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LR Baggs Violin Pickup with Carpenter Jack

Item # LRV100

$139.00


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The LR Baggs violin pickup features a miniature vibration transducer cast right into the bridge. The transducer is designed to accept the tone-rich left/right movement of the bridge resulting from natural string vibrations, reject feedback, eliminate scratchy nasal sounds, and trace the natural sound of the instrument without affecting its tone. The L.R. Baggs Violin Pickup has set the standard since its inception over a decade ago, and it is the top choice of more top pros -- including Alison Krauss, Michael Doucet, Darol Anger, Jean-Luc Ponty -- than any other pickup. The pickup is a miniature vibration transducer cast directly into an Aubert #7 Mirecourt maple bridge for maximum sensitivity. For larger violas, use item LRA100.
PICK-UPS and PRE-AMPS
Stepping into the amplified arena of music performance can be as easy as installing a pickup on your current instrument. A piezo transducer responds to pressure on the instrument's bridge (either in the wing slot, under the bridge feet, or from within the bridge itself). This makes piezo pickups the optimal choice for bowed string instruments.
The standard pickups offered by Kremona and Fishman attach to the wing slot of the instrument's bridge and usually require no alteration to the instrument. The Kremona Pickup is a budget piezo model with low output gain, but the piezo is encased in a small soft piece of wood that seems to take some of the edge off of bow "attack" noise. The Fishman V100 has more output gain and is popular with more professional players.
For the more active performer who is willing to invest in a more ambitious setup which will involve alteration of the instrument, the LR Baggs bridge pickup offers a design that has the piezo carved inside an Aubert #7 Mirecourt bridge. This provides more balance, greater output, and less attack noise, but the bridge requires installation by a qualified technician. Another professional pickup is the Realist pickup designed by David Gage in collaboration with NS Design. The Realist is a transducer in a vinyl sleeve and rests between the bridge feet and the violin top, which puts it exactly where the sound is transferred from the strings to the sound board. Its mounting hardware is extremely compact and with such a high output gain it requires no external preamp. Though installation is relatively easy and can be done by the customer, the transducer raises the bridge height by about 1 mm and some players may want to have their bridge height lowered by a qualified technician.
All piezo pickups require the use of a preamp to match the impedence of the pickup with the amplifier being used as well as to boost the pickup's signal. Features that tend to vary the most include the number of EQ controls and the existence of notch filters, compression, XLR outputs, and even 2-channel mixing capabilities and phantom power. Fishman preamps tend to have a smoother, more ambient sound while LR Baggs leans toward a tighter, more focused quality.and signal transfer. As an integral part of the bridge, it effortlessly captures the instrument's inherent dynamics. Furthermore, it's selective admittance pattern is aligned so that the signal is generated as the bridge moves in a left-right motion (in response to the string vibrations). The transducer also rejects any impulse directed to the plane of the bridge, minimizing annoying finger squeaks, body noise and feedback. The L.R. Baggs Violin Pickup also features unprecedentedly consistent performance, and will not affect the tone of your favorite violin. By comparison, stuck on or wedged in pickups mute the instrument's natural acoustic sound and do not provide consistent results. Our violin pickup is handmade with pride, using the finest quality materials and proven technology. Each pickup is quality tested and carries a one year warranty.
 

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    Posted By: Anonymous from CORPUS CHRISTI , TX
    March 20, 2013

    Good!

    Several pros that I talked to recommended this pickup. It's high-feedback resistance is just icing on the cake, because it sounds really good. Much better than I was expecting. Get a preamp o help balance the signal and help with the EQ. The only downside is that it is a new bridge, so you'll have to pay to get it installed, and the luthier will have to leave it a little thicker than normal to avoid damaging the internal pickup components. This seemed to dampen my acoustic sound, but that's the price you pay to be able to amp up. Oh, get it installed by someone who is familiar with the product, it will go a lot smoother. Remember, this is essentially a $130 bridge. ... (See Full Review)

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