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Nov 27, 2020 - 7:05:58 AM
157 posts since 9/14/2019

I'm thinking of getting one of these for my Pisgah Woodchuck. I like the sound but wouldn't mind it being a little mellower and this bridge supposedly will do that.

Has anybody tried one?

John

Nov 27, 2020 - 7:29:19 AM

6 posts since 11/29/2015

I love Pisgah and Balsam Banjo Works. I tried one of these, and it was just a little mellow for my taste. I think it is a handsome bridge, but just deadened the sound too much. I got a Docs Banjo Bridge and it is a work of art and sounds just like I wanted.
My banjo is a Pisgah Dobson, and I have taken some steps to get the sound just where I want it, including a Hawktail Tailpiece from Pisgah/Balsam, heavier strings, and a Fiberskyn head. I think the addition of the Mulheron was just a bridge too far laugh. Sorry. 
If your banjo is bright already, it might work well for you. 
quote:
Originally posted by watercarving

I'm thinking of getting one of these for my Pisgah Woodchuck. I like the sound but wouldn't mind it being a little mellower and this bridge supposedly will do that.

Has anybody tried one?

John


Nov 27, 2020 - 7:38:16 AM

157 posts since 9/14/2019

quote:
Originally posted by JoshuaWhite
I love Pisgah and Balsam Banjo Works. I tried one of these, and it was just a little mellow for my taste. I think it is a handsome bridge, but just deadened the sound too much. I got a Docs Banjo Bridge and it is a work of art and sounds just like I wanted.
My banjo is a Pisgah Dobson, and I have taken some steps to get the sound just where I want it, including a Hawktail Tailpiece from Pisgah/Balsam, heavier strings, and a Fiberskyn head. I think the addition of the Mulheron was just a bridge too far laugh. Sorry. 
If your banjo is bright already, it might work well for you. 
quote:
Originally posted by watercarving

I'm thinking of getting one of these for my Pisgah Woodchuck. I like the sound but wouldn't mind it being a little mellower and this bridge supposedly will do that.

Has anybody tried one?

John


 


My Woodchuck is a little bright and has some overtones I'd like to squash.

I know nothing about instrument building.  I aspire to be a great player (I'm not even average CH'ist yet) and would love to know more about the building side.

What did the Hawktail tailpiece do for you that the other doesn't do?

How much did the Fiberskyn head affect the sound?

Where do you start with getting a different sound?  The tailpiece, head, or bridge?

 

Thanks,

John

Nov 27, 2020 - 7:50:23 AM

6 posts since 11/29/2015

 

My Woodchuck is a little bright and has some overtones I'd like to squash.

I know nothing about instrument building.  I aspire to be a great player (I'm not even average CH'ist yet) and would love to know more about the building side.

What did the Hawktail tailpiece do for you that the other doesn't do?

How much did the Fiberskyn head affect the sound?

Where do you start with getting a different sound?  The tailpiece, head, or bridge?

 

Thanks,

John



I am certainly no expert on any aspect of what I am talking about, just my own personal experience. 

The Hawktail added some downward pressure to the strings and made the banjo just a little punchier/poppier. As a bonus, it looks great!

I started with a renaissance head, and really liked it, but just wanted a mellower sound. I got a John Balch skin head and tried that for a bit. It sounds great, comes pre-mounted from Balsam, and was very easy to install. I just found it to be variable, as skin heads will be, with changes in humidity. So I switched to the Fiberskyn and have been very happy. It is on the mellower side of things but still gives a good mid-range response without any variability. 

I think the bridge is the cheapest, easy way to start to play with sound. It can make an unbelievable difference, changes take just a few seconds, and you can really find the sound you are looking for. 

Nov 30, 2020 - 5:15:34 PM

4911 posts since 5/14/2007

The easiest and cheapest way to alter the sound is to change the head tension. If the banjo is a little bright, try loosening the head tension a little, maybe a quarter turn on each of the hook nuts.

Stuffing the head is the other low-cost "appropriate technology" solution.

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