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Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood #2921449 12/09/19 09:22 PM
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Got a piano that I have to replace the entire bass bridge...Cracked in half on the apron.
Does anyone here know of a good supply place where I can get some rock maple properly dried and aged for the job?
Thanks ahead.


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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921468 12/09/19 11:00 PM
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What I do is go to the local hardwood supplier and buy a piece of lumber that is about 8" x 4" x 10'. Then I cut it up into just larger than bridge cap material. I put it up on shelves in my shop that stays warm. This is usually months in advance. You should have no problem as sugar maple (a.k.a hard maple) is common in your area.
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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921475 12/10/19 12:48 AM
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Most beautiful bridge wood I've ever seen is some I got a few months ago from Bell Forest Products in Ishpeming MI. They supply hardwoods all over the world.


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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921493 12/10/19 03:29 AM
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I’ve retrieved some nice hard maple from back posts of old unsalvagable uprights.


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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921524 12/10/19 07:19 AM
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Thanks for the replies, all...Unfortunately, Chris, I don't have any already seasoned on hand. I don't run into replacement of the full bridge that often (it's generally simply a new cap).
I can get cap material from my supplier, it's the seasoned maple for the rest none of the suppliers appear to provide.
If it came down to it I could repair this one (it closes up under clamp fairly nicely), but much rather replace it- as I don't like the grain pattern on this original, and it appears to be cracking in multiple areas (poor quality control at the time I think).


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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921584 12/10/19 11:22 AM
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Schaff duplicates bass bridges, if you want them to take care of it.


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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921750 12/10/19 11:03 PM
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Rick,

What about pinblock stock? Pretty rugged.

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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2921819 12/11/19 07:45 AM
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Thanks guys...Wanted to make the bridge myself.
Yes, Peter, will use pinblock material if it comes down to it-- but, was hoping for nice solid rock-maple with a good grain. Bolduc is yet to get back to me- they said they might have something.
Thanks again all.


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Re: Bass Bridge Replacement- Can't find supplier for wood [Re: Rick_Parks] #2922044 12/11/19 05:07 PM
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Though I also prefer seasoned wood, properly kilned dried wood would work just fine for a bass bridge especially if you cap it with quarter sawed hard maple. The size of the bridge and the fact that it is glued on two surfaces will keep it stable.


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