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May 30, 2020 - 8:04:25 AM
2003 posts since 1/23/2003

10 years or so ago I replace the head on my Stelling with a heavy Remo head. I also used a 2.3 g bridge ro deasen the sound for recording project and it worked great. I'm looking for advice on head and bridge replacements so I waste less time and money experimenting. Big Thanks in advance to all responders.

May 30, 2020 - 9:00:03 AM



2709 posts since 11/29/2007

Bridges are so subjective as to the tone they produce, it would be hard to say which one might work for you and the setup of your banjo, imo. You might communicate with some of the individual bridge builders, tell them what you play, and ask them to suggest something. Some might even offer to take the bridge back if undamaged and send you something else to try.


May 30, 2020 - 10:55:29 AM



2003 posts since 1/23/2003

Thanks Bobby. I have a bunch of bridges to try on hand. I'm more interested in heads that most people use other than the heads Geoff uses on all his new banjos.

May 30, 2020 - 11:43:08 AM

4147 posts since 6/15/2005

AMB heads have always worked well on my 1991Golden Cross, and to my ear the stock Stelling bridge has always delivered the widest range of tone on that banjo.

That said, my 2016 Afton Star - the first one of that model ever made, a truly wonderful banjo - sounds great to me with the logo-less Remo head that was on the banjo when I bought it from Geoff at IBMA last year. But I did switch out the bridge for one of Silvio Ferretti's Scorpions, 11/16" like the standard Stelling bridge. (I really like Silvio's bridges, they are on 4 of my banjos.) The Afton Star is a woody, a mahogany banjo with a Tony Pass "Almost Flathead" integrated birch rim/tonering and weighs only 8.5 pounds. I think the Scorpion adds a little crispness and warmth to the tone.

May 30, 2020 - 12:56:05 PM

10830 posts since 6/2/2008
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Originally posted by pdbanjo

I'm looking for advice on head and bridge replacements so I waste less time and money experimenting. Big Thanks in advance to all responders.

Have you ruled out a Stelling (Remo) head and Stelling old wood bridge? You know: the parts Geoff puts on new banjos.

Stelling online store.

May 30, 2020 - 1:40:48 PM



2003 posts since 1/23/2003

Thanks guys! I haven't ruled out any heads yet. I may order one of Geoff's heads. I still have his bridge that came on it in '99 but the head ended up missing somewhere after all the years.
I'm in no hurry to make this Red Fox worthy of playing out again so if any others would care to chime in, I'd sure appreciate any ideas you can share.

May 30, 2020 - 3:05 PM

656 posts since 12/26/2006

Hi Dave
Greetings from England. Ok, so my 1979 Superstar runs a newish Stelling head ( great ) and a Tim Purcell old Canadian Birch bridge at 2.3 grams. I have tried several high end bridges on this Super Star but the Purcell is extremely good. Massive bass and high notes make your eyes water..... I find Tims bridges very consistent and they always deliver.

Geoff's bridges are very good but to my ear just a tad heavy and a bit bigger than my Purcell.
I do not think you need a heavy bridge on a Stelling. let her breathe.

All the best
Dave Nixon

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