Posted by Monte on November 28, 2001 at 12:19:51:
In Reply to: Monte: Please tell us more about the Stat-B posted by David on November 27, 2001 at 21:54:13:
: Saw your later replies to my thread below about natural sound and wanted to know more. Have you been working with it more? How does it sound with a bow? What are your general impressions?
Through my Acoustic Image Contra, it is the most natural sounding, clear pickup with no harshness I've ever heard. I still think the Dyn-B is better still, but only if you are playing through a PA or with their special pre-amp which is very expensive. I haven't had the opportunity to use it on a gig yet (everything I've done lately has had a PA, but I have several Christmas parties scheduled that I will try it with and post my impressions. I didn't play a lot with the bow before I sent it off to be re-haired, but initial impressions were that it was very good. The sound just lacks the harshness that piezo pickups give you.
For another impression, here is what Bryce from Hammond Ashley said about it:
I am still using a Schertler Stat B on by carved bass,
with Contra and Velvet Anima strings (gut core). This
is on an Arvi bass, and I love the combination. The
Stat B is very practical, because the sound is great,
and can go quite loud. It is not as absolutely
natural as a mic, but does not feedback, or have bleed
problems. They also make the Dynamic system, which is
a voice coil that sticks to the belly of the bass. It
sounds like a nice mic, again without bleed, or
excessive feedback. In conjunction with the Pub
speaker, mentioned in the new double bassist, the
sound is about as natural as you can get. If you want
more info on Schertler, Fishman, and Velvet, I have
some on my website under accessories, and also a link
to their websites. http://www.bassviolins.com.
Here's something else he said on another occasion:
I use the Stat B and like it pretty well. It is a bit
more "pickupy" than the DynB, AMT, or Realist, but it
has advantages. It has more highs than these
pickups/mics. This allows one to EQ the pickup well
to be heard in loud situations, and also to sound good
in quiter settings or the studio. All pickups are
compromises, and this is one of the better ones.
Hope this helps.
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