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Tech: Octave mandolin pickup

24 Apr 02 - 10:33 PM (#697961)
Subject: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: michaelr

I just acquired a Trinity College (SAGA) flattop octave mandolin and want to put in a pickup. I'm thinking about the Fishman M-100 transducer bridge, which has a great reputation. Now, I know that bridge is made for archtop mandos. My question is: is it tall enough so I could shave the bottom flat and still have enough string clearance/action?

I'd also appreciate any other suggestions as to pickups. I have a Fishman Blender dual preamp for my guitar, and want to use it with the O.M.

Thanks,
Michael


24 Apr 02 - 10:36 PM (#697964)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: Gypsy

Calling 'Spaw, where art thou?


24 Apr 02 - 11:08 PM (#697976)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: DonMeixner

I suggest you contact Bluejay at Pick up The World. The one in my banjo which I think is also recommended for the Bouzouki and Octave Mandolin has been the best ever for me. And with a decent preamp it sounds finestkind.

Don


24 Apr 02 - 11:27 PM (#697986)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: michaelr

Don - do you know the model number of yours?

Michael


25 Apr 02 - 12:07 AM (#697998)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: DonMeixner

Mine is a #20 but I just checked the PUTW web site and they do recommend a #27 for bouzoukis.


25 Apr 02 - 12:14 AM (#698002)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: michaelr

Thanks Don, I'll check them out.

Michael


25 Apr 02 - 01:48 PM (#698448)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: Sooz

Get an Ashworth 'mini-bug' transducer from Nigel Thornbury at Highly Strung - about £25 ..and stick it inside as close to the base of the saddle as possible - the sound quality is really excellent. A cheap and easy fix giving wonderful sound


25 Apr 02 - 01:53 PM (#698452)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: GUEST,jonesey

you might try the Mandolin Cafe Webite which has got a real good Q & A tech section.


25 Apr 02 - 04:47 PM (#698585)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: michaelr

Sooz - I'm in USA. Do you have a link/address for Highly Strung?

Thanks,
Michael


26 Apr 02 - 09:19 AM (#699043)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: GUEST,Strolling Johnny

Michaelr,

It's www.highlystrung.net

Cheers, SJ


26 Apr 02 - 07:33 PM (#699341)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: michaelr

Thanks all, I just ordered the Ashworth Bug. Seems like a good deal; I'll consider the pricier options if I don't like the sound.

Cheers,
Michael


26 Apr 02 - 11:16 PM (#699374)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: Big Mick

I hope that works out for you, Michael. If it doesn't, I have heard nothing but raves about the "Pickup the World" equipment. They have excellent tech support as well.

Mick


06 May 02 - 08:42 PM (#705605)
Subject: RE: Tech: Octave mandolin pickup
From: michaelr

Got the Ashworth Mini-Bug today. It sounds great!

I haven't seen any American product that can compete - excellent sound for under 30 bucks. Yay!

Thank you Sooz for the tip, and Strolling Johnny for the link>

Cheers,
Michael