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Where Purchased: Directly from Don
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
Where Purchased: Directly from Don New
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 few other generics. The notes are strong, clear and distinct with a fast attack and a fast decay and have more timbre than any of the others. 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
Where Purchased: Don New
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
Where Purchased: from Stringbean 45 / Don New
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
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