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Dec 7, 2023 - 11:00:17 AM
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2769 posts since 7/18/2007

I just wanted to give a shout out to Brian Munday and his "Aztec" banjo bridges. Being pretty cynical about anything "new and improved" I recently tried one out on my Stelling knowing that Brian knows a thing or two about them and I'm always looking for ways to improve tone on mine. Well, I'm happy to report that the uniquely designed Aztec bridge made a rather nice improvement on a banjo that I was already pretty happy with. The best way to describe it is it really livened up the bass response while also improving the overall "sparkle" enhancing the already beautiful and powerful Stelling sound. It gives a more balanced tone overall without losing volume. Then I tried one of his traditional designed bridges on another Stelling and it also improved the tone over the existing bridge. The key is to get the weight of the bridge and the type of wood matched to the application and Brian will work with you on that unlike just ordering a bridge from one of the online retailers where you have little input as to what you'll end up with.  

As anyone with experience will tell you a bridge can make or break a banjo. If you're looking for something that doesn't cost a fortune to improve your banjo's performance I highly recommend trying out a Munday bridge. Brian is a member here if interested.

Edited by - banjoez on 12/10/2023 09:22:26

Dec 7, 2023 - 7:16:47 PM
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kat eyz

USA

1164 posts since 10/1/2003

Brian and I have been close friends for near 40 years now For about 15 years now Brian goes to SPBGMA with me in nashville and helps me at the Kat Eyz /Snuffy Smith vendor booth . Over the years he has swapped out a ton of bridges for customers to see what a different bridge sounds like on there banjo. This is fun for us and the customer and is very educational to find out how particular bridge and bridge weights react to anything from a real deal old gibson to an entry level banjo....so yes Brian has been around the block a time or 2 concerning bridges and i wish him well on his bridge making adventures.

Dec 7, 2023 - 8:36:53 PM
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TN Time

USA

836 posts since 12/6/2021

Will the Aztec bridge help to tone down a shrill higher pitch banjo and give it a more mellow sound? If so, I would buy one.
Robert

Edited by - TN Time on 12/07/2023 20:40:04

Dec 9, 2023 - 7:37:15 AM

banjoez

USA

2769 posts since 7/18/2007

quote:
Originally posted by TN Time

Will the Aztec bridge help to tone down a shrill higher pitch banjo and give it a more mellow sound? If so, I would buy one.
Robert


You would have to ask Brian. I'm sure he can create a bridge that has the properties you're looking for.

Here's his ad: https://www.banjohangout.org/classified/97623

Dec 10, 2023 - 12:50:42 PM
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1909 posts since 9/10/2003

quote:
Originally posted by TN Time

Will the Aztec bridge help to tone down a shrill higher pitch banjo and give it a more mellow sound? If so, I would buy one.
Robert


 Robert, it was a pleasure talking to you on the phone yesterday. Your bridges will be in the mail tomorrow. we"ll get your banjo dialed in. smiley

Brian. 

Dec 17, 2023 - 7:52:39 PM
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TN Time

USA

836 posts since 12/6/2021

Recently received a couple of Brian's Aztec bridges to try on my Gibson RB-100. I was not really satisfied with the sound I was getting so I thought I would try the Aztecs. I first tried the 2.04 weight bridge. There was an immediate improvement in the over all sound. The highs were not shrill like they were before but a mellow high If that's possible; and the base seemed mellow and not overpowering. The 4th string had that "crack" we are all after. In then tried the 2.24 weight and though it sounded pretty good, the lighter bridge sounded better to me; so back on it went. Today I played at a local jam and the RB-100 held it's own. The RB-100, lacking a full blown tone ring (a tone hoop instead) was not as loud as a tone ring banjo, but it blended in perfect with the other instruments in the jam and really added to the whole experience. If you want to improve the overall tone of your banjo, give the Aztec bridge a try.
Robert

Jan 5, 2024 - 10:48:53 AM
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banjoez

USA

2769 posts since 7/18/2007

As a followup to my original post I had the opportunity to try out a number of Aztec bridges on three different Stellings to see how they would do. As mentioned earlier I was not unhappy with the bridges I had on them but am always willing to try something different just to compare. I find the Aztec bridges add more color and depth without loss of clarity or volume. Very impressed with how much improvement these bridges made on each banjo. Very consistent results are the mark of a great bridge design IMHO. 

Here's the result.


Edited by - banjoez on 01/05/2024 10:54:35

Feb 1, 2024 - 12:37:08 PM
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1909 posts since 9/10/2003

Joe, thanks for taking the time to post your Aztec bridge results on your Stellings. They all sounded great to me but I'm biased Lol. wink

The most important thing is that you liked the results. By the way, nice  consistent setup skills. yes

Brian.

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