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Banjo Pickups

We don’t know what’s going on with all you lovely banjo players at the moment but you’ve stripped us of all bar the BJ-02 Pro pickups.

Never fear as we’ll have more in before too long. Just keep an eye on our posts and we’ll let you know when they’re back in. If, however, you are in urgent need of one give us a call and we can get one expedited ahead of our main order for you.

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Ditching big brands

We were reading the Music Industry News the other day when one piece caught our eye; some music retailers are ditching some of the biggest names in the business.

Part of the rationale given for this was that some are now charging smaller retailers more than the recommended selling price.  Another was that cheap internet sales were undercutting their prices to the extent that they could no longer compete.

We’ve certainly seen the effect on music shops as, especially over the last few years, we’ve seen many go out of business.

We’ve also seen the rise of ‘no-name’ (and sometimes recognised, but not as made in China, names) brands coming in where the only thing that matters is the price.

We took the decision from the beginning that we would not try to compete with those selling brands available everywhere and chose to work with individual luthiers to promote their instruments; thereby securing exclusivity agreements such that, in the UK and Ireland, you can buy from us or direct from the luthier.  Using this model we’ve been able to bring you, the customer, great quality instruments at the same price as you would pay if purchased direct from the luthier coupled with a high level of personalised customer service.  We extended that philosophy to our pickups and amps, again working closely with our friends in Dupont and Schatten Design to bring you the best, unique, pickups on the market.

This was a lengthy article full of nuances out of which we’ve taken one or two points but you are welcome to read the full thing on Music Industry News.

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Uke Pickups

Speaking of RoboUke last week, we thought we’d take the opportunity to remind you that we have a couple of options in terms of pickups for them courtesy of our good friends at Schatten Design.

The obvious choice is the Uke-1 series; launched in 2014 it rapidly became *the* pickup of choice for discerning musician. It utilises a special polymer cable piezo element for a full, rich tone. The pickup is designed to be used with a preamp, either as one of the Active endpin jack preamp versions or for those who prefer an outboard preamp, the Player passive version can be combined with a Mini Pre belt-clipable preamp. You can check it out here: https://www.sandarac.co.uk/ukulele/73/uke-1-ukulele-pickup/

The alternative is the LP-15 series of soundboard pickups. Built using a new patent pending process the LP-15 series pickups are less than one sixteenth of an inch thick (1.25mm). The pickup sensor itself is extremely light in weight, coming in at less than 2 grams, and does not inhibit soundboard movement or vibration. Check them out here: https://www.sandarac.co.uk/soundboard-pickups/111/lp-15-soundboard-pickup/

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