Realist Copperhead Cello Pickup


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Realist Copperhead Cello Pickup

Realist Copperhead Cello Pickup

David Gage on the development of The Realist:

“Recognizing the limitations of microphones and traditional piezo transducers, Ned and I decided that for the working musician things could and should be better. We felt a transducer should be equal in it’s ability to recreate an acoustic pizzicato and arco sound through commonly used amplifiers.

Furthermore, this pick-up had to be simple, dependable, and affordable. After years of consideration and tests, we have come up with a system that achieves all of these goals.

We understand the hours of practice it takes to draw your sound out of your instrument, and with this pick-up we feel your voice can be heard more accurately through an amplifier. Both recording engineers and professional musicians have been startled by the great tone and even response when playing pizzicato and arco. Finally, you can play both pizz and arco without having to play with your controls.”

Ned Steinberg on the development of The Realist™:

“This pickup is the result of an intensive collaboration between myself and luthier David Gage… It was the piezo bridge pickup in particular that caught his interest because of the full, rich tonality, specially when bowed, that seemed to be missing in other electric instruments.

Second, placing the transducer under the foot of the bridge puts it exactly were the sound is transferred from the strings to the sound board. This is definitely where the action is, and the rich, powerful response, both pizzicato and bowed, testifies to this simple fact. The output level directly from the pickup is unusually high, and as a result the signal to noise ratio is also very high, so no pre-amp or other active, battery powered gear is necessary. Just plug it in! The copper foil sandwich construction is the third key element in the system. It provides total shielding to eliminate hum from light fixtures and other electrical or radio interference. It is flexible enough to conform to the curve of the top of the instrument, so that the full pressure of the bridge is concentrated evenly onto the piezo surface.

Realist Copperhead Cello Pickup Product Features:

  • Transducer under the foot of the bridge puts it exactly where the sound is transferred from the strings to the sound board
    • rich, powerful response due to this location
  • No pre-amp or other active, battery powered gear is necessary
  • Copper foil sandwich construction
    • Provides shielding to eliminate hum
    • Flexible enough to conform to the curve of the instrument
  • Transparent sound color and texture
  • Unmatched dynamic response
  • Standard copper element
  • 1/4″ input jack
  • No change required to the instrument to install

Come by and see the pickup here at Keller Strings! Keller Strings is located near the intersection of St. Charles and S. Carrollton, in the Riverbend area.  Our address is 8209 Hampson St, New Orleans 70118. Pick up any accessories you may need as well. We have accessories ranging from shoulder rests, stands, strings, tuners, rosin, and more!

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