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Aug 9, 2022 - 4:57:27 AM
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otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

So I would like to try the Scorpion bridge since it has such high reviews here....problem is that I can't find it anywhere...they don't have it in stock anywhere...please does anyone have this bridge on consignment? Thank you good soul!
Otto

Aug 9, 2022 - 5:10:10 AM
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170 posts since 7/26/2020

You can purchase the bridge from here:

https://www.banjoteacher.com/banjo-supplies/bridges/scorpion-banjo-bridges-by-silvio-ferretti-58th-height.html

Or here (they're sold out of standard spacing, but do have Crowe spacing):

https://store.banjobenclark.com/products/scorpion-bridge?_pos=1&_sid=97db7f02e&_ss=r&variant=9749884239919

I'm not sure about international shipping.

Also you can contact Silvio Ferritti directly. I do believe he is a hangout member.

Edited by - RoCopickin20 on 08/09/2022 05:13:48

Aug 9, 2022 - 5:40:53 AM
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HSmith

UK

477 posts since 12/30/2005

These are excellent bridges, I have one in my collection. Rather than buying from the USA, you may find it less expensive and quicker to buy from Eagle Music here in the UK. They have them in stock in a range of heights, and in standard or Crowe spacing.

Aug 9, 2022 - 5:41:49 AM
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beegee

USA

23056 posts since 7/6/2005

Silvio Feretti has a website. He's in Genova, Italy

Aug 9, 2022 - 6:47:01 AM
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otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

I already tried that, they don't have international shipping...

Aug 9, 2022 - 6:49:20 AM

otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

quote:
Originally posted by HSmith

These are excellent bridges, I have one in my collection. Rather than buying from the USA, you may find it less expensive and quicker to buy from Eagle Music here in the UK. They have them in stock in a range of heights, and in standard or Crowe spacing.


I also tried it at Eagle Music, they have a bridge in the e-shop, but after ordering they wrote that not for five-string banjos...only for four-strings...

Aug 9, 2022 - 6:49:53 AM

otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

quote:
Originally posted by beegee

Silvio Feretti has a website. He's in Genova, Italy


I try...

Aug 9, 2022 - 7:36:51 AM
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1967 posts since 5/19/2018

They are great bridges.

If I recall correctly, I got mine via eBay. Worth a try.

Also put an ad in the Hangout classifieds in the wanted section. I’m sure there has to be one or two laying about not on an instrument that someone can part with. Just make sure you mention what height you want and that it is for a five string banjo.

Aug 9, 2022 - 8:12:28 AM
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Helix

USA

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They are great bridges, but I gave mine away that was sent to me as a gift.

I respect his opinion that "Made in USA" is a thing of the past, but I disagree with that opinion.

He should stick to Italian made bridges from some of the finest trees on the globe.

We have the North American Hardwood Forest to select and choose from.

Send him some wood to make things from.

He makes bridges and banjos true to tradition.

Check with Scott Zimmerman, he might be aware.

Aug 9, 2022 - 8:18:14 AM
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13577 posts since 6/2/2008

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Originally posted by otto1258

I already tried that, they don't have international shipping...


Try again. I purchased a bridge directly from Silvio and he shipped it to me in the U.S.

I corresponded with him by email. I forget how I paid.

I also visited his shop in Genova in November 2019 and picked up a bridge in person. That was fun.

Write to him here. Tell him what you want. Ask if he can ship.


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Aug 9, 2022 - 8:23:47 AM
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Helix

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Way to go, Ken.

Aug 9, 2022 - 9:12:39 AM
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otto1258

Czech Republic

25 posts since 7/4/2022

quote:
Originally posted by Old Hickory
quote:
Originally posted by otto1258

I already tried that, they don't have international shipping...


Try again. I purchased a bridge directly from Silvio and he shipped it to me in the U.S.

I corresponded with him by email. I forget how I paid.

I also visited his shop in Genova in November 2019 and picked up a bridge in person. That was fun.

Write to him here. Tell him what you want. Ask if he can ship.


This is exactly what I did a while ago....now, waiting to see what he writes...

Aug 9, 2022 - 1:10:50 PM
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jbalch

USA

8844 posts since 11/28/2003

Excellent Bridges. I use them on a few of my banjos! Mine came directly from Silvio a few years ago.

Aug 10, 2022 - 3:21:45 AM
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309 posts since 11/4/2012

Elderly stocks them.

Aug 10, 2022 - 10:48:44 AM
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banjopaolo

Italy

1651 posts since 11/6/2008

Aug 11, 2022 - 2:10:07 PM
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2073 posts since 10/9/2004

Just received two in the mail directly from Dr. Silvio about a week ago. Took about two weeks from the time I gave him the specs for two 14” radiused bridges, standard spacing. I have pro’ly a dozen of his bridges now and they are all terrific! He is a major credit to his craft.

Cheers,
Quagmire

Oh, yeah - I paid by PayPal.

Edited by - Quagmire on 08/11/2022 14:11:26

Aug 15, 2022 - 6:54 AM
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5144 posts since 11/18/2003

Hi guys,
First things first: 1) my US dealers sell my bridges within the USA, I deal personally with orders from the rest of the World, and Eagle Music takes care of the UK.
2) Larry, I NEVER said - or thought - that Made in the USA Is a thing of the past. I have outmost respect for great builders like my friends Snuffy Smith, David Wadsworth, Joel Aderhold, Mike Smith, and Scott Zimmerman, and I LOVE North American maple. Snuffy mostly used European maple, but had special batches of old US maple for friends and pros. Plus, all of the aforementioned guys taught me a lot abould building, and about deontology, so PLEASE avoid putting words in my mouth, will you?
3) I use old Bosnian maple for my stock bridges, and different kinds of US maple for certain custom models. Each type of maple has it's own tonal features so I use them depending on the result I expect. For certain types of sound I simply defer the customer to a competitor if the sound he/she is after is not what I can offer.
Thank you for your interest.

Aug 15, 2022 - 6:55:49 AM

5144 posts since 11/18/2003

quote:
Originally posted by otto1258

So I would like to try the Scorpion bridge since it has such high reviews here....problem is that I can't find it anywhere...they don't have it in stock anywhere...please does anyone have this bridge on consignment? Thank you good soul!
Otto


Hi Otto,

Please email me on silvioferretti@gmail.com and we can talk.

Silvio 

Aug 16, 2022 - 3:18:15 AM
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Helix

USA

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Unfortunately, Silvio , I have the email. It's ok not to remember. Please don't do it again. My address was requested.

Aug 17, 2022 - 1:19:57 PM
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5144 posts since 11/18/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Helix

Unfortunately, Silvio , I have the email. It's ok not to remember. Please don't do it again. My address was requested.


I am very interested to see what I REALLY wrote. I'm kinda used to not remember things, and I have no problem reminding myself that we don't get any younger, but "Made in the USA is a thing of the past" has never been my thing. 

Aug 20, 2022 - 8:07:19 AM
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4383 posts since 12/24/2003

Silvio's bridges are why I got started in bridge making. He's an excellent craftsman and he pays attention to details, when it comes to what sounds good on resonator bluegrass banjos.

Silvio sent me some "Arkansas maple" one time, and it made some outstanding bridges! Silvio, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was Arkansas maple that you sent me. Your Bosnian maple bridges have always been very consistent in tone. It's nice when we have the luxury of getting maple from different parts of the world.

Tim

Aug 23, 2022 - 5:52:11 AM
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5144 posts since 11/18/2003

quote:
Originally posted by Tim Purcell

Silvio's bridges are why I got started in bridge making. He's an excellent craftsman and he pays attention to details, when it comes to what sounds good on resonator bluegrass banjos.

Silvio sent me some "Arkansas maple" one time, and it made some outstanding bridges! Silvio, correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe it was Arkansas maple that you sent me. Your Bosnian maple bridges have always been very consistent in tone. It's nice when we have the luxury of getting maple from different parts of the world.

Tim


Hi Tim! Thank you for writing. I sure said "Arkansas maple", but it was not a scientific definition by any means, that maple simple came from a very good friend of mine who had rescued that maple in Little Rock! It's still the best maple I've ever used - bar none - at least for the "old Mastertone sound" that I've always been after. I really like the European (mostly Bosnian, I guess) variety for an all-purpose bridge, that's why I use it for my stock bridges, which 90% of the times go to people whose tastes in banjo sound I ignore. Northern American maple, OTOH, is the real deal - IMO - for a hard-core Bluegrass banjo sound. But I shouldn't tell you this: you have a vast knowledge of North American hardwood, and use it very well. BTW, when somebody asks me for a bridge and says that he/she likes a certain sound (say - Alison Brown's Deering) I don't even start thinking about it, and steer him/her onto Sampson bridges. Likewise, I might advise the potential customers to check out David Wadsworth's True Five bridges (and all the other models Dave makes), Bart Veerman, Mike Smith, or one Tim Purcell: I know these guys, and they know their stuff. As Sonny would have said, "case closed".

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