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TAP

BCE – 22 Type: piezo Mode: passive Preamp: – The transducers piezo-elements is embedded in a piece of rubber and wedged under the bridge wings. Comes with 1/4 stereo jack, each sensor can be amplified separately. BAE S4 Type: piezo … Continue reading

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Schoeps

Microphone manufacturer Schoeps offers two microphone mounts for double bass. Model VA4 mounts to the ribs, and VA5 mounts to the bridge. Both work with Schopes microphones CCM2 or CCM8 (capsules MK 2 or MK 8) www.schoeps.de

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MK Sombrero

Type: piezoceramic Mode: passive Preamp: – Basically the same principle as the Polytone pickup from the 1970ies, but made of wood instead of brass. www.contrabbassielettricimk.com

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Remic

D 5400 LB (live) / D5400 (Studio) type: condenser microphone mode: active (balanced) preamp/phantom power supply: – The danish Remic D5400 is available into version: live and studio. It’s mounted into a foam block that wedges under the tailpiece. The microphone capsule needs … Continue reading

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Realbass

type: combo amp drivers: 12″ features: 1 or 2 channels, input with switchable impedance, phantom power, low cut, phase reverse, compressor, EQ with parametric mid controls size: 5 x 45 x 38 cm, weight > 12kg www.realbass.de  

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Troll ribbon microphone

Type: microphone (ribbon) Mode: active (needs phantom power) preamp: – The Troll microphone was designed for use with double bass. It’s hand assembled by double bassist Brandon Essex. It gets mounted to the bridge by means of rubber bands. www.trollmicrophone.com

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Pureacoustic

Type: piezo Mode: active Preamp: incl. similar to the Wilson pickup, but mounted to the bridge leg; comes with preamp built into the jack. The preamp is rechargeable within seconds and doesn’t need a battery permanently.

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Gullansky Labs

type: piezoceramic mode: passive preamp: – Piezo embedded in Italian spruce; mounted to the bridge wing. www.gullanskylab.com

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Surdo Pickups

Magnetic Type: magentic Mode: passive Preamp: – XLR outuput (cannon), impedance  600 ohms, humbucker 4 coil (1 coil for string), split – structure of 2 units for easy balancing of the strings, weight 50 g http://surdopickups.blogspot.de/p/double-bass-pickups.html

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Scarli

type: condenser microphone preamp: incl. phantom power supply Another new interpretation of the old Ampeg design from the 1940ies. A small microphone is mounted on top of the ULSA tube endpin, so the microphone captures the sound from the inside … Continue reading

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