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Bridges  Purcell Bridge Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by Tony Mabe (see all reviews from this person) on 2/17/2019

Where Purchased: Tim Purcell

Overall Comments

I ordered a roasted red maple bridge from Tim for my Gibson RB-4. Very nice finish work.  It's the only bridge I've ever bought that was polished! I've tried four other more expensive "name- brand" maker bridges on it, all of which I've used for years,  and this one had the best tone. Very open,  smooth,  good sustain.  I've bought a few of Tim's bridges for setup customers,  and his quality just keeps getting better!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Banjoman Braddock (see all reviews from this person) on 6/1/2017

Where Purchased: Direct

Overall Comments

Bridge ordered - Select Hard Maple

I have a Deering Artisan and had never changed anything on the banjo. After reading some reviews about the Purcell Banjo Bridges, I decided to email Tim and asked what banjo bridge would be best for my setup and playing style. He responded quickly and I made my order.

I received my bridge and within 10 minutes had it installed. I started playing and thought my ears were deceiving me... I could not believe how clear, crisp and loud my already good sounding banjo was playing. I couldn't put the banjo down the rest of the night. This was well worth the money and I would highly recommend Tim's bridges for anyone. 

Thanks,

Shawn 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by vinphizz (see all reviews from this person) on 2/4/2017

Where Purchased: Tim Purcell

Overall Comments

Tim Purcell bridges have that special something that seems to noticeably improve my playing ability. Whenever I've acquired a new instrument I have ordered a bridge from Tim and I'm always overjoyed with the results. Go to his website and you'll see an array of bridges constructed from a myriad of woods with a description of each like the notes on a bottle of wine, many with sound samples. For me, as a clawhammer guy, the locust wood is a dream. Tim will construct a bridge for you to your specs at a very reasonable price.

 

 

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by budbennett (see all reviews from this person) on 8/16/2016

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

Overall Comments

Despite having played and owned banjos since the mid 1970s, I have had very limited experience swapping out bridges.  I am a status-quo kind of guy.  I was briefly obsessed with Jerry Rabun's experiments but that represents about all my bridge trys.  So, a  few weeks ago when I was taking apart one of my Stellings to photograph for my Banjo Construction Photo Archive, I noticed that the bridge was pretty wallowed out.  Suddenly a light came on over my head and I realized that was why that banjo always had an intonation issue.  Sometimes the really obvious escapes me....... That was the bridge that came on the banjo in 1990 when I bought it, so I guess it didn't owe me anything at this point so I decided to buy a new one.  Since I had just interviewed John Bullard and he talked about the Purcell bridges that he likes, so I thought I would give that one a try.   I bought an 11/16 standard spacing Roasted Red Maple bridge.  Since I very rarely change bridges (I went through a short time being obsessed with Jerry Rabun's bridges but that was my only venture into bridge territory), I didn't really expect a radical change.  I also didn't have the Stelling with me that I bought it for so I put it on a different Stelling to try it out in the meantime.  Man......... that roasted red maple REALLY blew the doors off.  

Because I am suspicious by nature, I figured the change in sound and all was my imagination so I played that a while and then put the bridge that was on (another original Stelling bridge- reclaimed sunken birch I think, this one from early 2000s) before back on and played that a while.  There was a real noticeable difference in volume, decay, and strength.  It is hard to describe sound.  I went back and forth a few times and the Stelling bridge had a hollow and not very punchy sound compared to the Purcell.  The Purcell sounds punchy, loud, crisp, quick....strong.  I was and am really amazed and have swapped back and forth a few times since and I think the difference is real.  I didn't want to take it off and so have ordered another to go to the banjo I originally bought it for.  I am just amazed at the difference- and again, I am very suspicious by nature.  

Purcell Roasted Red Maple.  Thumbs up!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by charles grimm (see all reviews from this person) on 11/18/2015

Where Purchased: From Tim

Overall Comments

I just received a Locust bridge topped with ebony, really nice. This is the second bridge from Tim, they are always top notch! I wasn't sure what to expect out of Locust, but what I got was something new almost haunting in G minor tuning. It's real,even across the strings with a real hollow airy quality. It sounds equally well in C tuning, and G. But for right now I'll play some more in Gm. The Banjo that I am playing on is a Bob Flesher "Tarantella". Thanks Tim!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by PJRedWing (see all reviews from this person) on 7/13/2014

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

Submitted by DEmery (see all reviews from this person) on 7/27/2012

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

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