January 17, 2006 at 11:32 PM · I'm back with another question for you :)

Does anyone have any experience with using Accusound's violin pickup? Here's the link:

Is the price reasonable? I've heard it is a much better alternative to pickups that attach to the bridge. So what do you all think?


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January 19, 2006 at 01:11 AM · I always liked Griff's pick-ups. I have now moved onto his hypercardioid mic, but the strips give the most accurate/loudest sound I know of, IF and only if you learn how to position them properly on your violin.


January 23, 2006 at 09:49 AM · Ok thanks for the recommendation... I'll have to check them out. But don't strips stick right on the violin body? Because I prefer something that clips to, say, the tailpiece so there's no risk of damaging the wood or finish. Could you post a link to the Griff's site? I googled it but couldn't find a website :)

One last question for you: What exactly is the difference between a violin pickup vs. a mic? I will be using this to play with a band, so which do you recommend and why?

January 23, 2006 at 08:41 PM · A pickup typically rests against the instrument -- either the body or the bridge -- and picks up the vibrations from it. A good pickup will have a very accurate sound, but with no ambience or color, no bow noise, etc.

A microphone hovers over the instrument (I find that with mine, I put it over the bass sound hole) and does what a microphone does. A good microphone will reproduce the real character of the violin, because you're literally playing into it at very close range.

How loud a band, and what style?

If it's super-loud, may I suggest earplugs to protect your hearing? Heck, I bring earplugs into loud movie theaters.

If you're in a rock band, you might have a good time with a pick-up, because it won't sound quite so acoustic. Don't forget to add a wah-wah pedal or a distortion box. ;)

If you're in a jazz or country band, you might prefer a microphone because you get more of the real live acoustic fiddle sound.

February 3, 2006 at 02:51 PM · No, the band is not terribly loud...some stuff we play is more country, some more rocky, so I kinda want to stick with the accoustic sound. Thanks for your help! Violin mic here I come...


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