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Re: HELP! Best Pickup needed NOW!

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Posted by Steve on June 18, 2002 at 13:31:37:

In Reply to: Re: HELP! Best Pickup needed NOW! posted by Steve on June 18, 2002 at 13:27:40:

: : : : I know this has been covered before, but I want to do it right the first time! I'm impressed with the realist's claims, but what about its durability over the years? I have SVT 100 & 350 combos for amps now, a thin 3/4 Czech thats about 250 years old & a 1936 Alfred Meyer fully carved 3/4 & another German carved top about the same age. I've play locally in swing & Big band for 30 years with my Fender's but have been playing a lot of acoustic gigs lately, and would like to include doghouse to my louder gigs. I've used the Barcus years ago without a preamp so it wasn't acceptable. I need to play loud enough to stay with over enthusiastic horn sections. Also now I use Orchestra Spiro-cores and the "E" does'nt have the acoustic volume of the other strings on all my basses. All advice much appreciated. Booger

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: : : I've tried numerous pickups and combinations of pickups but found the K&K Double Big Twin to be the best of them all for the music I play (Jazz, Rock-a-billy and Blues). I run it through a Fishman B-II preamp into a Fender Bassman with 2 12" Jensen speakers and it very good. Contact Bob Gollihur for details. He's great to work with.

: : i have a sub-par german 3/4 lam upright that i tour with, about two hundred shows a year, all amplified all upright, playing latin/ salsa/ jazz with a small but mighty horn section, viola, piano, guitar, drums, & conga/perc. i started with a fishman (nope) then found a zeta upright pickup system (it's an entire adjustable bridge/ tailpiece) which list about $600, except i don't know if zeta still sells the upright system any more. now i think they only use it on their basses, but you may be able to find one used... my screamin deal was $400.

: : the system works great, though i have to plug the f-holes to prevent too much resonance from the amp. two years ago i got a sansamp bass driver di ($200list), which has a knob labelled blend specifically for piezo-upright systems, according to the manual. also bass/treble/presence/input/output gains along with 1/4 & xlr outs, so it's my di onstage. the 1/4 inch out goes to a korg rack tuner, then a gk800rb amp, thenout the amp's crossover to two cabinets; 100 watts to a hartke cabinet with 4 5" aluminum cone speakers (pawn shop in nashville- never seen another one) that sounds fantastic, and 300 watts to a bag end with evbpro 15" speaker. this all sits atop an ultimate support keyboard stand about 36" off the floor, again for resonance reasons).

: : the pickup combined with the preamp was a huge improvement over pickup alone. for our last album we tried $4000 tube preamps, compressors, etc. then went back to the sansamp as it really sounded much better than anything else (and this was a professional audio supply firm as well as a studio-- they had lots of gear).

: : i tried a k&k on a kay upright one time and didn't like it, but it was set up for rockabilly (the bass had flames on it).

: : something else i would highly recommend is a pickup system by Rick Turner of Ca., don't have any contact info, but he makes great systems. i had heard of him for a few years, then finally got to plug one in, on a respectable bass, and it sounded great. very true tone and color. highly recommended, especially for jazz... good nuances of tone and full sound.

: : my preference for the style of music i play is less resonance rather than more (i'm looking for a baby bass) but i also like lots of bottom in my amp, shooting right at my butt... ok i better go, hope this helps...

I might mention that ANY Alfred Meyer double bass right now is rare and valuable. I just purchased one 1932; for around $10k and get around $15k or higher. I would suggest that you have yours appraised by someone qualified!!

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