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Realist Pickup for Acoustic Upright Bass
Price:$196.00 + Free shipping with Amazon Prime

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2013
I spent thousands on a beautiful sounding upright. it had the right tone. it played like a dream.

then I cheaped out on the pickup.

then I bought a different one.

then I bought a near-field mic setup.

... then I harumpfed, grumbled, and bought a realist (which everyone had been telling me to do since day one).

Regrettably, here are your 5 stars, realist.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2013
The Realist blows away the competition at the $220 price range. Unless you go to the $500 and up category, this is the one. The sound is smooth and full, without honk and quack, and it resists feedback very well. Installation is not hard but you must know how to properly match the soundboard curve to the foot of your bridge to get the best sound from your instrument and this pickup; without that you are doing a disservice to your sound. Very pleased with this pickup.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
My son plays the string bass and has lately been branching out from classical into bluegrass and old-time fiddle music. The gatherings we go to always provide instrument microphones, but they really don't work so well for a string bass. My son's bass instructor, who has played professionally for decades, recommended this pickup as "the most bang for the buck." Indeed, the pickup is fairly unobtrusive when installed, and seems more secure and durable than cheaper alternatives. The sound is great, and we're happy with our choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2014
Finally I was able to give life to my "not so great" bass. I have used every mic imaginable to get enough volume to occasionally use it for live performances. It always sounded too thumpy and had very little definition. Took me ten minutes to install and it makes my bass sound great. I have used it threw a 4-10 MarkBass amp and a Bose L1 Model 2 with dual bass modules and it shakes the roof and adds a great deal of detail and tone.

Great design!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
Pickup works great, puts together in about 30 minutes, simple and precise instructions. Have only played it in an enclosed area so far and still working out ways to eliminate feedback at higher volume. Deep bass; crisp, "stringy" highs. Sounds clear when bowed. Looking forward to hearing this kit out or on stage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 22, 2014
Really love having the ability to run my upright through an amp. This pickup is the bomb!! No degradation in sound and all notes come through clearly. My instructor bought one for his bass and ran it through SWR redhead and loved it. Im running mine through Gallien -Kruger MB212 II combo amp and it sounds fantastic!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2014
I have been using the Fishman Full Circle because of the price. Now the Realist has offered their product at a comparable price, but the Realist has a much more acoustic sound and extremely easier to install than the Fishman. Both are good products but highly recommend the Realist as a first choice.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2014
What can you say about these that haven't already been said. Easy to install and outstanding sound. This is a great product and I am very happy with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 24, 2014
Installation was fairly simple. The tone is great! After hearing what it can do, other students want this pickup as well
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 5, 2011
Everything went fine with this order. It was presented, shipped and delivered as promised. I have used this type of pickup before on my fiddle and have been very pleased with its performance. I would not hesitate to use this business in the future.
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