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Rod_Neep
Jan-22-2009, 9:53am
It arrived this morning... My New Weber Bridger A is here!

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-01.jpg

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-02.jpg

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-03.jpg

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-04.jpg

Its different to a standard Bridger A in that the finish is "Buckskin".
http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-05.jpg

Rod_Neep
Jan-22-2009, 9:53am
http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-06.jpg

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-07.jpg

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-08.jpg

http://www.rod-neep.com/rod/instruments/mandolin-weber-bridger-a/weber-bridger-09.jpg

Initial impressions:

It is immaculately built! Flawless!

The "buckskin" finish works particularly well at "popping" the flame of the maple. (The standard finish is a little lighter than this).

It sounds a little "tight" at the moment", but I am hearing a difference after only an hour of playing, as it is leaning not to be a tree.

I am aware of the matte finish neck being a little "sticky" under the thumb when moving around, but that will probably smooth up with playing.

Verdict: I love it already!
Well done to the guys at Weber. You made an old guy very happy indeed! Thanks.

Rod

CES
Jan-22-2009, 9:57am
Man, she's pretty!!

viv
Jan-22-2009, 10:19am
WOW! love the color. very pretty little thing, she is.....enjoy! :mandosmiley:

JEStanek
Jan-22-2009, 10:19am
I've always loved the design on those Bridgers. Congrats, Rod. Enjoy it.

Jamie

Barbara Shultz
Jan-22-2009, 10:59am
Congratulations! Those must have been fast swimming mules!! :)) I love mine!

Barb

sykofiddle
Jan-22-2009, 11:37am
Wow! That is truly beautiful.

I'm particularly interested because the burgundy finish Bridger that used to be at Guitar Tex in San Antonio is on its way to me as I type....should be here Friday.

Kevin Briggs
Jan-23-2009, 11:14am
Awesome! Sound clips?

Rod_Neep
Jan-27-2009, 12:18pm
Well... OK then, but bear in mind that I am totally novice at the mandolin, and this little video clip was made just 4 weeks after picking one up for the very first time.

I'm already loving it though.

Here is a short video

Rod

Kevin Briggs
Jan-27-2009, 2:26pm
Awesome! I love the sustain. That sounds like a dream, and you have the spirit for it.

DougC
Jan-27-2009, 5:03pm
Well Rod, your video is appreciated here in Minnesota. Thank you very much for the video. I wish everyone would make a nice little video like yours, so we could hear, as well as see, these fine instruments.

mandolirius
Jan-27-2009, 5:20pm
<Man, she's pretty!!>

Yeah. And really nice job with the pics.

John Hill
Jan-27-2009, 6:42pm
Wonderful. I've always admired the Bridger A look and the tone is there for sure.

sgarrity
Jan-27-2009, 6:48pm
Good looking and great sounding mandolin! Gotta love that deep, resonant oval hole tone.

Don Grieser
Jan-27-2009, 8:19pm
Rod,

The smile on your face when you start playing is what it's all about. The Bridger sounds wonderful. I believe you two were made for each other. Congratulations.

Don

dulcillini
Jan-27-2009, 8:37pm
Sounds wonderful Rod. Congratulations from a fellow Weber-ite !

My Weber Bridger A Mandola (or tenor mandola as you call them in the UK) is due to arrive in two days. Can't wait.

Mike:mandosmiley:

Rod_Neep
Jan-27-2009, 9:33pm
Rod,
The smile on your face when you start playing is what it's all about. Don

Ah! you noticed. :grin:
It was always going to be hard to hide that.
And its the same every time I pick it up.:mandosmiley:

Mike said:
My Weber Bridger A Mandola (or tenor mandola as you call them in the UK) is due to arrive in two days. Can't wait.
Mike

That should be awesome! I am sure that you will enjoy that one! I can imagine a similar sound but even bigger and more round. You can probably guess what I have been looking at on the Weber site this evening. :whistling:

Rod

JeffD
Jan-27-2009, 10:34pm
I have a Weber Aspen II. It similarly rings and rings and rings and rings.

I suspect yours has a slightly warmer sound than mine - mine might be a little brighter. But its hard to tell via video clip.

Enjoy.

Jill McAuley
Jan-28-2009, 12:37pm
I was just wondering this morning how you were getting on with your new Weber, lovely tone out of it! Nice custom Bridger A in the Cafe classifieds right now - if I had a bunch of disposable income I'd be all over that one. My next addition is likely to be one of Steve Smith's little Traveler Pancakes, but after that I've definitely got a Bridger A in my sights! All the best and enjoy!

Cheers,
Jill

Tony Polecastro
Jan-29-2009, 3:09pm
Rod,
Glad to see a smile on your face playing that Bridger!!! Thanks for the call too!!! I am thinking you will learn the mandolin very quickly!

And a message to everyone don't forget to wish Rod Happy birthday tomorrow (1-30-09)

Happy Birthday Rod, keep on pickin'

Rod_Neep
Jan-30-2009, 2:49am
Thanks Tony. :)

Today I am going to see if I can "rent a cottage in the Isle of Wight, if its not too dear".

Cheers
Rod