that they were just about perfect. I just am not able to detect what that does for me.

Overall the bridge has done everything Mr. Lawson said it would do. I got improved clarity, and a big improvement in tone and volume. I love it. I havent seen anything that resembles a downside to the bridge and really no reason to rate it at anything other than a 10.

I will say that I live in Canada and I wanted to mention that the bridge cleared through our customs people without being opened and without attracting import duties and no attempt was made to collect sales tax on it, so Canadians who buy one can probably look forward to not having to pay any additional charges involved with importing one.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bridge
submitted 9/17/2012

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO classifieds

Overall Comments


Steve Davis repaired a bridge that I butchered with some needle files and just want to let you all know that he does this work in addition to making new bridges. Outstanding craftsman. Don't throw that good bridge away just because it has a little damage. Contact Steve and go from there. My Snuffy is healthy again!!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 9/11/2012

Submitter

Big I (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Hangout member

Overall Comments


I tried a lot of different bridges on my RB-4 copy but was never satisfied with the tone. That was until I put Tim purcel's Dogwood bridge on. This bridge gave my banjo the growl I had been searching for.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Virgil Lawson Camo-Frog Compensated bridge
submitted 8/28/2012

Submitter

buckholler (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Virgil Lawson

Overall Comments


I will admit I really wanted this bridge because it was very cool looking. When I got it it was very well made and looked great. Once I put it on my banjo all I can say is WOW!!!! Its soo much clearer sounding, great tone, and the added volume is very nice. My old bridge was ok but this bridge is over the top. Virgil made me a compensated bridge (.656 height, 2 gram weight) My banjo was set up for 5/8 bridge, the only tweaking I had to do was a 1/4 turn of the tailpiece to get it up to speed. Everything else was good, even with the new height. Thanks Virgil for a great bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veeerman 2 Foot Tenor Banj Bridge
submitted 8/20/2012

Submitter

shannonhearne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly From Bart

Overall Comments


An absolute 10! The bridge is a beautiful piece of work, and my Century old Vega has never sounded as good; projection, claity, intonation, timbre,
and no floppy 4'th string!

Beyond that, Bart is an amazing guy, a consumate professional, and a pleasure to work with.

--Shannon Hearne

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 8/20/2012

Submitter

chadp (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


HOLY CRAP. I didn't know it was possible for my banjo to have such clear, loud tone. I love it. It's like having a new instrument, I had to force myself to put it down to write this review.

If you're in any way second guessing it, don't. Just send him your money.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buulfrog bridge-
submitted 8/18/2012

Submitter

Frailinaway (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Virgil Lawson, BHO

Overall Comments


I purchased the Bullfrog 3-in-1 bridge in an attempt to simplify the changes necessary with my long neck when using or not using a capo and going from frailing to two finger to three finger playing styles. This bridge meets those needs perfectly! The action can be raised or lowered by simply and quickly moving the strings to one of the three heights and they require a minimum of re-tuning in the new location. I couldn't be more pleased with the bridge!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Piano Bridge
submitted 8/17/2012

Submitter

impickin5 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I bought 1928 TB3 conversion back in April, 2010 and it had a Frank Neat bridge on it. I really liked the tone I was getting with that bridge, but being the "tinkeraholic" that I am, I tried 6 or 8 other top name bridges that I had in my collection, but always went back to the Frank Neat as the best. In August, 2012, I decided I wanted to try something else, so I ordered and received one of Tim Purcell's "Old Piano Wood" bridges.

After receiving the bridge from Tim and after switching back and forth between Tim's bridge and the Frank Neat a few times, I liked Tim's bridge better. It gives the banjo a little "drier", clearer tone with volume to spare. I would highly recommend Tim's bridges.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arthur Hatfield Compensated bridge
submitted 8/16/2012

Submitter

Mailman Ron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Arthur

Overall Comments


Arthur makes a fantastic bridge. Most compensated bridges are too heavy and thick by nature of their offsets. Mr. Hatfield's bridge is slimmer than the Grover it replaced, eliminated all the up-the-neck intonation issues, and gave my rb-250 new snap, crackle and pop. He charges $20, dirt cheap for a hand crafted bridge. No need to read any more reviews, call Arthur and enjoy the results!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Purcell Bridge
submitted 7/27/2012

Submitter

DEmery (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


Tim's bridges are traditionally built for bluegrass banjos and are made from select woods, controlled by mass, and nicely designed. Bridges I have gotten are built of woods more specifically built for open back banjos using spruce and locust capped with Gabon ebony. Of the bridges I have used, Tim's produce more volume, and tone than others used over many years of playing banjo. Too, Tim is a responsive and friendly BHO member to deal with during the purchase process.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges "Pineywood" dam spillway bridge
submitted 7/20/2012

Submitter

rvrose (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Don

Overall Comments


I bought two for my main banjos in 2010 and haven't went back. It does definitely have more note distinction and fewer overtones. I noticed it most with my hammer-ons which were much more clear. It's definitely a keeper. Thanks for another winning bridge design!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges kat eyz bridge by Mike Smith
submitted 7/13/2012

Submitter

01charles (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from kat eyz site

Overall Comments


litterally cant say enough about these bridges.craftsmanship and packaging are top notch.Mike writes all specs on case.tried bridge with old strings difference was amazing.then replaced strings and reset.It sounds like a different banjo highs were muddy now sharp and clear .4th rich and full with great volume.highly recommend !

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Steve Davis Continuous Foot Bridge
submitted 7/3/2012

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Steve Davis

Overall Comments


This newly designed bridge by Steve is outstanding. I am getting more clarity with some added sustain as well from this interesting bridge. And my banjo even seems easier to tune. Thanks to Steve for his continued perseverence in developing and making great bridges. I give this bridge a ten.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buckeye Banjos Solid Foot Bridge
submitted 6/30/2012

Submitter

black flag (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Greg at a festival

Overall Comments


A great big "me too" on the Buckeye bridge. It replaced the Moon bridge I've had for years on my Kalamazoo and I heard a modest but noticeable improvement in the volume and warmth. Good note separation too.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Piano Bridge
submitted 6/23/2012

Submitter

Big I (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


This bridge is Awesome. Powerful and clear. Great lows and highs. What else do you need.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bullfrog Bridge
submitted 6/4/2012

Submitter

danielburdett (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Virgil Lawson

Overall Comments


Virgil was nice enough to let me try out his compensated radius bridge. This bridge really is amazing. The harmonics that this bridge has given my banjo is like no other bridge that I've tried. The quality of craftsmanship is like no other as well. The first thing that I noticed after putting the bridge on my banjo was the amount of vibration I could feel through the resonator of my banjo. Not just on one string either. The 3rd and 4th string really sing with this bridge on. One of my band members even mentioned that my banjo sounded much better, and I hadn't told him about the change of bridge. I would highly recommend trying out one of his bridges. He is also and extremely nice person to deal with and will work with you to customize your bridge in any way you choose. All of my future banjos already have bullfrog bridges on them!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buulfrog bridge-
submitted 5/31/2012

Submitter

Aradobanjo (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

April 23

Overall Comments


Virgil Lawson offered those with radiused fret boards to try his radiused bridges. I ordered mine for an RB-12 which is 12" radiused fretboard. Virgil was offering 14" radius. This one was custom made by Virgil.

The original was a Grover. The instrument was bought New/Used. In other words, it had been sitting in its case for nearly 7 years. The switch was easy with the added surprise that the string spacing was for Crow. Fantastic. With the Bullfrog in place, customizing its placement was much easier than with the Grover. Playing the banjo was much better with the BuulFrog. I am including a Youtube video which will allow you to listen for the difference between the two. At 2.0 oz., this is now my main bridge. I recommend Virgil's craftsmanship with His bridges. The notes seem clearer on the low end than before. This is a very good enhancement to any radiused fretboard banjo.

http://youtu.be/euXcvwbKph8

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Red Maple Bridge
submitted 5/30/2012

Submitter

Logtown (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjo.com

Overall Comments


I replaced the original bridge on my Scruggs Deluxe with the Sosbee Red Maple Bridge. Someone who specializes in banjo setups did the work. The bridge is an upgraded sound but I found the bridge lacking as far as being totally ready to go on the banjo. Files were needed to remove burrs on the ebony saddle. Strings buzzed until we could get the ebony grooves ready. I thought the bridges had a little more attention to detail paid to them and would be more ready to just set on the banjo and go.

Overall Rating

7


Bridges Steve Davis compensated bridge
submitted 5/18/2012

Submitter

rbergesch (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


I just want to add my $.02 to praise Steve's bridges, and then a whole lot more to praise Steve himself as a craftsman and a banjo guy (whatever that may be, I mean it in the best possible way.)

I'm fortunate to live in Maine, so it was a pleasant trip up to Port Clyde with my recently purchased Vega ST-5. The instrument is still new to me, and I'm really liking it as I get used to it, but there were some minor intonation quirks up the neck that seemed to indicate a compensated bridge. Because we had the instrument at hand; and I wanted to add a little height over the existing bridge (which was, I think, OEM,) Steve ended up making a custom bridge from an existing blank which he had prepared previously, essentially on the spot.

Works just fine. Intonation up the neck is just right, and the tone has more clarity and sparkle; which is what I love in a banjo.

And the bonus at the end of the process was that Steve pulled out his Gibson-based 5 string, which Jim Cox had modified some years ago, and played some great tunes... Altogether a great banjo day in Maine for Bob...

But back to the bridge. Steve's bridge solved my tuning problem and it made my banjo sound better, so what better outcome could I have had?

Talk or write to Steve, and he can probably do the same for your instrument, too.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz McCormick "Spice"
submitted 5/16/2012

Submitter

Ralph Stanley legend (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith

Overall Comments


This is the 2nd bridge I have purchased from Mike. It has an African Blackwood top. This bridge is soooooo close to my Submerged Maple Kat Eyz and they are BOTH superb.
Both bridges give great power, vibration through the entire Banjo, and a clean crisp SIZZLE.
Of course, my 1988 Stelling is a great Banjo, but Mike's bridges are simply amazing. Top, top product.
UPDATE; I tried a Gary Sosebee select ( Canadian maple ) bridge on my Stelling and in the open positions, it was very good. Good bass, clean and crisp, though not quite as much vibration through the neck I felt. Also, capoed up, it lost a little sustain, where the McCormick Spice Maple really excels.

I just don't think this bridge can be bettered. If you have one, let me know !

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Doc's Cathedral Bridge
submitted 5/15/2012

Submitter

xixiant (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

docsbanjos.com

Overall Comments


I deliberated over this bridge only a couple of days, even though it's the most expensive bridge I've purchased. Like a lot of banjo players with access to the internet at work (uhhh), I've read a fair amount about how different bridges can affect tone. The philosophy behind this bridge jives with everything I've read.

To sum it up:
It is by far the best bridge I've yet to put on any of my banjos (and I've got some nice ones now). It's compensated. It makes a complete connection between all the strings and the head of the banjo. It's vertically laminated, which is a totally new fancy feature that was previously unknown to me (and may explain why it sounds so much better than any of the other bridges I've tried out).

It is absolutely beautiful. Both in appearance and sound. It is a work of art in every way. It is perfect. I could not be happier.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Davis Banjo Bridge
submitted 5/14/2012

Submitter

andrewsan (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Steve Davis

Overall Comments


My 2nd Steve Davis bridge arrived last Wednesday or Thursday and it fit my old, no-name open back with Aguila Nylgut strings very well! I did have to file the slot a bit for several of the strings, but that was easy. I like the bird's eye maple and will order it again if I go for a 3rd bridge...but I will probably add the ebony top. Steve's $30 price tag is high when you're comparing a Davis bridge to some of the other handmade bridges available from other Hangout members. But if you like his design and the robust construction, coupled with very nice woods, I suggest you take the plunge. Steve is easy to work with via e-mail and his "try before you buy" policy is a plus. I like his design very much. It's artistic, unique, and very sturdy. The form and function work well together. I rate his bridges a "9" just because I think the price is a tad high...I'd like to see them sold for $28. But $2 won't keep me from buying again if I want a 3rd Steve Davis! Very nice bridges!

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 5/9/2012

Submitter

banjobeat63 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


The Old Piano Hard Maple Bridge confident by exceptional strong volume and clear reproduction even the neck up. as usual perfect processing by tim! highly recommended!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Gary Sosebee "European Beech" Bridge
submitted 5/9/2012

Submitter

markohio1349 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Gary Sosebee

Overall Comments


This Beech wood is a great formula for a banjo bridge. It really sounds wonderful, better than any other bridge I have tried. Very warm with great depth. I think it sounds better than maple and Birch.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman "Archie" bridge
submitted 4/18/2012

Submitter

bcmi (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


I have tried the Veerman mystery, Enigma, and archies and they are all some of the best bridges ive played with, for tone, clarity, projection, and note separation. Bart is an awesome guy to deal with that goes above and beyond to make sure a person is happy .

Overall Rating

10


Bridges tim purcell bridge
submitted 3/29/2012

Submitter

Twiss (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

via internet

Overall Comments


Fantastic product, unbelievable customer service, OUTSTANDING overall!!!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buulfrog bridge-
submitted 3/26/2012

Submitter

tmarshall (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I just replaced my Washburn bridge with one of Virgil Lawsons
Bullfrog bridges and I'm so glad I did. Banjo is so much brighter sounding now from top to bottom, and as a bonus I
found that it's easier to play because I'm not fighting to get the
volume and tone I want. Try it, you'll like it!

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 3/26/2012

Submitter

blindjesse (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

elderly.com

Overall Comments


Very nice tone. Good workmanship. 1st string slot is a little wide but not bad.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 3/25/2012

Submitter

erikforgod (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Tims shop

Overall Comments


For my Goodtime Crow banjo, this is my second Tim Purcell banjo bridge that I have ordered from Tim after having such excellent results with the .656 bridge that he crafted for my Classic Goodtime scooped neck banjo. This banjo bridge is a standard 5/8s size and is also made from the curly maple Tim harvested from an old turn of the cenrtury Milton piano. The bridge like, my other one, is ebony capped and also has the "G" string slightly compensated. The result with regards too response, sustain and clarity and volume is... as expected..."phenomenal!" With my Goodtime Crow...it was like night and day when compared to the Deering stock bridge that came with my banjo. There is no doubt that whatever banjo I have will immediately be fitted with one of Tims finely crafted bridges. In actuality Tim made me three bridges, but the first one was lost in shipment on its way here to Argentina. When I mentioned this to Tim he kindly, without hesitation, tooled up and assmebled me another bridge and promptly mailed it to me...no questions asked!! Customer service just doesnt get any friendlier than that. If you are needing a new bridge for your banjo, I recommend you email or call Mr Purcell in North Carolina...you wont regret it!

http://www.purcell-banjo-bridges.com/

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buulfrog bridge-
submitted 3/14/2012

Submitter

AlandEm (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO-vlawson

Overall Comments


This bridge is awesome. I bought two, gently compensated, 2.0 g bridges. One 11/16, and one .656. The 11/16 went on my 03 golden era and instantly opened it up, and improved the tone all over the neck. The really great thing is that the respoonsiveness is just amazing, it makes playing up the neck easy and sounds great. Then you go down the neck and have unlimited growl and all the bite you need. I had a snuffy smith on before so it was no slouch, but now it is just amazing. This bridge will make any banjo come alive.(tried it on a bottlecap, goodtime, and 93 flatiron, and ALL were improved) BUY ONE!!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz McCormick "Spice"
submitted 3/11/2012

Submitter

SBPARK (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Custom order

Overall Comments


I am new to playing the banjo, and come from the guitar world, so my knowledge of the banjo and experience is limited, so take my review with a grain of salt, but hopefully someone can get something from my review.

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I custom ordered a bridge from Mike for a recently acquired Recording King RK-87. It's a beautiful banjo, but sounded a tad tinny and thin to me, although the banjo had a ton of sustain. The only other banjo I rally had to compare it to that I had actually played were an RK-35 (that sounded 'angrier' to me if that makes sense, and fatter) and my buddy's Goodtime 2. I told mike that it would be nice to have the banjo sound a little bigger, fatter, rounder (although I know since the banjo is maple, it will be a bit more bright, perhaps harsh than mahogany.)

Mike suggested the McCormick spice bridge, ebony top, and I wanted to go with an 11/16 over the stock 5/8 and went with the pegged top. Mike decided a slightly heavier bridge weight of 2.2 oz.

While I was waiting for Mike's bridge I also tried a Style II Snuffy Smith 11/16 bridge, and although it made the banjo even louder, it now had these sort of harsh overtones that would ring out for a while. When I received Mike's bridge I immediately noticed a difference (and yeah, it was THAT noticeable, which surprised me.) I may lost a SMALL amount of volume, and I mean small amount, but much clearer, cleaner tone, not harsh at all, more balanced and no harsh overtones. Just more solid all around and much more pleasing to (my) ear.

Mike told me to try out the bridge for a week or so before committing to it, but I can honestly say I am sold already after a day of playing. He is a very pleasant and nice person to deal with, has great customer service, and just seems like an all-around good person who I would not hesitate to do business with again in the future. Although, as we already know, there is no one magical bridge that works on every banjo, but if you are looking for a bridge and still trying to dial in your tone, you should definitely give a Kat Eyz a try.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Emerson Power Bridge
submitted 3/6/2012

Submitter

CitifiedCntryBoy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kelly Emerson

Overall Comments


I found this bridge through a web search because I didn't like the sound I was getting from my starter banjo (Fender FB 300). I'm lucky enough to be in the area and Kelly installed and adjusted the bridge and entire banjo. Let me tell you, this thing went from a cheap knock-around introductory banjo to a sweet-toned loud professional sound like there was some magic going on. I took it home and played it for an hour and it's like the thing was playing itself. The lower action helped there a bit. Beautiful sound, great price, and good people.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Steve Davis compensated bridge
submitted 3/6/2012

Submitter

Jason Wilkerson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Steve

Overall Comments


Extremely high quality. Produces a rich and interesting tone.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 2/20/2012

Submitter

big_al (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bridge giveaway prize

Overall Comments


I won a bridge from Tim here on the hangout. Even though I live in New Zealand, he was quite happy to post it to me free of charge. His customer service is fantastic. Even though the bridge was a prize, he custom made it to my required specs and made sure it arrived. And lo and behold, it sounds great. Thanks Tim.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kat Eyz Submerged maple Bridge
submitted 2/15/2012

Submitter

Ralph Stanley legend (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith's website

Overall Comments


I purchased a Kat Eyz Submerged maple bridge from Mike Smith for my 1988 Stelling Whitestar. Great, great bridge. Notes sizzle, neck vibrates on and on... very happy with the sound.
Workmanship is first rate and service is fantastic.
Highly recommended. Thanks Mike !

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Gary Sosebee "European Beech" Bridge
submitted 2/15/2012

Submitter

pickalot (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Gary

Overall Comments


"Gary.......you have got to be the greatest bridge maker that's ever walked the earth! This beech bridge is unbelievable! I could go on and on about it, but I know you've got better things to do than read for the next 30 minutes........"

All I can say is that the Sosebee "submerged wood bridge" has been great on my archtop for the past (almost 2 years), so I was almost bewildered as to why I wanted to try something different.

I have a very strong right hand and would many times "over pick" trying to get more volume and would overplay my strings.......so I went to heavier strings. That helped give me the resistance I needed to get the volume up some, but I lost some of the sweet tone and the highs weren't as apparent. I eventually went back to light gauge and now play into a mike with our band.

But now I have this Sosebee 5/8", std. spacing, tone monster "beech" bridge!!........wow, what a bridge!!! Unlike the other bridge there's a slight resistance to the beech bridge that I really, really like and need. Every note on the fingerboard is full and dynamic....no dead or weak spots. I now have volume far beyond what I have ever experienced on my banjo. The growl is there. The highs and mids are all I could ever ask for. The tone I'm getting is awesome! I PLAY this bridge better. I picked for 3 hours as soon as it came in and did not want to quit. I can hardly wait for our next band practice.

How can any bridge be better than this beech bridge? My banjo is even staying in tune better!!....go figure!

I will probably order 3 more just like it pretty soon.....a spare for the archtop and 2 for my new flathead.

Tone rings, wood rims and good set-ups are all very important....but "the bridge" is the key to the best sound any banjo has to give.

My overall rating for this bridge is 1000!

SOSEBEE BEECH RULES!!!

Pickalot

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 2/12/2012

Submitter

jbanjoist (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


Tim's bridges are excellent and he will work hard to get you the banjo sound you are looking for.
From custom sound to custom design Tim will fix you right up at a good price and with a great turnaround time on orders.
Thanks Tim!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Gary Sosebee Cotton Mill 5/8 in. bridge
submitted 2/6/2012

Submitter

shannonhearne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Gary On Ebay

Overall Comments


An excellent bridge, everything you would expect from a Sosebee Bridge ..... woods, craftsmanship, ...everything is first rate. And Gary shipped it lightning fast!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 2/2/2012

Submitter

erikforgod (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Purcell Banjo Bridges

Overall Comments


This bridge is extremely well made with a nice ebony "cap" with the "g" string compensated. I had an issue with some buzzing on my new Goodtime Classic scooped neck banjo. I exchanged emails with Tim and he quickly and kindly recommended to me a size .656 custom bridge for my banjo. I chose the "piano" maple cut bridge with the ebony cap. My banjo neck now tracks perfectly, no buzzing whatsoever and I have noticed increased sustain in clarity of notes and volume. Tim treated me with good ole "North Carolina" hospitality, and his service was prompt and professional...I personally recommend his fine bridges to anyone!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Piano Bridge
submitted 1/27/2012

Submitter

rebelchile (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


I wanted to try a different bridge on my Mastertone so I contacted Tim and chose a Piano Bridge. I was amazed at the volume and clarity in this bridge, I would definately buy another one from him. The craftsmanship is over the top professional, very nice work. He is also very easy to deal with and a nice guy as well.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 1/25/2012

Submitter

Todd Taylor (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Pucell

Overall Comments


I just got a few banjo Bridges from Tim Purcell of "Purcell Banjo Bridges"
I have always played Kat Eyz from Mike and I still love his Bridges, but man I also love Purcell Banjo Bridges I put two on two of my archtop banjos and two on my Flatheads Gibson Banjos, man they sound sweet great bass responce and really sound good they have real clarity very clean sound all they way down to the last fret. If you are wanting to try another Banjo Bridge try one of his they are sweet and they will not break the bank their priced right and made well.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 1/9/2012

Submitter

Banjophobic (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


Tim sent me this 5/8 "piano wood" bridge, with ebony top. This wood is recovered from old pianos and is the first one of Tim's bridges I've used in the shop, or on my personal banjos. There have been great things said about his bridges so I decided to add a few of them to my shop stock.
Let me say first that the overall craftsmanship is first rate, from the look, cut of the wood and notches for the strings. My first impressions after trying it on the customers' banjo in the shop was always that the bridge was very consistently solid sounding with excellent volume and separation of notes. The tone is very deep, full, with good hollowness and 'dry' sounding (no bad overtones). It sounded excellent on about every banjo, imparting that dry old sound most Scruggs players desire.
Then, I decided to put it on my prewar tenor flat head conversion 'jo. Let me say that I've used/use many great quality bridges on this banjo over the years. But this Piano bridge is THE best sounding bridge for this old Mastertone that I have ever used,period. The only words I can use to express the tone is dry,full,deep, but with exceptional power up the neck and amazing clarity of notes. The note separation is also phenomenal. The bridge has now had a full day of hard playing and it has settled in to be a killer bridge.
Im not one to go on and on so much about something like a bridge, but this one deserves it.
If you own a flat head banjo and want to give it that older sounding pop and clarity, but keep the depth too, this could very well be that bridge. Tim also has excellent customer service. I Highly recommend this bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges The Frog
submitted 1/6/2012

Submitter

bkdraft (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Virgil Lawson

Overall Comments


Was looking for alterntive to the Grover bridge that come on my Maple Bossom, so I contacted Virgil about his Frog Bridge. He sent me a bridge with the specs I asked for and it made the banjo come alive. Virgil is a real stand up guy and easy to work with. HIghly recommend you give him a try.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 12/28/2011

Submitter

banjobeat63 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tim Purcell WebSite

Overall Comments


One more time! The best bridges, magnificent extraordinary craftsmanship!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Wadsworth Bridges
submitted 11/27/2011

Submitter

Pickin furry paws (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Through Hangout member along with several other parts

Overall Comments


I am very impressed with this bridge. While not for everyone, it certainly does the trick in getting what most pickers would want. I purchased it in accordance with my upgraded banjo, since it was recommended to me; although I can't see why it wouldn't work on many other banjos, too.

For those looking for that elusive prewar rumble, this bridge will not disappoint. The key is to leave it on the banjo for 48 hours...every single one I have tried, while slightly different in tone, opens up wonderfully. The bridges sound rather average and unappealing when first installed - it takes a little while being installed and picked to really shine. Don't be affraid to pick it hard for the first few days, either. They all seem to like that. Once the bridge has opened up, they will bounce back amazingly quick to the "ideal" spot even if the entire banjo hasn't been played for days.

One of my favorite things about the bridge is how light weight they are. Because the wood is much drier than most other bridges I have tried, this means you can have a slightly thicker/taller bidge without the normal change in tone and volume usually associated with them. I've been using 11/16" bridges forever, simply because I like that particular height, but I have never been satisfied with the tone they give. The smaller 5/8" bridges have always sounded better to me, since the smaller mass brings out the kind of tones I like to hear in a banjo. With the Wadsworth bridges, that problem is gone!

I don't think they really "add" any particular tonal quality to the instrument as far as "highs," "lows," or "mids." The main thing seems to be that they just don't take anything away - they make each banjo's voice on which they're installed sound their best. I highly recommend Dave Wadsworth's product, especially for Mastertone-style banjos.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 11/10/2011

Submitter

banjobeat63 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Tium Purcell

Overall Comments


Precise manufactured bridge, which produce a fantastic sound! The bridges have ordered online and received very quickly!
Thank you Tim

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Zimmerman 'Vintage Z Elite' Bridge
submitted 11/3/2011

Submitter

Pickin furry paws (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

First Quality Music

Overall Comments


I purchased an 11/16" height bridge from FQMS back in November 2006 and have been very pleased with the bridge over the past six years.

The initial thing I noted about the bridge was the quality of fit and finish: the work was clean and suberb. Unlike a great many of the other makers' bridges out there, the Zimmerman bridge was perfect: every line, angle, and profile was super smooth and fine. There was no chipping, denting, unevenness, or roughness of any kind. It was clear the bridge had been given special attention by the maker.

Second, the design was excellent. I particularly like the fact that they didn't rely on a 1/8+ strip of ebony at the top...theirs is much thinner. Again, a lot of the other makers use quite a hefty slab of ebony at the top of their bridges. This is done because ebony warms and deepens the tone generally, and this I believe was done to accomodate the growing popularity of the "thunking, woody" sounding banjo tones more prevalent nowadays. While that is fine, I have run into problems with these type of bridges; the tone ended up being far too muddy and clunky for my tastes. As a Scruggs picker looking for the "keening tones" of old, I needed a bridge that gave me that.

Zimmerman has one of the answers, for sure. The tone is certainly rich; at proper head tensions on tone ring banjos (G - A tapped), the bridge delivers a surprising amount of bass response for how thin it is - but it does not loose volume or musicality. Many of the other bridges I've tried lost some of their pleasant, musical nature when trying to deliver more bass tones. Not this bridge.

While I don't believe that a bridge can give you every single thing you want (it is a natural product), this one comes very, very close at doing just that.

The volume is also impressive. This is probably due to the wonderful quality of the Timeless Timber maple, which is old, dry, and treated. It is slightly less weight then virgin maple, and I think this improves the resonance of the bridge.

Finally, the treble is very sweet. Perhaps a bit too sweet for my personal tastes. This is perhaps the bridge's only weakness. It warms the treble so much that it gets just a little clang-y, losing some of the Scruggsy, bell-like sweetness I like to hear in a Gibson banjo. A simple remidy for this would be to moderately increase head tension.

Overall, though, this is an excellent, excellent bridge. Did I also forget to mention that it "plays in" with use? Superb!

I highly recommend Mr. Zimmerman's product.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Arthur Hatfield Compensated bridge
submitted 10/18/2011

Submitter

firemx220 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Hatfield Banjo's

Overall Comments


I've always heard good things about Hatfield banjos and never found a bad post about them. Usually there is at least one who leaves a negative comment. Then I read about people really liking his bridge so, I had to give it a try. I was very happy with my Greg Deering bridge and didn't think it could get better. Well it did!!!! This is by far the best bridge I ever tried. Everything sounded soooo clean and crisp. I would recommend this bridge to anyone!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sullivan Old Growth Bridge 5/8"
submitted 10/3/2011

Submitter

bgdc11 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

FQMS

Overall Comments


This is the second bridge that I've purchased to try to upgrade my Gumby-era Goodtime. I tried the Snuffy Smith III and that was definitely an improvement over the Goodtime stock bridge. But the Sullivan Old Growth is an improvement over the Snuffy. More volume and more bark and pop. Some folks might find the tone a little too bright (particularly the 1st string). Note that this is a thin bridge so be careful when installing it. It also will move if you bump it. But overall, this was a good investment and I'd recommend it to Goodtime owners who want an inexpensive upgrade.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Steve Davis compensated bridge
submitted 9/27/2011

Submitter

wb4yal (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mail order

Overall Comments


I was having problems with the tuning of my fourth string. I contacted Steve and he sent one of his compensated bridges out for me to try. After getting the intonation setup correct, I checked the fourth string with my auto tuner. To my great surprise, it was now right on the spot. It was not sharp on the third thru fifth fretted notes anymore. I listened closely to the tone my banjo now has and this too was a pleasant Surprise! Better tone and less harmonics AND in tune. You can't ask for more than that. Thanks Steve!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arnold Clayton Bridge
submitted 9/14/2011

Submitter

Pre War Pyramid 9331-14 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Arnold Clayton

Overall Comments


Well, I met Arnold several months ago when he purchased a Bilt-Rite banjo capo from me. We have become fast friends since then. Arnold is the maker of The Pyramid Banjo that's out there right now for purchase. ( by the way > these are GREAT banjos ) I wanted to try his PreWar style 2 - legged bridge that I had been hearing so much about from my good buddy and expert luthier Don Bryant. Arnold got the bridges to me just in time to celebrate my birthday, ( and Bill Monroe's ) on September 13. >>> WOW, WOW, WOW is all I've got to say about them. They sound fantastic and look so cool at the same time. They beefed up the tone & volume and look TOTALLY PreWar !!! I just love these bridges and they look and sound so great on a banjo. I HIGHLY suggest these for your banjo and Arnold is one cool guy !!! A great gentleman to do business with. He is SO KNOWLEDGEABLE about banjos as he's been making banjos and bridges and such for over 20 years. He's tried EVERYTHING and completely understands all the magical STUFF that goes into banjo knowledge. Treat yourself to one of these UNIQUE banjo bridges.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arnold Clayton Bridge
submitted 9/6/2011

Submitter

justryin2play (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Arnold Himself

Overall Comments


Great bridge !!!
The note separation and clarity is phenomenal, not to mention the cool PW two-legged heart shape. He makes these from 100 year old salvaged maple and Holly ( I believe that's what he told me), anyway, great bridge.
Contact Arnold for these folks, gonna post a pics of them on my homepage.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arnold Clayton Bridge
submitted 9/4/2011

Submitter

bryantde (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Mr. Clayton

Overall Comments


I got this bridge from Arnold at Banjothon in January and forgot I had it!
Have recently put together a style RB-00 cut with a Clayton pyramid tone ring and I had a Snuffy on it and it sounded good but when I tried Arnold's bridge I was blown away by the extra note clarity and note separation that it produced.
I immediately ordered more of these bridges from him today!
They look very similar to the heart shaped prewar bridges you see on the old tenors and a few 5 strings.
So they have a prewar look to them as well as producing great tonal qualities.
I highly recommend them....you won't be disappointed.
Don Bryant
Luthier in North Carolina

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arnold Clayton Bridge
submitted 8/25/2011

Submitter

ktbown (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Arnold Clayton

Overall Comments


I am very impressed with the 2 footed bridge Arnold Clayton made for me in a 9/16" height ... swapped out the bridge and was extremely happy with the volume and clarity of tone improvement ....he has really found some good maple to build these out of ...plus the old style design looks correct on this mid 20's banjo ..

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Scorpion 5/8"
submitted 8/14/2011

Submitter

snapjackson (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Silvio Ferretti

Overall Comments


I was very fortunate to have Silvio send me a bridge in the mail. He made no promises or sales pitches, just a simple "try it out and see what you think". Wow...what a fantastic bridge! Bite, bark, volume, note seperation...it has it all! It sounds fantastic on my Deering Calico and it helped bring my Goldstar GF85 to life! A great product from a great guy. I highly recommended it!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Samson walnut/ebony compensated
submitted 8/1/2011

Submitter

TXhookey (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I was looking to improve the sound of my GoldTone BG-250. I tried a Sosebee and several other bridges, but all sounded about the same and very tight/restricted to my ear. I tried the Sampson and was impressed with how it opened up the sound, the resonance and sustain sound is more in tune with the notes played and compliment the song. Did not seem to "mute" the ring, just focused it more to the appropriate frequencies. Now I have to try one on my openback.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Stelling OWB compensated
submitted 7/31/2011

Submitter

McUtsi (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Sture Svarén Musik,Sweden

Overall Comments


The Stelling Old Wood(Birch) compensated bridge turned out
to be the perfect match for my OME Juggernaut banjo ; it´s THE
bridge for banjos w/ lots of "ring".

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman "Archie" bridge
submitted 7/29/2011

Submitter

slowdeath (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjobridge.com

Overall Comments


I'm a believer in the idea that there is a perfect bridge out there for every banjo, and i believe that I have found that for my 1929 Style 4 mastertone. I had tried a snuffy smith, bigfoot, grover among other on this banjo and was never satisfied. The "archie" by Bart Veerman brought this banjo to its potential. What Clarity and Power! Just phenomenal and Bart was a very attentive and helpful person to buy something from.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Red Maple Bridge
submitted 7/6/2011

Submitter

Jody Hughes (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct

Overall Comments


I originally had a Sosebee Cotton Mill bridge on my Scruggs model. I thought it sounded amazing, but then Gary showed me this new Red Maple bridge. My Scruggs model naturally has a bright sustained sound. The Red Maple mellowed it out just enough, increased the bass response, and greatly improved note separation. I couldn't be more pleased with this product.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 6/29/2011

Submitter

kmwaters (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music

Overall Comments


I put a Kateyz Prowler on my Gibson Scruggs and got better sound than the original equipment - just a generic Gibson lightweight that actually had a slant toward the frets. Just didn't deliver the way the Kateyz does.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Style III
submitted 6/24/2011

Submitter

bgdc11 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly

Overall Comments


I bought the Snuffy III to replace the original factory bridge on my Goodtime. The $25 it cost was well worth the investment. I can't say that the difference is "night and day," but certainly the Snuffy added extra punch and snappiness. I did need to experiment with bridge placement and needed to place the Snuffy about 1/16" from where the original Goodtime bridge sat.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Greg Deering Signature bridge 5/8
submitted 6/16/2011

Submitter

firemx220 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Deering

Overall Comments


I didn't thing a bridge could make such a difference. The bridge looks much like the one that came with my Eagle 2 except for Greg's initials on the new one.
My Eagle 2 is a lot louder and brighter now! All my hammer on, pull offs, and slides sound so much cleaner! It's hard to describe but it is easier to play hammer, slide,etc now. I would highly recommend one!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith II
submitted 5/30/2011

Submitter

markohio1349 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Inst.

Overall Comments


Bridge was put on a Deering Eagle. Sound was more balanced from high to low over the stock Deering bridge. Less Crack and more plunk over stock. I did not like the sound when the Snuffy was put on my Goodtime II with renaissance head it was way too "ringy."

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Big Foot Bridge
submitted 5/25/2011

Submitter

JC12string (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Stringbean 45 / Don New

Overall Comments


I have been looking for a bridge to give me a little more control over my tone on my Morgan Monroe Cameron open back with W/L tone ring. I do some finger picking (no metal pics), but mostly CH. I tried a couple capped bridges, but decided to give Mr. New's Big Foot a shot, mainly 'cause it looks unique. After having it on a few days and running it through it's courses, let me offer the following:

CRAFTSMANSHIP: neat looking and well made bridge. Feet touch the banjo just right. Slots were just right (crowe spacing requested and done well). I like how it looks as well with it's little feet sticking out. Not the easiest to change in and out without doing a lot of slacking the strings and re-tuning, but I can't see how to fix that issue.

TONE: The thing I notice the most about this bridge was how well it brought out the bass end. The highs picked up some punch, too, but the bass is more noticeable. The other thing I like is I feel I have more control over the range of loudness and quietness with this bridge. I use my banjo in church and need to be quiet, but clear. I like what this bridge does for that.

Some of you may or may not like this, but I think the sustain is nice with this bridge. There isn't a quick fade, but I consider that a strength.

SELLER: I trust Don as a seller. That's all I have to say.

BOTTOM LINE: I will replace this bridge if it breaks, is lost, is bridge-napped, or spontaneously combusts.

Anyone can shoot me a message if they want a more specific opinion.

(the Old Barn one is nice too for a woody sound).

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 5/4/2011

Submitter

BoneDigger (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Dan

Overall Comments


I purchased a set of bridges (3) from Dan and I have to say that I was very impressed with the design and craftsmanship. I tried all three out on my two banjos (RK35 Madison and Deering Goodtime Special). For my purposes, the original worked the best for my Goodtime and the Barn Wood version worked the best for my RK. These bridges offer excellent tone for a great price.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 5/2/2011

Submitter

72chevy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith direct

Overall Comments


got a select spice, ebony topped, 2.5g, standard spaced bridge in his original design from Mike. This is a great bridge. Better than all I have tried thus far on the banjo it rests on. HIGHLY recommend.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges DONALD NEW SPILLWAY BANJO BRIDGE
submitted 4/19/2011

Submitter

JimThorn (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From the maker

Overall Comments


I highly recommend this bridge. It reduced the overly bright tone of my Fender banjo. It is well crafted, and just looks awesome. If you're in the market for a bridge, look no further than the spillway dam style crafted by BHO member stringbean.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Arnold Clayton Bridge
submitted 4/16/2011

Submitter

eMike (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Arnold Clayton

Overall Comments


If you are setting up your banjo and are test driving different bridges, you might want to try the 2-footed bridges that Arnold Clayton is building. I have three of them and have been impressed with the tone and consistency I am getting with them. I have tried them on several of my banjos and they have sounded really good on each one. I have had one of them on a banjo for about a year with no sagging problem. Arnold (aclayton) is a member here on the HO. Give his bridge a try. I think you will like it.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tyri's Organic Compensated by BHO Member Tyri
submitted 4/4/2011

Submitter

championofnorthhuron (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


I originally bought one of BHO member Tyri's 5-string bridges from Ebay. I asked that the bridge be left unslotted, so that I could 'tweak' the height by sanding the top a little and then file my own slots. When I received it the cap wood was not quite wide enough for Crowe spacing, which I prefer. No problem... Tyri was very willing to take the bridge back along with the string width feedback, and promptly made me another to my specifications and liking. That second bridge met my expectations. I am using this bridge for CH, and was looking to hasten the note decay on a banjo that despite having a wooden tone ring... just wouldn't stop. Previously I had been using a towel stuffed in the back, but that was at the expense of volume. Tyri's organic bridge seems to have done the trick; It's subtle but there, without killing the volume. I believe he calls these bridges 'organic' because of the appearance. This is a hand carved bridge, with a very flowing organic look to it. Mine is cherry, with a wenge top. I bought the bridge on purpose to be a little high so I could 'tweak' to my desired height. The top cap was nice and tall, allowing me plenty of room to sand down to where I wanted. I prefer to sand from the top as opposed to sanding down the foot; as the latter reduces the stance thickness. This bridge was generically compensated with a flowing curve. It did require a little angling to get the intonation just right, but way less angling than I had been using with an uncompensated bridge. Once properly positioned the harmonic and fretted 12th on all of the strings matched pretty close; verified by both my ear and my tuner. The feet are nice and wide, making the bridge pretty stable. The wood used is quite beautiful looking and the use of different woods for the body and cap provide a nice contrast. The curves are sinuous looking and the finish is very smooth with just a very light oil to protect and bring out the grain. Due to the organic look and warmer tone I see this as a bridge having greater appeal to the CH/Oldtime player. The price was about the same as you'd pay for any custom bridge, but considering that this bridge is hand carved as opposed to made with machine tools (drills, saws), it's actually inexpensive for the craftsmanship and work that went into it.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Romero
submitted 3/17/2011

Submitter

blockader (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Jason Romero

Overall Comments


I purchased this bridge for an Ome Juniper 12" with wooden "tone rim." the banjo came equipped with a Grover compensated that sounded just okay. It was definitely on the tubby side with somewhat dull high and mid range. The Grover was very plunky but pretty boring. I tried a Moon Light i had laying around but it sounded very thin and overall worse than the Grover.

My initial thought being to order a Moon Heavy, I noticed on Jason's website (i peruse often as i'm on his coveted waiting list) that he sold bridges separately for $30 plus $3 shipping. Based on his reputation and the fact that he makes many of his banjos with wooden rims I figured his bridge would be a safe bet. I was right.

I specified bridge height when checking out via paypal and he had the bridge made and sent within a few days. It took about a week to make it to Georgia. The bridge seems about medium weight and of maple construction with a possibly rosewood cap. It features 3 shallow feet and a hole beneath each string. The arc seems to be the same as the Moon, so it is slightly less compensated than the Grover. The top is flat, not arched like the Moon. The width and spacing were perfect as were the slots. I'm sure he could send it unslotted if the buyer preferred.

The bridge drastically altered the sound of the banjo to the point that my non-musician wife commented that it sounded different and better without prompting. It made the high end not only clearer and more pleasing but louder as well. The mid range tones sound fuller and overall i'd describe the tone as crisper and more bell like. Clucks also come out more pronounced. Overall response also increased, the strings seem more sensitive. This may mainly be a function of increased volume.

The one downside is that the banjo did lose some of its low end growl. I guess its hard to have it all. Luckily, since its a 12" banjo there was some low end growl to spare anyway, and the improvement in the high and mid range far out paces the slight loss of bass. Still, this is the only thing that keeps the bridge from getting a 10 rating. For an 11" banjo I would not be sure the bass would be there with this bridge. Then again i do like the bass.

At about the same price as Moon or comparable products, I would recommend Jason's bridges with confidence. He is such a great guy he'd probably take the sucker back if someone received it and didn't care for the tone. I intend to make some sound comparison MP3s once i get my main computer back up, so check those out on the Hangout.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Buckeye Banjos Solid Foot Bridge
submitted 3/2/2011

Submitter

WGE (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Greg at Buckeye Banjos

Overall Comments


I needed to get a new bridge for my cherry Brooks banjo. I had sanded down my old Sampson walnut bridge a little to improve the action and over time is was starting to sag. I liked the design feature of Greg's solid foot cherry bridge. I got a heavy weight, 9/16 ths inch with Crowe spacing. My initial impression is that this bridge has solidified the bass and is overall a little brighter than the walnut bridge. I personally don't hear any difference in volume but I wasn't looking for that in the first place. I think this is a great bridge and is right up there with the walnut Sampson, my favorites for the last five years. For some reason, I don't care for maple bridges. Cosmetically, the cherry bridge looks nice on the Brooks with a cherry neck and pot and it was reasonably priced to boot. Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges McPeake "Lightning Bolt" five string banjo bridge
submitted 2/15/2011

Submitter

Pickin furry paws (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Friend

Overall Comments


As a picker, I have tried dozens and dozens of banjo bridges. I find it amazing sometimes that I have collected the group that I have, and that I continue to add to it. Who knew that such a little item could end up sounding so "important," right?

The simple fact is that bridges will sound good/bad on any banjo. One thing that stands out to me, though, from the general fact, is that bridges do NOT make HUGE differences on banjos; if someone says they do, then the size of the difference is really the apparent difference to the person, not the actual, quantifiable difference of the part.

That said, I really believed I had "tried it all." That was until I received one of Curtis' bridges.

I am very pleased with this bridge. I know a great many people say this, but I guess you can add me to that list. One thing that pleases me a great deal about this bridge is that it does not take away anything from my banjo: some bridges give you something really good, but take away from something else equally as fine to give you that "boost." This bridge does not do that.

It does not:

1. Sacrifice bass for treble, or vice versa.
2. Sacrifice tone for volume or vice versa.
3. Sacrifice richness for clarity or vice versa.
4. Sacrifice balance for crack or vice versa.

This, more than anything else, is really good to my ear. This lack of extremes may have boosted the volume on my banjo. But there is no way to tell since I am not in possession of a device that measures decibels. I do feel as though my banjo has gotten a little louder, though, because of the sheer lack of negative tones from the bridge.

The construction is impeccable. Joints, feet, cut outs are all done with enough precision to suit my tastes. Plus, all the edges are rounded slightly, eliminating the potential for gouging your fingers or palm.

The string slots are cut very cleanly. Unlike other bridges I have tried, these do not contain chaff or burrs in them from poor slotting. They are also not V-tapered, but a gentle curve perfect for cupping the string. This has really increased the up-the-neck power in my banjo, since the strings touch the whole depth of the slot. Neither are the slots too deep or shallow. The 4th string slot does not swallow the string - something I particularly like since a swallowed D-string tends to impart a rather muddy quality to the note. This one notes very clear and loud.

The maple is open grained and old, a combination you don't normally see in old maple bridges. Typically, you'll find tightly grained maple so dense you have to get a microscope to find the medullary rays. Not this one. These bridges are from 2 - 5 grains (depending on height) and are constructed from old AND CAREFULLY AGED maple. Curtis dries the stuff perfectly, and this results in a bridge that neither wanders, bends, or sags. This lack of sagging is particularly nice as it keeps my 3rd string in more stable pitch. It used to be the offending string all the time, but now that all 5 strings are on the same "level" of vibration, the tone and tuning has improved somewhat.

Bottom line is, this bridge is one of the best values for money I have found. Curtis does not tell a great deal about the bridges on his site because he does not have to...they speak for themselves. They do not offer problems in their new state, and deliever consistant durability later in life. I have seen a great many older prewar banjos and conversions that use his bridges, and I now can see why.

I want to make it clear that this bridge is not a miracle cure for larger tonal/structural issues. Don't expect this little piece of wood to fix a huge problem, be it personal or integral, on the banjo. In other words, it is not going to remidy that lack of power in your open strings, or give you that 40DBs of volume you have been missing. It will enhance any well-constructed banjo by doing what it is supposed to while not interfering with your set-up, taste, or style.

Overall Rating

8


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 2/11/2011

Submitter

teletodd (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Don New

Overall Comments


Got the 3 pack. All are great. The 100 year barn bridge alters tone the most. Best of all he sends all 3 via regular US mail for 72 cents, unlike most Banjo specialty stores that add $5.00 shipping and handling to ship one bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges BRIDGE
submitted 1/4/2011

Submitter

Brooklynbanjoboy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

DNEW45@ATT.NET

Overall Comments


Donald New advertised the Custom Made Douglas Fir Spillway Dam Banjo Bridge on BHO and I was attracted to the tightly grained wood shown in the photo I saw.

http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/18229

In the ad, and the enclosed note that accompanied the bridge, Mr. New said that he hoped the bridge would improve the sound of the buyer’s banjo, and give the buyer “more pleasure” in playing. I thought that was a very modest way of phrasing it. He made no claim or guarantee that the bridge would open up the sound, make the strings magically more playable, improve the intonation, and so on.

The bridge came in the mail yesterday, and I placed it on the banjo this morning. I can’t say that I am getting the sound that I hoped to get from the banjo, largely because I can’t quite put my finger on what sound I thought possible or most desirable, and that might be a function of both the limits of my instrument and “operator error.”

What I can say is that the bridge is a great piece of work, tightly cut, symmetrical, nicely sanded, notched precisely.

And I can say that it does indeed open up the sound, and it does set up a tension on the strings that made them much more playable. I get a much more precise, crisp sound south on the neck toward the rim, and a bit more clarity in chording.

I can say one more thing about this little bridge. I swing between clawhammer and up- picking, and not usually on the same banjo. The banjo in question, a nice RK-50, showed itself not really suited for clawhammering when I first purchased it. After I installed the Spillway Dam Banjo Bridge, this changed. The bridge made the banjo much more clawhammerable. I really didn’t anticipate that dividend. I managed to convince the Wife that I needed this RK-50 for dedicated up picking work, since no self respecting clawhammer banjo would permit bluegrassing up and down the neck. The Spillway Dam Bridge would have made that argument hard to sustain.

It is possible that many other bridges could have yielded this result. But this is the bridge that very quickly brought me improved results in my set up, so I recommend it. It might not stay on the banjo indefinitely; I’ll try any new banjo bridge once. But it will stay on for a while, and I am enjoying the shifts that it has brought to the instrument in terms of playability and sound.

I wonder what the Spillway Dam Bridge would do to any of my clawhammer open back banjos? I might just have to satisfy that curiousity.

Here’s the ad:

http://www.banjohangout.org/classified/18229

V/R,

Lew

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Scorpion 5/8"
submitted 12/15/2010

Submitter

manomusic (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly instruments

Overall Comments


I was a bit skeptical as to wether another bridge would actually make much difference but what a difference it did make!
Brilliant.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Emerson Power Bridge
submitted 10/23/2010

Submitter

Voyageur (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kelly Emerson

Overall Comments


If you are looking for volume along with a punchy, edgy tone, this bridge cannot be beat! I bought this for a Whyte Laydie banjo (old pot with Reiter neck). I could never get the sound I wanted from the banjo, so I tried this bridge. It made such a difference that I decided to try it out on my OME Otis Taylor. I've been playing amateur gigs with a small group of people, and have been wishing my banjo had more volume. WOW! This bridge really does the trick! The banjo sounds about 40% louder and has a lot of punch and clarity. I am going to try the Emerson II "Sweet Power" bridge as well, as I won't always want that much volume.

Really, if you are looking for a loud, edgy tone this bridge will do that for your banjo!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Fielding A1
submitted 9/16/2010

Submitter

BasicBoston (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly

Overall Comments


I just finished testing 6 different bridges on my new bellflower, Red Dot, Sosebee, Grover, Snufty Smith, Lamson, and Fielding. To my amazement, truly expecting the Snufty to raise to the top. I found that the Fielding bridge out performed all of them. Not by just a little but by a large margin, it was like flipping on a switch. The reason for choosing the Fielding in the first place was it's design. Five resonator holes in the bridge. Pointed on one side and curved on the other. Remember pointy side down according to Will. You really got to try this bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Moon Bridges heavy weight
submitted 8/16/2010

Submitter

shannonhearne (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


Simply terrific!! I have used many bridges, including the Stockwell Medium weight Moon Bridge. But, the 5/8 'Heavy Moon Bridge is a different animal. Can't say enough good things about it!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Gold Tone Dojo
submitted 7/14/2010

Submitter

jscourt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Prototype

Overall Comments


Bart Veerman kindly took on a request to make a prototype biscuit/bridge upgrade for my Gold Tone Dojo. He made five bridges from the various woods he uses in his great banjo bridges and I tested each of them to my "ear" for tone and volume. The final choice was a combination of his "enigma" and "mystery" woods. I definitely hear an improvement in tonal qualitites like better mid to low ranges & longer sustain. The volume was only slightly improved. Bart is one of only a few heros in this business, with his sincere interest in making a superior custom bridge and pleasing his customer.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Mystery Wood Bridge
submitted 6/29/2010

Submitter

Sultans of Claw (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


Immaculate craftsmanship and impeccable service from a scholar and a gentleman!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges "Pineywood" dam spillway bridge
submitted 6/27/2010

Submitter

Sultans of Claw (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Don New

Overall Comments


I was looking for a bridge to shave a little shrillness off the top end of my Goldtone WL-250 and this one pretty much does the trick. Perfect string spacing, slot depth and excellent string ramping and pretty to look at as well. A very balanced and "open" sounding bridge. It's all too easy to say this is a great bridge for the money when it's just a great bridge, period.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Emerson Vintage Tone
submitted 6/18/2010

Submitter

BlueBanjo28 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

website

Overall Comments


It is not a bad bridge but no better than the Factory Floor bridge or Sosebee. I think the other bridges may be better but haven't tried any of the other ones.

Overall Rating

6


Bridges Emerson Sweet Power II
submitted 6/13/2010

Submitter

kg4muc (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct From Kelly

Overall Comments


I have to say that Kelly's bridges are the best I have ever tried bar none! I have tried most all of them that look like they are anywhere worth their weight at all and Kelly's outperforms them all. I ordered the Vintage Tone first as a trial for my 84 Scruggs but I made the mistake of ordering the wrong height so this one got fitted on my RB75. It made an already great sounding instrument much better with tons more volume and cured some intonation problems as well! So I reordered for my Scruggs except this time I opted for the Sweet II. And once again it made a good sounding instrument outstanding! I always felt my old Scruggs had what it takes but I never could quite unlock the code! I fully believe I have with these bridges. I can personally recommend The Emerson Bridges to anyone who is looking for a "Performance Kit" for their banjo! These will definitely "Turbo Charge" to order

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sullivan Old Growth Bridge 5/8"
submitted 5/29/2010

Submitter

kcjc69 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

BHO Member

Overall Comments


I'd heard that bridges make a difference so I tried a few. Then as I was getting ready to give my banjo to my nephew I put this OG on. Man was I floored! This bridge made my Morgan just bark! I'd had never heard it sound better. If he wasn't such a good kid he might not be getting this one. For sure I'll purchase another for my new custom!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Cumberland Acoustics
submitted 4/21/2010

Submitter

Huey (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Cumberland Acoustics

Overall Comments


The Cumberland Acoustics sunken maple bridge is great. Made a noticeable improvement in the tone on my Gibson ES.
Try one, you won't be disappointed.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 4/14/2010

Submitter

dpeacock1 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

direct from Tim Purcell

Overall Comments


Dealing with Tim couldn't have been better. After sending Tim and inquiry about his brides, I immediately received a questionnaire that gave him the specifics I was looking for(height/string spacing/wood).
My bridge arrived a few days later with the weight in grams listed on the underside of one of the feet along with height and string spacing.
Very impressive.
No invoice was included, so I sent Tom an email. His comment was to try it first to make sure I was satisfied. I gladly mailed Tim a money order this week.
The next time I'm in need of a bridge, I'll be contacting Tim Purcell first.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Ron Stewart Bridge
submitted 4/5/2010

Submitter

Irvine (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Warren Yates

Overall Comments


I have tried a bunch of bridges over the last 30 years and this one is by far the best out of the box - period. The quality was outstanding! My Stelling took on a whole new identity after putting this bridge on. My banjo went from very good to unbelievable. Wow - very impressive work.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman straight bridge
submitted 3/31/2010

Submitter

PeterJ (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Bart

Overall Comments


I e-mailed Bart for input on which of his bridges would be right for my OME Triple-X (wih Silverspun tone ring). He suggested two possibilities, and I tried both. Although it was a close race, the winner was his Mystery/Ebony bridge.

The new bridge keeps all the bass, adds top end sparkle (but no harshness) and helps every note pop even more than before, and it was also good at that. Most important, it clears up a "nasal" quality in the upper midrange. The conventional maple/ebony bridge that I had on it (also a fine bridge, but more suited to a Mastertone-type banjo) sounds muddy.

This banjo always sounded good, now it sounds exceptional.

The most amazing thing is how small these bridges are -- they are physically thinner and not as widespread as the typical bridge, but there is nothing small about the sound. Thanks, Bart!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Moon Bridges medium weight
submitted 3/24/2010

Submitter

ActonDan (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


Excellent. I prefer the tone of a Remo Renaissance head on my flathead banjos, but that combination needs a very light bridge to bring out the crispness needed for bluegrass without losing the rich tone. I have a medium weight on my Gibson Black Jack and a lightweight on my Fender FB-59. Both sound great, but I would go with the lightweight for both if I had to pick again. (It is barely thinner than the medium-weight, which was purchased at least a year earlier.) I didn't think about it when I made my decision, but the moon shape allows the bridge to be unusually thin without becoming unstable on the head surface.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Bridge
submitted 3/6/2010

Submitter

rinemb (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ordered Direct

Overall Comments


I ordered a custom bridge from Bart, for my Century-+ old Stewart banjo strung with nylguts. I recieved my two-footed thin mystery wood bridge slotted for nylgut strings and installed it. (replacing a modern 3-footed heavy bridge) This new Bart Veerman bridge brought this banjo to life with pop and volume and tone that I have never heard out of it. Thanks, Bart. Great job!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Smitty Locust Bridge Black Locust
submitted 2/12/2010

Submitter

BEEFUS (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

frum Smitty

Overall Comments


This bridge make BEEFUS' banjo blow down th walls! reel nice kraftwerk, reel solid n sturdy, and a awsum LOUD crisp toan!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 2/5/2010

Submitter

asandwho (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Don New

Overall Comments


I've purchased two bridges from Don. Both have been great. The second I put on my Deering Goodtime which had started to sound lifeless to me after playing my other banjos with tone rings. The bridge instantly gave the banjo more life adding a nice sparkle at both the highs and lows. Really nice guy to do business with. He sends you the bridge and if you're satisfied, you send him the funds. Totally satsified. Very reasonably priced.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Custom Compensated
submitted 1/21/2010

Submitter

mtuttle (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


I recently purchased a custom compensated bridge from Bart and am very happy with it. I have a Deering Deluxe and, as with almost all banjos I have played, it needs a compensated bridge to be accurate over the whole fretboard. I used a Moon bridge for many years, and the intonation was better than a straight bridge, but not adequate. Determining the correct bridge compensation was straightforward, but Bart spent a lot of time working with me to find the right bridge material to achieve the tone I wanted. Once the material was selected, Bart made the compensated bridge and it works wonderfully. For the first time, I can play a chord at the nut and above the 12th fret, and both are in tune.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Smitty Locust Bridge Black Locust
submitted 1/9/2010

Submitter

00373 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Classifieds

Overall Comments


Well made. Added volume and tone to my banjo.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Tim Purcell Banjo Bridge
submitted 1/7/2010

Submitter

D.W. (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly From Tim Purcell via the Banjo Hangout

Overall Comments


When I was looking for a banjo bridge I had a very specific set of requirements in mind. I needed a radiused bridge, and it had to have a specific thickness- or lack thereoff. My then current bridge was to thick.

I sent an email to Tim Purcell in response to an advert he had placed here on the BHO. He answered my questions - his answers were helpful- and he listened to what it was that I thought I needed.

He was very helpful and sent me 2 sample bridges to try out. Turned out that one of those bridges was exactly what I was looking for and worked out perfectly. So I sent him payment for that bridge and returned the one that I was not going to use.

I would definitely purchase from him again.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Gold Metal Banjo Bridge 8 carat gold
submitted 12/31/2009

Submitter

jbhood (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Wilson Jewelry Co., Birmingham, AL

Overall Comments


Jimmy Wilson of Wilson Jewelry Co. recently made for me an 8 carat gold banjo bridge for my open-back banjo which has a rim created by Lo Gordon of Cedar Mountain Banjos in Brevard, NC. The rim is all Central American rosewood, and it has no metal tone ring. The banjo's sound was great with various wooden based bridges, but the sound was improved, in my opinion, with the all metal gold bridge. The total cost was $175.00, but would have been less if I had provided the gold (old class ring or the like). Jack

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz McCormick "Spice"
submitted 12/22/2009

Submitter

DaveOmega (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Overall Comments


This is the best bridge I've tried. The bridge is sweet, crisp, deep, and bright, Beautiful craftsmanship, this one has snakewood cap. I also own a standard old maple Kat Eyz and it's great one too, but the McCormick spice factory wood has a special flavor that I've started to prefer. I only own 5 different makes of bridges but this one is by far the best.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz McCormick "Spice"
submitted 12/20/2009

Submitter

MrNatch3L (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith direct

Overall Comments


I installed this bridge on a 70s vintage StewMac "Eagle" kit with an integral cast aluminum pot and archtop tone ring. That should tell you a lot about it - tinny, kind of harsh, very bright. After owning the thing for 20 years I discovered it sounded much better when tuned down to E or E-flat, and that's where I've been playing it for last year or so. I was looking to see if I could improve that sound any more.

I described the general sound characteristics and how I'm playing it now to Mike Smith and pointed him to a recording. After that, I let him recommend what to put on it to improve it. He sent me one of his first McCormick spice factory wood bridges in the KatEyz style, with ebony top wood, at 2.3 grams.

I was immediately struck by the workmanship. I got the same impression I might get from a piece of fine, Amish hand-crafted cabinetry. But sound is what really matters. So I put on a fresh set of American Made Banjo cryo strings with the el cheapo Grover bridge I'd had on this Mutt for years, thinking it deserved no better. After breaking in the strings for a while, I replaced the old Gover with the new Kat Eyz. I was expecting some improvement, but I was not prepared such a transformation of the banjo.

It was like the whole instrument came alive for the first time. I felt that the eitire head was resonating now - never had that feeling before. I could feel the sound resonating thru the neck - also something new. Gone was the harshness and tinniness that had always been the hallmark of this banjo. I had told Mike I wanted a "woodier" sound. I can't say the sound now is "woody" - it's definitely a metal tone ring sound, but with the Kat Eyz bridge it's now much fuller, rounder, mellower, and more balanced across the tonal spectrum than it ever was before. I messed with the head tension a bit (less) and things only got better. Down in E, E-flat, this banjo is now just sweet, with a sound that's very much its own, and very good for a lot of my original tunes.

Just for curiosity, I tuned up to Bluegrass G. Wow - it's got volume and pop that it never had before. And no aluminium jangle - how can that be? It's not Ralph Stanley, but it's a decent Bluegrass archtop sound.

Maybe a pricier instrument would not be so radically improved with just a bridge change, I don't know. All I know is that suddenly I have to adjust to the idea that I've lost a beater banjo and now have 2 good sounding banjos. I could not imagine there was such potential in my old Mutt. This Kat Eyz bridge transformed it from a beater to a valued one of a kind instrument. Now I gotta find another beater!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buckeye Banjos Solid Foot Bridge
submitted 12/1/2009

Submitter

Booger McGee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.buckeyebanjos.com

Overall Comments


I recently bought a 5/8" heavy solid foot bridge from Greg at Buckeye Banjos. It has made a world of difference with my Enoch Tradesman! It is beautifully made and really brings out a fuller sound from my banjo--highly recommended! Plus, Greg was a delight to deal with--great communication, great service, amazing bridge!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges dam spillway bridge
submitted 11/18/2009

Submitter

bangee boy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

stringbean45 BHO member

Overall Comments


Tried this Spillway bridge on my Earl Scruggs Gibson which had a Snuffy Smith bridge on it. I was very impressed with the overall tone it produced. Very clear and distinct notes at both high and low ends.This Dam Spillway was the model that was one piece ...no ebony or other wood across the top. It's staying on my Gibson! I'll be picking up a few more. The seller is a Five Star gentleman. Great to do business with.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Beaver King 5/8
submitted 10/22/2009

Submitter

Mike Paul (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Direct from Dave

Overall Comments


My search for the perfect bridge is over! Never have I owned a bridge that gives so much tone and clarity, and I've owned quite a few. I am constantly experimenting with different bridges, looking for the best tonal response, and this bridge gives great tone up and down the neck, both highs and lows. Would recommend this bridge anytime! Also, the customer service can't be beat! How often do you get to try before you buy? Thanks Dave! Will be doing more business with you in the future!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Beaver King 11/16th comp Beaver
submitted 9/17/2009

Submitter

the-fish (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from dave

Overall Comments


Ive been having a hankering to try one of these Beavers for a while now. Dave was a complete joy to work with and his customer service is second to none. He insisted that I try before I buy and made a custom 11/16th comp beaver for me. I asked him to thin it out a little bit and he did just that. Ive tried a number of bridges on my Hatfield Special. And the Beaver hasnt left..... Very happy with the entire transaction.. thanks

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Bridge
submitted 8/31/2009

Submitter

Surveyor (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Given to me.

Overall Comments


Great bridge. I highly recommend it.

Overall Rating

8


Bridges Beaver King 5/8
submitted 8/29/2009

Submitter

Julio B (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

from Dave Jack

Overall Comments


I requested a bridge that would add overtones and sustain to by super-dry RB4
and after a brief exchange of information, he custom-built not one, but two bridges to try. The first was so successful, that I purchased them both. Rarely have I found one small change to make such an improvement. I am very impressed with the product and with Dave.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Moon Bridges medium weight
submitted 8/23/2009

Submitter

mrpedersen9 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


I bought it thinking it would cure my problems, I was right. At first I didn't like how the sound was very tinny, but a couple hours later when it had settled the sound was great. Also, this bridge just looks badass.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buckeye Banjos Solid Foot Bridge
submitted 8/18/2009

Submitter

Banjolution (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Buckeye Banjos

Overall Comments


This bridge has worked wonders for me,and my Banjo! Not only did it balance the tone,enhancing the bottom end note's,it also cured some fret buzz problems i was having,and I have the best intonation up and down the board ever! Best $18.00 I ever spent! My banjo sounds awesome!!
Thanks so much Gregg!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Scorpion 5/8"
submitted 7/27/2009

Submitter

brundecarli (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Silvio Ferretti

Overall Comments


I had to change the bridge of my Recording King RK 80 and Silvio was in my town for a concert. Now I have the new Scorpion bridge on the banjo.
The sound is more rich and the notes are more separate.A very nice job.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Samson Birch/walnut ebony top
submitted 7/4/2009

Submitter

glsmi (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Rick Sampson

Overall Comments


I currently have the walnut/ebony on my TB2 conversion, gives a richer fuller tone with good note separation and I have tried a lot of bridges. The old birch has even more bass. Rick put a custom radius on it for me.
Update have a rosewood/ebony on my Prucha mahogany inspiration and it really has depth and bass.
He can be reached at 608 539 2039

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Gold Tone 11/16" Bowling Alley Bridge
submitted 6/13/2009

Submitter

beegee (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Silvio Ferretti

Overall Comments


Just received a new Scorpion 11/16" bridge from Silvio. I have a couple of other Scorpion bridges made with European maple. This bridge is made from a maple bowling alley rail, whatever that is. Don't know the country of origin of the maple. I used one of my Scorpion bridges on my Sullivan Festival Deluxe and it was a little too keen-sounding and lacked some essential overtones. I then switched to a Kat-Eyz Canadian maple/purple ebony and I thought that was the right bridge. Then i switched back to the Scorpion just for fun. When I got the new Scorpion, I installed it right away. Remo head, AMB medium cryos, 2 hump tailpiece.

This bridge really changed the sound of the banjo. The overtones were cleaner, the sound was fuller and "rounder" and the high end tone was strong and clear. Greta volume, balance and tone anywhere on the neck.

I emailed Silvio to relate my opinions and he said he had the same experience with this bridge. he said this came from a bowling alley rail and was really hard wood. I don't know how many grams or anything else...things I don't worry too much about. Great craftsmanship, classic lines, and solid sound. I'm hoping to get a few more.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz Pegged head
submitted 5/13/2009

Submitter

kenw3579 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.kateyz.bb.com

Overall Comments


I HIGHLY RECOMMEND Mike Smith’s Katzeye Pegged Top banjo bridge. For my Goldtone kit OB250+ bluegrass banjo, I got the 5/8” old maple wood, with medium width, ebony top. This bridge gives better tone than all others I have tried (Snuffy Smith compensated; Sosebee; Sampson walnut old wood). The Snuffy Smith may have been a bit louder, but the tone was noticeably improved with the Katzeye. For my open-back banjo, I am using the 11/16”, old maple wood, wide width, snakewood top. This beat out the Sampson Walnut old wood bridge for tone, although the Sampson did have some good “old timey” sound to it.
I believe that these pegged-top bridges give the best tone of any bridges in current production, and I recommend them without reservation. Save money and go directly for it, instead of buying a bunch of other bridges first.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Scorpion 3/4"
submitted 4/30/2009

Submitter

Tom Hanway (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Silvio Ferretti

Overall Comments


I have now tried this bridge on my two Stellings, and it's stellar. I had reviewed it on 11/13/08, first trying it on the Whitestar. Let's rewind the history:

I asked Silvio to make me a Scorpion (custom) bridge - something bright with a 14" radius for my Stelling SwallowTail, which has a 14" radiused fretboard. I had a country recording session to do, and knew that the head on the SwallowTail was too stretched out and past its use-by date. So I had to try out the new bridge on my old Stelling Whitestar. The gentle radius wouldn't matter, I hoped, and it didn't. Well, I put on the bridge, intonated the instrument and was laying down tracks within minutes. My Whitestar never sounded so even, so loud, so full, so bright, and so alpine crisp. Silvio uses more ebony across the top than most bridge manufacturers, yet the feet are razor thin and efficiently transfer the sound to the head - no dullness whatsoever, and the bass response is fantastic. This is the best bridge I have ever used, great for bluegrass and for snappy Irish playing. It's an elegant looking bridge as well. It's the "Leonardo" of bridge designs, for sure. Classy!

Yesterday (04/28/09) I put a new head on the original Tom Hanway SwallowTail Deluxe, and so I moved the custom Scorpion over to that banjo, set up the instrument, intonated and tuned it, and then let her rip. The result was a balanced sound and the loudest and brightest I've ever gotten my SwallowTail to sound. It's perfect, still warm, the way I like it, sweet, and the tone up the neck is great for those old honky tonk piano lines. It's working for me for bluegrass, honky-tonk piano sounds, and Irish applications. I couldn't be happier.

I'm ordering another just like it for the Whitestar!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Moon Bridges medium weight
submitted 4/28/2009

Submitter

nate_f (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Elderly Instruments

Overall Comments


This bridge drastically improved the tone of my open back RK banjo, making it both more mellow and robust. I was slightly worried that switching from the non-compensated stock bridge to the Moon would affect intonation, but intonation has been fine. I was disappointed in the tone immediately after installing the bridge, but after a day or so of settling in it was a major, major improvement.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Beaver King 5/8
submitted 3/27/2009

Submitter

DandyRandy (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Kerry Scott (lazyarcher@rogers.com)

Overall Comments


I've gone through a lot of bridges in the last 2 years. I've tried Wadsworth, homemades, CatEyz, Sosebee, Snuffy Smiths, and others. Some of these are great bridges, but I thought I'd give the Beaver King a try in looking for that elusive bluegrass sound. I think I've found it! Kerry will send you one and you don't have to pay for it unless you decide to keep it. The sound is perfect for my RK. It's also a great looking bridge on top of that!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Emerson Sweet Power II
submitted 2/24/2009

Submitter

dogsplus2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Ebay

Overall Comments


This is a really fine banjo bridge. I had volume problems on some strings, where they just didn't sound as loud as the others - this bridge sorted it out and all strings sound even and crisp. I've used this and the Vintage Tone (same style different wood) for two years, and although I have other makes (Farquhar, Snuffy Smith) I always go back to the Emerson ones. Nothing matches it.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Emerson Vintage Tone
submitted 2/24/2009

Submitter

dogsplus2 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Banjofever.com (direct)

Overall Comments


I love the design of the Emerson bridges, they give great tone and even volume throughout all strings.

The vintage tone is the holly version, and gives a wonderfully crisp and bright sound to any banjo. I think the Emerson bridges are the best you can get, and I've tried many, many, many, others (I went through a bit of a 'bridge' phase).

This one isn't better than the sweet Power II, it's just different, being brighter.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Buckeye Banjos Solid Foot Bridge
submitted 2/23/2009

Submitter

curtiseller (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Greg Galbreath (Maker)

Overall Comments


I just put one of Greg Galbreath's new solid-foot bridges on my Bart Reiter banjo and it sounds fantastic. I have the heavy weight model.

I immediately noticed an improvement in volume and sustain. It also improved the balance between the strings and added some detail to the bottom end. I think the solid-foot design is key.

You can find them online here:
http://buckeyebanjos.com/Bridges.html

I've experimented with bridges before and heard some difference, but never as much as this. I'm very pleasantly surprised....thanks Greg!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sullivan Old Growth Bridge 5/8"
submitted 2/12/2009

Submitter

Dubz (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music

Overall Comments


This bridge is amazing, totally transformed my Gold Tone OB250+ into a different banjo. It now sounds brighter and more "pre war" if you like. Im going to purchase another 4 of these so that I have some in reserve for the future before they all get snapped up.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Select Bridge
submitted 1/30/2009

Submitter

deering-dan (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Gary direct

Overall Comments


First of all I feel that a good quality bridge is one of the best investment (and most reasonable ways) to upgrade a banjo and there are a lot of good makers out there. I purchased my first Sosebee bridge several years ago and I have since installed his bridge on all my banjo's. What I like about them is they are consistent and the notes on my banjo's are very clean, clear right up the neck (or any where that I play them) and it amplifies the sound of my banjo's . I really like the design of his bridges and the thickness is very good (they have enough mass, but not to heavy, nor to thin) The maple grain always runs nice and straight and most of them have very few growth lines in the wood (which I feel is the key to good sound transfer like a spruce top on a guitar) I would highly recommend you to try one of his bridges if haven't yet (their awesome)

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Style III
submitted 1/21/2009

Submitter

kevin0461 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

First Quality Music

Overall Comments


Awesome craftsmanship, great sound. I installed this bridge to replace the Gibson bridge that came original on my Earl Scruggs Standard. It made a noticeable change in the sound of my banjo. Definitely more crisp and clear. It took a good banjo and made it a great banjo!!! I've tried an Emerson bridge and a Deering bridge... they don't compare with my Snuffy III. If everyone changes to Snuffy Smith after they buy Gibson (from what I've read on BHO), why isn't it standard issue??

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Jerry Rabun Nerdgoggles Bridge
submitted 12/26/2008

Submitter

budbennett (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

directly from Jerry

Overall Comments


I contacted Jerry about building me a bridge for my Stealth. I didn't have any solid complaints about the bridge I had already, just vague dissatisfaction of how the banjo sounded in a big room or outside. I wanted more power and always felt the Stealth had more in there just itching to come out. I told Jerry what I wanted and gave him my measurement particulars ( I like a TALL bridge and the Stealth has odd string placement so it was a custom job for sure).

When I got the bridge I put it on and right out of the box the tone and volume and power of my Stealth was increased. I notice much better note separation, much better volume and a tone that was a very nice surprise-crisp maybe is a word I would use for it. My Stealth now projects and the single string work I like to do sounds much better and the sustain I get for slow things is very much improved now. I will definitely be calling Jerry again for my bridge needs.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Emerson Power Bridge
submitted 12/1/2008

Submitter

banjos4ever (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

www.banjofever.com

Overall Comments


I own a Gibson RB-3. I've been sanding my bridges down for years to get good crisp tone and then giving up some bass for the trouble. Last weekend I received Kellys bridge. This bridge is fabulous in every way. My RB-3 rings with more sustain, it's crisp and clear with lots of treble but no loss of bass. I'm finding it hard to put my banjo down! I would not change this bridge in any way. I will order more of the same in the future.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Beaver King 5/8
submitted 11/17/2008

Submitter

dredline (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From Beaver King

Overall Comments


WOW, Tremendous improvement in sound. I have one on a maple and one on a mahogany. These bridges improved the volume,tone and color of both banjos.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Beaver King 5/8 regular spacing
submitted 11/6/2008

Submitter

greenhorn (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

banjohangout.org

Overall Comments


I own a lower end Fender banjer (fb-54). I put a BK 5/8 bridge on and it came alive! The tone and volume both improved significantly. You couldn't ask for a more reasonable policy: order and test, then pay. It says a lot about the quality of the bridge. Not only did it improve the tone and volume, but it's also a work of art. Thumbs up to Dave Jack for his top notch craftsmanship on this bridge.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 9/27/2008

Submitter

Tim-mater (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis

Overall Comments


The buzz is gone!!! Woo Hooo! This is a great bridge for lower head tensions. Well constructed, and sounds terrific. The engineering is very good as well. I think they call it a "no-direct-route" approach (every string's path through wood to the head is interrupted by open air). I am impressed.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Beaver King 5/8
submitted 9/7/2008

Submitter

lestermatt (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Dave

Overall Comments


Fantastic Bridges.I ordered a regular and a radius to try and was blown away!At first glance these bridges seem bulky with big feet but the composition of the old wood brings out a woody tone without sacrificing the bright tones at all.I would'nt thin them if I were you.I put the radius on a Huber Lancaster and the straight one on a Stelling Red Fox.We made sure the necks were tight and the other ends of the coordinater rods were only finger tight (super secret setup fact #007) and wa la .The Stelling really opened up.The Huber got a little woodier which it needed.Buy one ,experiment with your setup for a week or so and you'll see! The only detractor , If I had to find one would be the finish.I think it could be sanded smoother purly for asthetics but Dave does'nt charge that much for these things so I really should'nt rock the boat.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Bridge
submitted 8/13/2008

Submitter

Gold Star GF-85 (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis

Overall Comments


Although my 1987 Gibson ESS sounded good as it was, I decided to try a Snuffy Smith Bridge since most of the guys I know who play Gibson Banjo's all use them, and are very happy of how they inhanced the sound, volumn and tone. To sum it all up, I will probably never have anything other than Snuffy Smith Bridge, I am very satisfied, and wish I had put it on sooner. I am sure there are many good Bridges out there but for me it is "Snuffy Smith"

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 6/29/2008

Submitter

Medwin Bew (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Mike Smith

Overall Comments


After trying about 3 factory made bridges on my Gold Star GF100 I was a bit cynical about how much difference a decent bridge makes to my relatively untutored ear. Boy, couldn't have been more wrong. I bought an 11/16 regular ebony topped bridge from Mike because the current bridge was giving me some annoying string buzz. The Kateyz arrived in in a neat little plastic foam lined box all marked up with serial number and specs. Looked so good there it seemed a shame to take it out and use it. The craftmanship was obvious and the string slots crisp and clean which makes a real change. I then played a few tunes with the old bridge and repeated them again with Mike's. Absolute joy. No buzz. clear, richer tones from every string and even the 4th string (which had always seemed a little lacking something in my view) seemed to come alive. Fantastic. And the bridge looks really cool as well! Going to get another for my open back. This bridge was worth every penny and I have difficulty putting the banjo down now when I ought to be getting on with the chores cos I like the sound so much. Thanks Mike; if I could give the bridge 15/10 I would, but 10 will have to suffice.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Gary Sosebee 5/8 Submerged wood
submitted 6/5/2008

Submitter

Granadakid (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis

Overall Comments


I've played with a Snuffy Smith Comp. Bridge for years. Thought I'd give the Sosebee Submerged wood banjo bridge a try. I'm glad I did! It immeditatly brought up the volume without killing the tone. The fourth string became fatter with a mighty growl. Up the neck, the notes become bells. Does it make your banjo sound like a 1934 Gibson? No. But it's pretty close for $30.00. I'm happy!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 6/2/2008

Submitter

roy.carpenter (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis

Overall Comments


I don't have a huge amount of experience, but I've bought a grover bridge, owned a goodtime bridge, made my own, and had two beefy factory bridges, one that came with my Fender FB 58. The Kateyz 3/5 Crowe spacing is the clearly the best in terms of volume and clarity up the neck. Strangely, the Fender factory is a close second, the difference being more in pronunciation way up the neck than in volume. If you're working with a grover or Goodtime or Washburn factory issue, the Kateyz will make a huge difference. Looks cool, too.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 5/22/2008

Submitter

wilsonHSpkr (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

JDMC

Overall Comments


A great bridge, any bridge you buy will sound better over your average stock bridge. Looks great, no buzzes, a fine piece of craftsmanship.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Moon Bridges medium weight
submitted 5/22/2008

Submitter

wilsonHSpkr (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

JDMC

Overall Comments


Awesome, great sounding and cool looking. I bought one hesitantly to test the difference between it and a Kateyz bridge, still sounds great and at a lower price. I worried about it affecting the harmonics, but no issues there, and what tone!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Scorpion 5/8"
submitted 5/16/2008

Submitter

Julio B (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music

Overall Comments


I had a Sosebee submerged maple bridge on my `29 RB4, and with a Blaylock conversion ring it sounded very thin; that is, all I heard was the fundamental with almost no supporting harmonic overtones. I decided to try a standard Scorpion. A visual comparison reveals that the Scorpion has about twice the amount of ebony. After the installation, there was almost no tonal difference, but during the next three days and 13+/- hours of picking, the sound became more opulent and complex, but still very dry with strong note separation. No bridge is perfect for all banjos, but this one seems to have done what I had hoped for and is a keeper.

Overall Rating

9


Bridges Bart Veerman straight bridge
submitted 3/28/2008

Submitter

Richard Dress (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Bart Veerman

Overall Comments


Having tried several kinds of regular bridges, I chose the Veerman bridge for both my banjos. The volume, clarity, and tone were superior.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Half-moon
submitted 3/21/2008

Submitter

Richard Dress (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Randy Stockwell

Overall Comments


I've used the Stockwell Moon Bridge for decades with great success both on my archtop and on my flat-top to cure intonation problems. They are the best compensated bridge on the market. But a weird thing happened: I recently tried Black Diamond strings and had to go back to a straight bridge on both my banjos. Can anyone explain that?

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Vintage Z Bridge Elite 5/8ths Standard spacing
submitted 3/19/2008

Submitter

banjoken (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Scott Zimmerman

Overall Comments


I bought a Vintage Z Bridge from Scott and I received it over the past weekend. I wanted a bridge to do a specific thing for my banjo and I contacted Scott to tell him what I wanted. He said he knew what I needed and I placed an order. I have had quite a few bridges on the banjo and I have to say this is by far the best one I have used. It did everything that I wanted it to. It really balanced the tone of each individual note and it evened up the volume up the whole neck.

In addition to the great sound the bridge looks amazing. Attention to detail is all there. Extremely smooth everywhere, beautiful wood, the best string slots I have seen on any bridge, etc. If he makes this bridge look and sound like it does I can imagine how his banjos look!

I fully recommend his bridges and he was a pleasure to deal with. I am going to order a few more for my other banjos.

Ken

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Half-moon
submitted 3/14/2008

Submitter

LParker (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music Company

Overall Comments


I was thinking of buying a new banjo because of the tunning problems. Then I tried a moon bridge by RandyStockwell. I have only had it a week and this new bridge has brought brought it back into tune again. Wow. I am a new convert. I would reccomend this bridge to anyone with tunning problems

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 2/21/2008

Submitter

Leigh (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct From Kateyz

Overall Comments


This bridge and particularly the height, (9/16") made my GF-85 explode with both great tone and fantastic action. On the plus side, Mike is a good guy to boot. Easy to deal with.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Select Bridge
submitted 2/12/2008

Submitter

asisensei (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis

Overall Comments


This bridge looks like your typical 5/8" maple bridge. Nicely finished maple, ebony top, Crowe spacing. I bought it to replace the no name 5/8" bridge that was on my Saga SS-3 which is my carry around banjo. My banjo had a harsh ring to the fifth string and a overall sound I couldn't get right. I figured I would change out the bridge for something better for a start to see if I could get it to sound better before changing the Waverly tailpiece. I have a Snuffy Smith on my Goldstar and was satisfied with it but have read good things about Sosebee's bridges so I thought I would give one a try. A great bridge. Took the harsh ring out of the 5th string, brought out the tone in the other strings. The banjo sounds different, much better, more like the Goldstar now. I will not hesitate to buy a Sosebee bridge again

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman Custom Compensated
submitted 2/4/2008

Submitter

Gomer (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Directly from Bart VeermanHimself

Overall Comments


You don't really purchase one of these bridges, you acquire it in phases.
I was having some intonation problems which I though could have been due to inept fingering or holding the banjar in a weird state, but at the end of the day the second was a bit flat and the third a bit sharp.
After your curiosity is piqued at his website you learn enough to make a competent decision for yourself and you decide to order.
Then you go through all the drill in testing the amount of compensation that you might need. The order is sent.
You have about 3 e-mails each way to discuss what you are looking for in terms of sound and timbre. Then there were two phone calls to clarify. I wanted a brighter sound, which Bart clarified as "exuberant"rather than bright so as not to confuse the effect of the tome ring. He went to work and left a note a few days later that it was on the way. Mine was a lighter bridge over stock (4mm v 5mm or thereabouts). There is an immediate difference in the voice of the Banjo. a hear a crisper note with noticeably more sustain and less drop-off as the note decays. I guess another way to say it is that it is much less plunckier that the stock Deering bridge and slightly more brilliant than the Moon bridges I have on my stuff.
It was a pretty impressive process with Mr. Veerman , at one point suggesting that I might not want to purchase his bridge if I could get my own to work by slanting it to flat the 4 and 5 string. That kind of helped but not quite enough and by that time I had invested so much time in figuring out the problem that I ought to do something. I am glad I did not follow his advice. The intonation problem is a thing of the past
I hear a lot about the Snuffies and the like and I am sure that they are really good. But this one was like a design-build process of which I was a part.
Update 30 days after purchase: Bart contacted me about a week after the bridge arrived to see that it met my expectations, I bought another different one just to have in the arsenal. You get the feeling that he doesn't sell these, but rather, he gives them up for adoption to good homes!

update3-3-08
I just put a Veerman ENIGMA bridge. I added a bit of height and went to the 44 (JD CROWE) spacing to help the comfort. This thing Rocks!!! it is as exuberant as hell and yet there is a clear improvement in the bass notes even or the Mystery bridge. By bass, I don't mean mellow or plucky. . . I mean BASS. When we were negotiating the acquisition, I thought I heard Bart to say that the top would mellow a bit with the Enigma. NO WAY! There is no trade off. I am looking for trades to share my library of Bridges, but no further experimentation on the Veerman

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Half-moon
submitted 1/21/2008

Submitter

frailin (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Zepp Music

Overall Comments


Dunno WHY these bridges work as they do, but I've tried them on ALL my open-back banjos (3 Chuck Lee tubaphones, a Vega Whyte Laydie, a Lo Gordon custom). In every case, the sound improved! The bridges produce a fuller, more robust tone that is rich in both treble and bass. In several cases, the bridges brought out more bass.

Next I started sampling with bridge weights (medium and heavy). It proved a way to "fine adjust" the amount of sound that was transfered from the strings to the banjo head.

I've played many, many bridges. The half-moons have consistently made my fine sounding banjos sound even better.

Thank you, Donald (Zepp) for introducing them to me!

Craig (frailin)

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Style III
submitted 1/20/2008

Submitter

Bohonkie (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music

Overall Comments


I've tried many different bridges, but this one has the best sound of all. I use them on my 1929 Gibson Granada and on my Recording King - both love this bridge. I use the standard spacing and have messed with 11/16 and other heighths, but tone quality and transmission remain great.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sullivan Old Growth Bridge 11/16"
submitted 1/20/2008

Submitter

Bohonkie (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Janet Davis Music?

Overall Comments


Sullivan makes top notch stuff and I'm a fan of most everything old so couldn't wait to try this old growth factory floor bridge (maple/ebony, uncompensated) on my 1929 Granada archtop and on my RK85. If you want a good, rich tone, this is a good one. However, I like a bright, biting sound with clear, deep tones and this one is a bit muted for my taste. Workmanship is flawless, but I went back to Snuffy Smith.

Overall Rating

6


Bridges Samson walnut/ebony compensated
submitted 1/8/2008

Submitter

Oplunk (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

First Quality Music

Overall Comments


Samson makes an awesome bridge. I put one on my Mike Ramsey Bacon Model open-back and the result was astounding! The sound was so dramatically improved that even my wife noticed (and she doesn't even like banjo music!). I immediately ordered another one for my Bob Flesher Grand Cotillion with similar results. Highly recommended!!

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Bart Veerman x - A
submitted 12/13/2007

Submitter

Couchie (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

From the Maker

Overall Comments


This is a new product from Bart Veerman. He is a Hangout member and an expert clawhammer player. Bart has designed and developed a bridge specifically for arch-top banjos.

I've tried these on my 1926 Gibson TB 3 conversion Ballbearing arch-top and I am very pleased with the result. The bridge delivers plenty of tone and volume throughout the entire range of the instrument. There is plenty of bass response on the low d-string. The mid-range comes through loud and sweet. The high end has all the brightness and punch that I need to hear.

This is a bridge that I'm sure many players would be happy with. Definitely a high-end bridge for the discriminating player. I use Barts bridges on all my instruments and have had no problems with sound or craftmanship.

Highly recommended.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Sosebee Bosnian Maple Bridge
submitted 12/11/2007

Submitter

dbrooks (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

November 2007

Overall Comments


Earlier this year I bought an 1890's Bay State banjo with a Jos. Rogers skin head. The banjo was all-original but had a flat sound and thin volume. After some neck work, the banjo began to open up, but was still not quite what I wanted. At John Balch's suggestion, I tried the Sosebee Bosnian Maple 11/16" bridge. After 3-4 weeks, the banjo has added plunk and punch and is better able to hold its own in a jam. I am very happy with the sound now. The bridge supports the Nylgut strings very well.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Snuffy Smith Bridge
submitted 10/13/2007

Submitter

Kevin B (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

First Quality Music

Overall Comments


I've used Snuffy Smith bridges in .656, 11/16 and 3/4 size. They are the best I've tried. Volumn and sustain increase on any banjo I've put them on. There are copies that are non-Snuffy originals out there and they are well, copies.

The lean of a Snuffy toward the tailpeice really keeps these bridges placed solidly (as opposed to perfectly vertical bridges). As advertised they are used by many professionals. They are available "Crowe" spacing, in even finer grades of wood and compensated. All of my experieces has been with standard Snuffys.

Overall Rating

10


Bridges Kateyz
submitted 9/20/2007

Submitter

PaulKirby (see all reviews from this person)

Where Purchased

Direct from Mike Smith in Dawson, Illinois

Overall Comments


Fantastic roundness of sound combined with great 'crack'. Mike's customer service is outstanding. He is someone who has a great ear and is willing to take the time to bring out the optimal clarity and balance in any banjo.

Overall Rating

10


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