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I testing out a Strawberry Blonde II amp with my violin using a Fishman V200 and Fishman GII preamp. I can't seem to get a good sound -- its picking up alot of bow noise and the sound is harsh and raspy. Any suggestions for amp settings, pickup placement on bridge etc.

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I have found a good combination for my wife's violin. We are using an Autolycus pickup (from New Zeeland about $70... search Google) and the X2 wireless transmitter/receiver pair. The X2 has the extremely high impedance required by the piezo pickups. This pickup clips onto the top surface of the violin with a small plastic clip through the F hole on the treble side. It is easily moved between instruments.

The Autolycus is sold online and they have a demo there.

Of all the pickups we tried, this one "sounds like a violin" and many people have complemented us on the way the violin sounds. A sound man said of the setup, this is the first violin pickup and wireless he has not had to EQ to sound right.

I used an oscilloscope to verify the output waveform from the pickup matched the resulting output of the X2 receiver.

Note: I had to make my own cable for the pickup which has an RCA female and the original X2 cable supplied had a 1/4 inch male.

I got the X2 system through online ordering from MF. (They recentely had a special on them at $220. The wireless is really nice... no long cable to load down the piezo.

Posted on Oct 02, 2009

  • Fred Yearian Oct 02, 2009

    Note: The "stereo" 1/8 inch connector of the X2 system uses the RING as the signal. Bothe the sleeve and the tip are ground.



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