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Bridges  Tim Purcell Select Maple Bridge Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by Ralph Stanley legend (see all reviews from this person) on 3/22/2017

Where Purchased: Tim Purcell

Overall Comments

Bridges and the tone they can bring from our Banjo's is a very subjective matter. That said, I have one of Tim Purcell's new Select Maple ( African Blackwood top ) bridges on my Maple Arch top and it is something else. Really. Tim made it light for me at 2.15 grams and it is a cracker, or a snorter as we say here in England.

Craftmanship is as you would expect, first class. But the response, Bass and fizz is exceptional. The Banjo vibrates a lot and honestly I have put Tims bridge up against a VERY good bridge from another bridge specialist. Well, after some changing out and comparison tests.... there is NO contest. Tim Purcell's bridge wins hands down.


Volume, clarity, fizz and vibration through the Banjo are much improved over what was a very good bridge. How does Tim do it ? Clearly it is several factors coming together, design- build quality and WOOD selection....

 I am very, very impressed.


David Nixon


Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by okbluegrassbanjopicker (see all reviews from this person) on 2/23/2017

Where Purchased: Tim Purcell

Overall Comments

I had heard (and read) some good topics on how the Purcell bridges are really great and things like that, so I decided to try one for myself. I chose the new Select Maple bridge with 5/8 height and Crowe spacing from Tim Purcell. Interestingly, the bridge I bought was the first Select Maple bridge he made, which he had installed on his RB-00 conversion.

This bridge is the difference between night and day. The perfect blend of harmonics and balance, it gives my Deering a really spectacular tone. 

If you're looking for the best, try one of Tim's bridges. You won't be disappointed!


Overall Rating: 10

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