I’ve not tried ANYTHING else except for vintage correct thumbwheels and the FU bridge.No I am not only saying I am satisfied, and I feel because these are two competitors, like sports, it is fine to drop what we think is the best. I am saying this as my honest opinion and from the opinion of a few others with vintage guitars, the Cooper bridge is better in our comparison compared to the Four Uncles bridge. We compared it with a bridge you purport to have given you sound you claim is high and above everything you have tried.
I think the best part, is that Cooper flatly told me that it may not make a difference in sound for me, yet it did slightly, whereas the posts I've seen by Dave Stephens on Facebook and others claims that the Four Uncles bridge will upgrade the sound of our guitars for vintage accuracy or whatever that means. I even did one of the tone tests Dave did himself by dropping the vintage pieces on the table and comparing them, the Four Uncles still sounded different to my old ones and so did the Cooper. All the bridges had a different sound. From a quality perspective though because the Cooper is CNC and Four Uncles bridge is sand cast (which the originals were die cast), we expected the Cooper to be more precise, and it is. I still feel, there are too many outside factors to effectively conclude that it is the bridge though, could it be the posts? Could it be the thumbwheels? What about my amplifier? The speakers and the capacitors?
I’ll say this: while the sound tone whatever is significantly better than a stock historic? It’s NOT more vintage. It’s just better tone. And I did nothing to the amp. The settings stayed exactly the same and the the strings were exactly the same between stock bridge and FU. Not changed to new strings. It was louder in volume through the amp. Not huge but it’s louder clearer and better tone. I know, it’s hard to describe? But just note that if you’re running stock gear and you change to correct thumbwheels and bridge? You SHALL hear a difference.
I am just tired of the snake oil claims made by certain companies about their products especially in our quest for vintage tone. I agree we all like what we like. The most recent Historic we had to compare was a 2021, but when my M2M comes this year, I'm swapping it out for the Cooper. I think both would be great options, but we found the Cooper was better. This area is swelled with PAF like sound debates.