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Good reports from Curt Roseman on his
bridges for mandolins and a mandola



(10-11-2005)

Hi Red Ever since I made my first mandolin bridge based on your 6-hole design, I have been besieged by folks asking me to make one for them. I just give them a piece of maple and refer them to your site ... Hey, why should I have all the fun!

...Although I'll never be a builder, your work has inspired me to learn about more of the technical aspects of the mandolin than I could ever have imagined.



(5-18-2006)

Red,

Since finding your web site about a year ago, I have made a number of bridges of your design ... both for myself and friends. The latest effort was for a 1913 H-2 mandola which I acquired about 2 weeks ago. The results are among the most dramatic thus far.

The instrument came to me equipped a Loar type reproduction whose saddle was correctly compensated. That's the only good thing that I can say about it. The saddle had developed a split and the pressure on the posts had caused the outer wings of the bearing surface to bow up. Even after refitting, the sound was unbalanced ... mediocre at best.

After the new bridge was installed, and allowed to "bed in" for a few hours, the instrument is now tone-rich, well balanced, and projects accordingly. As for sustain ... I can hit a chord, put it in the case, close the case, and still hear it! Well, perhaps I'm exaggerating a little.But just a little.

I'm constantly amazed that this least of all intrusive procedures has such a profound effect on these instruments. In addition, it has given me new-found appreciation and knowledge of the mandolin family.

Thanks again,

Curt Roseman







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