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Installing Bridge Rollers-Which Material is Best?

Discussion in 'Basses [DB]' started by beobass, Apr 22, 2010.


  1. beobass

    beobass

    Nov 26, 2005
    CT
    Hello Everyone,

    I just got a beautiful 5/8 German bass from the WWII era! Its a laminated bass that I will be using mostly for Jazz and theater work. Beautiful tone... anyway, I am having the luthier install rollers in the bridge and was curious if there are better materials than others that I should request?

    Thanks!
     
  2. davpal

    davpal

    May 19, 2006
    Lambertville, NJ
    I've never heard of bridge rollers - could you explain?


    Oh, you mean threaded adjusters to change bridge height.
     
  3. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    on a laminated bass I doubt if you will be able to hear the difference between different adjusters. Just make sure your luthier fits them so that your lowest setting is as low as you will want to go, because sooner or later you'll want to try it out! Personally I'd use aluminium, threads down.
     
  4. John Sprague

    John Sprague Sam Shen's US Distributor

    Mar 10, 2003
    Rochester, NY
    Sales Manager, CSC Products Inc.
    Which material is better for adjusters? Out here in the country we call them "fightin' words". By the time everyone rings in on their faves, there will be blood in the streets and people refusing to talk to each other anymore.

    You just have to try some, if you like 'em, they're the best. I seem to recall someone doing a study on this complete with charts and graphs, and then others panning the guy's study. :) Bass luthieri is apparently not for the thin-skinned.

    Your bass, however, sounds like an interesting piece, got photos?
     
  5. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Aluminum. Anyone who says anything else is an idiot who should be killed.
     
  6. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    BTW... I've never tried anything else.
     
  7. I agree wholeheartedly.
    I dug the look of brass.....don't do that. IMO.
     
  8. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007
    Aluminum, yep, I like those. But all aluminum is not created equally. A luthier once demonstrated this to me by rolling around a couple of different sets of adjusters in his hand and comparing the "tap tones" between the sets. He said he preferred using the ones with the higher pitch. FWIW.
     
  9. Matthew Tucker

    Matthew Tucker Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2002
    Sydney, Australia
    Owner: Bresque Basses, Sydney Basses and Cellos
    :rollno:
     
  10. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007
    Lighter, harder, and brighter alloy is no good then? Please explain.
     
  11. JtheJazzMan

    JtheJazzMan

    Apr 10, 2006
    Australia
    It maybe a good experiment to try the aluminium ones, then take them off and have at them with a drill.

    Ive been waiting for a chance to try a set of adjusters which I removed 3g of aluminium from the wheel by drilling 16 holes (10g down to 7g)
     
  12. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    +1. Minimizing weight seems to be desirable. Don't know about hardness.
     
  13. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    I think it's been pretty well established that aluminum adjusters have minimal if any effect on the sound of one's bass. Whatever teenytiny change that may occur is easily compensated for by the convenience of quick string height adjustment.
     
  14. Ed Fuqua

    Ed Fuqua

    Dec 13, 1999
    NYC
    Chuck Sher publishes my book, WALKING BASSICS:The Fundamentals of Jazz Bass Playing.
    But it goes to 0.0000000000000000000000000000011.
     
  15. fdeck

    fdeck Supporting Member Commercial User

    Mar 20, 2004
    Madison WI
    HPF Technology LLC
    :D

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  16. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    I know of a guitar player who claims he can hear a difference between Duracell and Eveready batteries in his stomp boxes.
     
  17. MR PC

    MR PC Banned

    Dec 1, 2007
    FWIW, from Lemur Music's catalog description of the adjusters they stock.

    "Aluminum bridge adjusters (pair). This precision part is machined from solid aluminum bar stock using numerical control technology to assure exact squareness of the wheel and shaft. The diameter is kept to 1 1/8" in order to minimize weight."
     
  18. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Then surely, he needs one of these. ;)
     
  19. robobass

    robobass

    Aug 1, 2005
    Cologne, Germany
    Private Inventor - Bass Capos
    Yeah. Well it's well known that those Energizer Bunnies are actually alien scouts, so it makes sense that the emf instructions they are receiving would add distortion to the signal. That's why I never leave the house without my copper mesh cap.
     
  20. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver

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