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Bridges: Sosebee Select Bridge

Submitted by deering-dan on 1/30/2009

Where Purchased: From Gary direct

Overall Comments

First of all I feel that a good quality bridge is one of the best investment (and most reasonable ways) to upgrade a banjo and there are a lot of good makers out there. I purchased my first Sosebee bridge several years ago and I have since installed his bridge on all my banjo's. What I like about them is they are consistent and the notes on my banjo's are very clean, clear right up the neck (or any where that I play them) and it amplifies the sound of my banjo's . I really like the design of his bridges and the thickness is very good (they have enough mass, but not to heavy, nor to thin) The maple grain always runs nice and straight and most of them have very few growth lines in the wood (which I feel is the key to good sound transfer like a spruce top on a guitar) I would highly recommend you to try one of his bridges if haven't yet (their awesome)

Overall Rating: 10

Tuners: Cheat-a-keys

Submitted by deering-dan on 1/29/2009

Where Purchased: Direct from Dave Brown

Overall Comments

After talking to some of the artist using and performing with Cheat-a-keys on their banjos, I was convinced that I wanted to try a set on my banjo. I had previously owned and tried several different types of tuners manufacturers down through the years . Needless to say I wasn't pleased with any of them, nor did I feel confident enough to perform using them (there was a lot of tuning problems, just couldn't get them stable). After installing the Cheat-a Keys (which by the way was very easy to install and set up) I'm very pleased with them, and for the fact that it doesn't interfere with the tuning process of your banjo(since the tuner device is independent of you tuning keys and you don't have to drill holes in the banjo headstock). I highly recommend this D tuner, because they work very well and once you initially tweak them, their plug and play. This product gets a AAAA++++ from me.

Overall Rating: 10

Tone Rings: Mitchel's Tone Ring Mate

Submitted by deering-dan on 1/28/2009

Where Purchased: Direct From Mitch Meadors

Overall Comments

I installed the Mithchel's Tone Ring Mate In my 30's Gibson TB-11 conversion with a 1934 TB-3 arch top tone ring. My 11 was originally cut down for a flat head style tone ring. After trying several different tone rings in it, I heard some pre-war banjos with the Mitchel's Tone Ring Mate and I really liked the sound I heard . I had my banjo body shimmed up for a arch top tone and installed a pre-war ring and the Tone Ring Mate. It gave my banjo more bottom end and really balanced the low's and high's. every note is clean and distinct no matter where I am on the neck. It fatten the sound of every string with a 3rd & 4th that will knock you over. I must admit this is the best my old Gibson has ever sounded and I'm not planning to look for something better, (I've already found it.) I would definably recommend the Tone Ring Mate for your banjo, verses conversion rings or cutting your original body's down.

Overall Rating: 10

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