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Thread #22778   Message #694562
Posted By: JohnInKansas
20-Apr-02 - 07:26 PM
Thread Name: Possible Autoharp defect list wanted
Subject: RE: Possible Autoharp defect list wanted
Joe Offer -- re the alligator clip pickup:

Virtually all of the music stores in my area carry one or the other of these. They come in a variety of styles, and usually range in price from about $7 to $15.

The "alligator clip" style is common, but many people complain that they have a tendency to scratch the parts they're attached to.

I use one that's more like a small plastic "clothespin," that's marked "Matrix Universal Pickup." I believe I got it 7 or 8 years ago from a vendor at the Winfield KS festival. It actually "clamps" the sensor - that looks like a flat disk about 3/8 inch in diameter - directly onto a surface (anything that sticks out enough to clip to).

Most of the guitar shops around here stock one that sticks(??) on with a small rubber "suction cup." Almost everyone in our neighborhood has one of these - but they don't get used much because they're a p.i.a. to use. You have to work at it to make them stick, and then you have to work at it to get them off - and usually you leave a big gob of spit (that you needed to get them to stay on) where you had them. One of our guys (who's just too cheap to replace it) uses one of these and a great big wooden clothespin to hold it onto a tuning knob.

John