Has anyone tried the Realist Acoustic Violin Transducer? I'm thinking of purchasing a pickup for my violin. I will only be using amplified violin occasionally, but this product is very attractive to me because it doesn't require a pre-amp, and still seemed relatively simple enough to install and remove from time to time. If I were to purchase a standard violin pickup, such as a Fishman, PLUS the pre-amp, it would come out to almost the same cost.
The Realist seems to be marketed as a "professional" pickup, and it has very positive reviews in the websites I've looked up. I'm a little bit concerned whether it could damage the varnish (what is the material of that piece that fits under the bridge feet?), and how much higher it will make the bridge, and whether there are any other concerns about whether it could damage the instrument. Since I'm not going to use it super often, though, I think I could stand playing on higher string action for a couple of hours a week.
Has anyone tried it? Can anyone comment on how easy it actually is to install/remove, how it sounds, and how it feels to play?
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