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Where Purchased: directly
First, ditto to everything the Irish banjo player/reviewer said. I needed a 4-string bridge with a special height (3/4") and spacing (41mm), and I'd had one of Bart's two-footers before (that one doesn't fit in this application), so I knew what I was getting. This is the ebony-crowned teak (two-foot) bridge. Absolutely terrific in every way (even looks!), and it gives me that "early jazz" sound - it seems to me (subjectively at least) that the two-footers are a little more hollow and punchy-sounding than the three-footers. This bridge is perfect for my plectrum banjo: sounds, plays & looks great, and certainly is far better than the old Grovers.
Addendum: I just got two of these same bridges (ebony-crowned teak, two-foot), one for my OME tenor and one for my Stelling tenor. There are several fine bridge makers out there these days, and I've tried a number of them, but to my ear these bridges of Bart's give the most "punch" while also increasing clarity, depth, and most importantly bass response, relative to the best of the other bridges I've tried. In short, these are now my go-to bridges, and I have them on all of my banjos. I might add that the engineering (height, slots, spacing) is perfect - and they look great too!
Overall Rating: 10
Where Purchased: Online
I don't often take the time to write reviews, however after purchasing my second Bart Veerman 4-String Banjo bridge I felt compelled to share my experiences.
First, Bart is a consummate professional, while it might be a bit challenging to navigate his website it's not hard to get in touch with him directly. Once you do you'll find Bart is a craftsman of the highest caliber. Bart, either directly or via his website forms gets all the information necessary to build you a truly exceptional custom bridge. I can't stress this enough, take the time to get your measurements right, from bridge height to string width, playing style, head material, etc. All of these criteria play into the design and build process, so getting them right is critical to letting Bart build you a perfect bridge.
Now, after you've done your homework you can sit back and wait for a beautiful well designed and expertly crafted bridge to arrive.
Each of the last two bridges Bart built for me have worked wonders on my Irish Banjos. The tone, color, and feel have all been dramatically improved. If you are struggling with the "flabby" G string on your Irish Banjo you'll find a Bart custom bridge will be "exactly" what you need to get that problem licked.
I'd write more, but I've got a banjo to play, so stop wasting time reading these reviews, go to Bart's site and get a bridge, you'll be happy you did.
Matt - Tampa
Overall Rating: 10
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