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Sep 13, 2022 - 7:19 PM
7331 posts since 2/14/2006

I just ordered a red maple bridge from Mike Smith. Mike says it may be a bit warmer than rock hard maple, and isn’t quite as dense. I ordered a 2.1g mass, and am excited to hear it. Mike said it should be fat sounding. I’ll try and post a sound mp3 after it’s on.

Has anyone else tried the red maple for bridges?

Sep 14, 2022 - 4:33:27 AM

51 posts since 12/23/2019

I have a red maple bridge by Tim Purcell. It's on a tenor made by Zach Hoyt which has a red maple rim with no separate tone ring and a red maple neck. Little banjo make big noise.

Sep 14, 2022 - 5:14:52 AM
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It's my favorite maple (actually favorite wood, period) for bridges, and I have tried red maple, sugar maple, spalted maple, and submerged maple.

Of course, this is all subjective.

Sep 14, 2022 - 5:46:50 AM
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1639 posts since 10/15/2019

One of my favorite bridges is a roasted red maple from Tim Purcell.

Sep 14, 2022 - 7:03:53 AM
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1493 posts since 4/12/2004

I like to marinate my bridges in maple syrup for 45 minutes before I install them on my banjo. And, before you ask, yes, I do use a soft cloth to clean off the residual coating of syrup before installation.

Sep 14, 2022 - 7:27:53 AM

230 posts since 5/3/2004

Nice pickin' Ken.

Sep 15, 2022 - 6:52:13 AM



54 posts since 7/13/2020

I have three roasted red maple bridges from Tim Purcell, and I just ordered another one a few days ago. They're my favorites by far.

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