Some of you may enjoy this story. I was in Klingspors.(sic) in Winston Salem today
Buying a new cutter for my bridge projects, and after mentioning I am making banjo bridges, the manager asked me if I knew Snuffy Smith, who came there often while he was still with us. He said Snuffy was on a trip to Italy, in Cremona, trying to visit Stradivari’s home , which happened to be closed for whatever reason. He knocked on the door, someone came to the door, and when Snuffy introduced himself, whoever it was knew about about his bridge fame, even in Italy, long way from good old NC.
Was Snuffy the Stradivari of bridge makers I thought?! Perhaps so. I also thought, who answered the knock on the door? Silvio?? :)
Edited by - jfb on 06/15/2021 18:36:15
Snuffy was one of the first builders in my experience who moved away from the Earl Scruggs school of thinning the bridge, as recommended in his book. The first time I tried a Snuffy bridge on my 28 Granada, i was impressed with the improvement in tone and volume. I currently use Scorpion Bridges, made by Silvio Ferrettti. I have tried bridges from many prominent makers, but keep coming back to the Scorpion. I have a stock of them in various gram-weights and 11/16" & .656" I still have a few Snuffy bridges and I will try them on various banjos as needed. I know Mike Smith is making Snuffy Bridges now and when my stock is depleted, I will order some more.
I have several bridges that get switched out regularly when things change, none hold superior status it seems. the weather or something seems to change things. I don't even ponder it much ,I just grab the box and switch them out. Snuffys yes they are good.
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