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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.