Barcus Berry Clamp-On Bridge Piezo Pickup 3100 for Violin or Viola
- Violin option fits a 4/4 and 3/4 size Violin, as well as 14" Viola
- Viola options for 15-15.5" or 16-16.5"
Designed for violinists who need dependable performance without a permanently installed transducer. This piezo transducer clamps easily to the violin bridge and connects, via cable, to the included 3100P output jack. No holes to drill or tools required. The best of both worlds - ease of use plus wide-band frequency response, excellent string balance, feedback rejection and outstanding signal isolation.
Features & Benefits
- Offers wide band frequency response and excellent string balance.
- Feedback rejection feature provides excellent signal isolation for clear, true reproduction of the violin's sound.
- Clamps easily onto the violin's bridge without additional tools or holes to drill; making attachment and removal a breeze.
Works as advertised
The pickup is easy to install and produces good sound signal that captures the actual violin sound. We also bought the Fiddlershop wireless transmitter and receiver which works well on this setup. As a newb to piezo pickups, I was not ready for the bow scratch that the piezo picks up. After a ton of research and playing on different systems we found that EQ on 5kHz and 10kHz clears that up. -3dB to -6dB cut on those bands is plenty. Type of bow, type of rosin, technique, and amp type/specs also make big differences. We've looked into a lot of pedal EQ options and the top two that look like they would work the best are LR Baggs Paracoustic DI and Line 6 Helix Stomp. We're planning to add them to our kit to round out our amplified setup.
Sansamp pre amp
I've been using Barcus pickups for probably at least 40 years. Since the putty/superglue days! Playing live unless Everyone is using a Mic the pickup is the only way to go. For many years now I've been using a Sansamp Acoustic Guitar preamp with great success. It has the adjustments I need to get the most natural sound from the Barcus. You'll find if you plug it in directly to an amp or sound system it will sound different out of every brand of system. The Sansamp solves that issue. Plus just a tad of reverb. Try it. You'll love it. It sounds shrill or tinny to you? Get the Preamp. Another big feature of the current Barcus version is you can remove it and put it on another Instrument or bridge with just a screw driver and a chin rest wrench (or Paper clip).
Makes violin sound too electric
I was looking for something to replicate the actual sound of the violin as closely as possible. This unit added mass to the bridge and muted the sound even when not amplified. The amplified sound was very tinny, and did not sound at all like an acoustic violin. If you want the electric sound, then this might be suitable for you. However, if you are looking to keep the acoustic sound, I would look for a different pickup. This unit will be retired to my box full of spare violin parts.
Barcos Berry purchase
Loved the service and product! I don’t know if I misread anything but the pickup didn’t come with a cord to connect to an amp. I tried to use the cord from an earlier pickup I had but it didn’t fit! My husband saved the day by finding an adapter and I went on to perform in a backyard mariachi concert! Thanks!
Great pick up
Just wright thank you
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