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Where Purchased: Jeffrey Weitzel weitzelbanjo.com
Communication/customer service - Outstanding. Mr. Weitzel communicated via email, explained the different options available, and made the bridge to my specifications. Communication was prompt, with no extended time lapses between emails answering my questions.
Shipping - Prompt. The bridge was received so quickly that I believe it was manufactured and mailed the same day that payment was sent.
Quality - The bridge appears to be durable. 5 of the feet appear almost identical, one of the feet is noticeably narrower than the other 5. It appears to have been a secondary result of sanding or filing the bridge for fit and finish. All 6 feet contact the head evenly with no undue stresses on the bridge. the 1st and 5th strings are spaced perfectly in the middle over the arch between the feet, while the 2nd-4th strings are noticeably (a couple thousandths) off center toward the 5th string. The notch for the 4th string is bigger so there was no problem getting that wound 4th string to seat properly. The bridge is compensated, and the top is flat to match my flat fretboard. Overall the bridge is very nice and looks nice on my banjo.
Sound - I found this bridge to have a very bright sound. It is the nicest bridge I have tried to date, replacing a moon bridge I was previously using.
Cons - The only real con to this bridge is that I cannot use my Mike's Banjo Mute with it. I really should have noticed this before buying it, but am glad I did because it does sound great. I do not know if I will keep the bridge on and lose the ability to mute or if I will go to a Hatfield Compensated bridge. I will not likely go back to the Moon.
I would definitely recommend this bridge for a nice bright sound, but only if you do not use a banjo mute on a regular basis.
UPDATE: As of July 31st I am still using this bridge and love it! I have decided that the sound this bridge gives my banjo far outweighs the inability to mute the instrument. I will be a return customer.
Overall Rating: 10
Where Purchased: From Mike
Received this from Mike in about 3 days. The mute really works well, makes my banjo have more of a low volume guitar sound. Makes it very easy to practice without bothering those around you.
Overall Rating: 10
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