809 bridges. That's right, 809 of them. That's how many mandolin bridges (mostly maple) I have made since I started making them in the summer of 2002.
--as you can see, I tried lots of things. Altogether, I tried about 25 mandolin bridge designs and over 30 different woods. In the end, though, maple proved to be the best-sounding wood, and I settled on just two designs for my production bridges, the 11-hole design and the winged design shown above.
All these experiments showed that maple usually provides the best combination of tone, volume and sustain for a mandolin bridge, and I eventually began selling the bridges. Over 750 bridges have been made for sale and shipped them out to customers, and most of those bridges are now installed on someone's mandolin. I have several site-pages devoted to the bridges, including my "hard-sell" page.
So, what conclusions can I draw from selling bridges for eight years? Well, for one thing, making and selling mandolin bridges won't make you rich. But the bridges are certainly worthwhile, when you see the look on a mandolin owner's face when he or she first hears their mandolin with a maple bridge on it!