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New Product

New Product now in!

For those of you who want a non-invasive pickup for Selmer or Maccaferri type Gypsy guitars – and didn’t want the bulk of the authentic Stimer pickup – we now have a solution; the Schatten S4 Pickup

The S-4 pickup for Selmer instruments combines a pair of S-4 sensors with the new, non-invasive, Neo-Jack ( a standard 1/4″ output jack) which mounts just behind the tailpiece using existing mounting screws. The two sensors adhere to the top of the guitar just behind the bridge and directly over the bracing for the bridge box. As a result, response and feedback rejection are both excellent. The Neo-Jack easily mounts just behind the tailpiece using two of the existing tailpiece mounting screws. Everything is prewired and ready to go. There are no holes to drill. All you’ll need is is a small phillips screwdriver to complete installation. Simples, eh?

New Pickup

Today we’re featuring the new HD-4 pickup for the Hammered Dulcimer from Schatten Design.

It features twin sensors and a neat little jack assembly; the new smaller, thinner, sensors fit easily under the strings of most hammered dulcimers. The sensors adhere to the soundboard with the supplied double sided tape. The jack assembly (which can store any excess lead wire from the sensors) mounts securely to the front of the instrument with 3M VHB tape.
Mono or Stereo: An internal selector switch within the jack box allows you to choose between mono or stereo output.

You can find more details by clicking here.

World Piano Day

Today is Piano Day – a day when we celebrate one of the few ‘normal’ stringed instruments we don’t sell (although it’ll come as no surprise to anyone who knows us that we have a Schatten Design pickup for it).

#DidYouKnow that it is celebrated on the 29th of March because this is the 88th day of the year? if we applied that to other stringed instruments the 4th and 6th of January would be very busy days – lol

The piano isn’t quite as old as many of the other stringed instruments with which we are so familiar. It began life, mainly through medieval times, as a dulcimer (for which we also do pickups); a fretted string instrument with three or four strings attached. From there it developed into the clavichord, the spinet, virginal, clavecin, gravicembalo, and finally, the harpsichord in the 15th century.

The harpsichord is considered to be to the closest predecessor to the modern day piano because the keyboard that activated the strings. However, it took a further 300 years of development for the harpsichord to become the modern piano.

So why not celebrate by rolling up your sleeves and giving the ivories a tinkle or, failing that, put your favourite piano sonata on and enjoy someone else’s playing.

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