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Re: Most natural sounding p/u & amp?

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Posted by Monte on November 09, 2001 at 10:07:02:

In Reply to: Most natural sounding p/u & amp? posted by dave on November 08, 2001 at 18:42:48:

: I know we've been over and over this, but my Realist & Polytone combo just aren't doing it for me anymore. Artificial, too much addded mwah, not warm etc.

: I'd rather avoid the hassles of mics (I use one for PA shows). What really sounds natural for pickup and amp (don't want the amp to weigh a ton).

: Thanks!

I'll definitely agree with the Acoustic Image products; good stuff! For pickup, I'll throw out that I prefer both of the Schertler products to the Realist. To me, the Realist is extremely natural, but tends to get very muddy the farther from the amp you are in the audience. I've seen this on numerous occasions hearing bassists who use it. I contrast this with the Stat-B (the one I would recommend with an amp)which I heard Richard Davis using at an outdoor festival. In contrast with an un-named bassist that same day who used a Realist, you could hear him all over the festival grounds, bith pizz and arco. I use the Dyn-B, and although it isn't supposed to work through a bass amp, I get great reuslts going straight into my Acoustic Image Contra with only a Audio-Technica impedence matching plug (converts the XLR to standard 1/4")between, which cost $12 at Guitar Center. The difference is that Schertlers are not piezos, and it makes all the difference in the world.
They are however expensive ($265 for the Stat-B and preamp, $560 for the Dyn-B), so try your Realist with an Acoustic Image first and stand about 50' away with another bassist playing, and if it works for you, great. Also, as a disclaimer, I'm an endorser of Schertler, but I wouldn't be an endorser if I didn't believe they are the best on the market.


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