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Bridges  Tim Purcell Bridges Banjo Part/Accessory Reviews

Submitted by Thirsty (see all reviews from this person) on 8/9/2014

Where Purchased: Tim Purcell

Overall Comments

I picked up two bridges from Tim yesterday, an Organ & a Birch.  Tim was very gracious & made my wife & I feel right at home.  I again got to hear my banjo played by an accomplished picker.  First he swapped out the popular, well known bridge on my banjo with the Organ bridge.  The difference was remarkable, the banjo was much more open, I couldn't believe the difference.  He then slid the Birch in place, and again a huge difference over the bridge I had in it.  Again, more open and slightly different sound then the Organ bridge.  I really like the improvement both bridges made.  Tim's workmanship is meticulous.   If you haven't slid a Purcell bridge under your strings yet, I recommend you give it a shot.  You won't regret it, especially if you think your banjo can't sound any better........ 'cause it will.  

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by jbanjoist (see all reviews from this person) on 7/16/2014

Where Purchased:

Overall Comments

I rarely give a 10 in a review of anything but Tim's bridges, and especially Tim himself, more than deserves a 10.

I just put one of his Ambrosia Red Maple bridges, 11/16 height with a compensated third strong top, on a maple custom Nechville I have had for a few years and I must say it is an outstanding bridge.

I had one of Tim's piano maple bridges on this banjo and it is also great.

The Ambrosia red maple had a bit more volume and brightness and sounds extremely well balanced over the entire fingerboard and is very responsive.

And the tone is outstanding. Punch and intensity galore! You will not go wrong in ordering a bridge from Tim.

I have been playing over 30 years and can say without a doubt Tim's bridges are the best I have ever played.

Even more importantly to me Tim is a stand up guy. He takes his craft and his customer service seriously and he will do everything he can to make you a banjo bridge you will love.



Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by MightyMOBanjo (see all reviews from this person) on 6/30/2014

Where Purchased: From Tim's website

Overall Comments

I bought one of Tim's bridges about 2 weeks ago.  I bought the Ambrosia Red Maple.  I have to say that the workmanship is the best that I have ever seen.  This is a very high quality bridge which delivers great tone and playability.  I am looking forward to getting some more of his bridges for my other banjos.  Great Work Tim!!!!!!

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Marin Maras (see all reviews from this person) on 3/21/2014

Where Purchased: giveaway/ drawing

Overall Comments

Tim Purcell bridge –Sugar maple (selected hard maple)

I was happy enough to win the Tim 's bridge drawing recently , so thanks to his generosity I had a chance to try one of his ''Selected hard maple'' ( sugar maple ) banjo bridge. Tim is a true gentleman , a man of a word indeed and a very friendly person. Tim's customer service couldn' be better.He gave me some very usefull advices on setup.

This bridge is of Tim's new design in aspect of ''no sag'' feet and it is  a significant improvement.Very elegant in appearence , handcraft is perfectly done . Weight is 2.225 gr. I put it on my Deering Baucom banjo which is by his construction very resonant and dynamic. Now , after a couple of weeks of playing I could say this bridge tottaly complies in characteristics mentioned on Tim's web page. It gives guicker decay ,dry sound and brings more bell like sound on higher registers and very clear notes on all the frets. My 1 st and 2 nd string come sound more alive and a whole volume is very good. In combo with my banjo this sugar maple bridge is perfect for some hard driving bluegrass playing . However , found it suitable for other kinds of banjo playing as well. I already have one of Tim's red mapple bridge which is of other characteristics, very musical, gives sustain, very good for slower and melodic stuff playing imo.

I am very satisfied with both of Tim's bridges and will surely order again from him. I could highly recommend Tim's banjo bridges and his profesional and friendly customer service

Marin Maras

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by Butter1313 (see all reviews from this person) on 12/5/2012

Where Purchased: Tim Purcell

Overall Comments

I don't write reviews. That being said I felt compelled to with excitement. I emailed Tim and explained that I know little about my banjo but knew it was time for a bridge. What was next? He had me do a little work measuring and telling about my banjo and my style. This took three emails to complete do to my questions witch Tim was happy to answer. He made that experience easy for me the beginner. I received my bridge and placed it as I started to tune I could not stop smiling as I new right away that there would be a noticeable improvement. I am very happy with the hole experience. Tim thank you for you patience and care. Sound is loud and clear.

Overall Rating: 10

Submitted by ronbrown1947 (see all reviews from this person) on 11/28/2012

Where Purchased: Online - Tim's website

Overall Comments

Like most banjoists, I spend about as much time getting my banjo to sound better than playing it. I play a Mastertone ESS and thought it sounded about as good as it was going to get - WRONG. Ordered a couple of bridges from Tim, an old piano bridge and a red maple. I thought my 1st and 3rd strings had died a long time ago, again - WRONG. Scared me, every string is now balanced up and down the neck. Order you one while they are still cheap, these bridges are in a class by themselves.

Overall Rating: 10

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