Posted by Andy Seed on April 20, 2001 at 02:24:45:
In Reply to: primative amplication posted by Francis X. on April 19, 2001 at 23:33:15:
: When I was in Jr.high school(Brooklyn,NY) in the 1960's,I got to hear a lot of what were called "society bands"-small groups that played at weddings,bar mitzvahs,etc. I recall that a lot of the older bass players would take a cheap vocal mike,wrap it in foam rubber and tape it onto the tailpieces of their double basses. The mike was then plugged into either an Ampeg B-15 or a Sano(accordion amp;this seemed to work Ok. Has anyone out there ever tried this?
: Also,where can I get a pick-up for my junior-size bass that won't cost too much. My playing is mostly jamming with other amateurs at low volume(Jazz standards,C&W,Folk);I use a 50W Peavey amp for electric bass,but I want to play my upright at jams as well.
I tried the method you describe when I first started playing some 20 years ago and IT JUST DON'T WORK ! The sound is feeble with hardly any attack at all and it feeds back like you wouldn't believe !
The best pick-up that I found in the lower price range is the Underwood , which if it's good enough for Ray Brown then I'm damned sure it's good enough for you ! You can get them at most bass shops for about $150 but Lemur Music do them for $99.95 ! You get in touch with Lemur on www.lemurmusic.com - they'll send you a catalog.
For the past 5 years I've been using the Barbera pickup in both of my basses and it's even better than the Underwood but I do keep the Underwood handy just in case anything goes wrong.
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