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New bridge - Scorpion treated Bosnian Maple - Excellent!

Posted by jbalch on Thursday, November 27, 2014


Silvio Ferretti  ( supplied some new bridges to try on my banjos.  This treated Bosnian maple example sounds GREAT on my Reiter Bacophone-plus (maple neck).  With this bridge, the tone is very well balanced (much improved).  I love the "throaty" sound of it.  This is the best bridge I've found so far for this banjo.  Thanks Silvio!

6 comments on “New bridge - Scorpion treated Bosnian Maple - Excellent!”

superdave Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @5:09:00 AM

How do I get one for my new Reiter ?

jbalch Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @5:34:02 AM

E-mail Silvio Ferretti through the BHO.

DEmery Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @6:10:49 AM

What is "treated" Bosnian Maple? David E.

jbalch Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @7:18:16 AM

Silvio says it is "treated" by the supplier to harden the wood. But the exact process is not revealed by them. This wood is supplied primarily to violin makers.

I observe that the midrange sound is enhanced and the high-frequencies are "tamed" a bit. The bass tones are plenty strong. That all helps balance and maybe "soften" the sound of this maple-necked banjo.

Silvio referred to the wood as "voodoo maple" and described it this way: " ... the midrange is enhanced and the high end controlled, also (IMO) the low end is somewhat enhanced, but up to a point (in weight) after which it tends to get muddy. Clarity is strictly linked to weight, as is response. On a Mastertone, the tone gets more "elegant" with a little less "crack", which is not necessarily what a bluegrasser may want. On a banjo that's designed for clawhammer, or other old-timey styles, Voodoo Maple may be THE wood for bridges, but the banjo needs to have great response to start with, otherwise that cluck in the plunk may miss, know what I mean?"

DEmery Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @7:31:43 AM

Interesting. Maybe I should give it a try. Weight definitely matters to me when a builder provides the information. Most of mine are close to 2 grams and for some reason it seems to work well. David E.

jbalch Says:
Thursday, November 27, 2014 @8:11:40 AM

David the bridge that was on this banjo previously was 2.2g locust wood. I might have gotten it from you. It is a great bridge too.

But you know how bridges & banjos are. It is a good thing when you find a bridge that really complements a specific banjo. I think the Scorpion is an improvement on this particular maple-neck Reiter.

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