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Kremona VV-1 Violin/Viola Pickup
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- Delivers the natural sound of your violin or viola
- Wooden sensor casing is lightweight, unobtrusive and installs in the eye of the bridge with minimal modification
- Detachable, or may remain installed when not in used
- Accepts 1/4" cable jack
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by handling the fiddle and bow. I fixed that by sticking the
piezo directly on the fiddle body near the bridge - stopped
all the useless noise!
Now, here's the "cons": 1-you will need to enlarge the wing-slot on your bridge (I used the treble side) carefully using a number-11 Xacto knife or a thin little file in order to slip the pickup in. 2-My violin has a high arch/low channel on the spot where I wanted to mount the pickup's jack assembly, so I had modify the bottom of the wooden housing for a good fit. Here's how: with your Xacto knife, carefully loosen the bottom cork cover. Mark the curvature on the side of the wooden housing, then carve or sandpaper the thing until it about fits your violin top, glue the cork back on, and install the assembly on the violin, making sure the clamps are tight so it can't pull loose when you unplug. 3- Use a good quality cord to avoid hums and pops. Also, if your amp has a pre-amp built-in, you shouldn't bother using an external pre-amp. Have fun!
Really. Loved it.
I bought it when it was going for $50ish. I have a Strad copy that benefits greatly from a lighter bridge, with great big kidneys, and a sizable relief between kidneys and feet. The pickup fit, kinda, but it was too loose to project (the pickup rested in the space, it needs some pressure to work its magic), worse, I love effects. So very much, and as it was it wouldn't engage my boss super octave 2 (mij) except on the g up to e flat. It also required gain levels on the cusp sonic anarchy, which is fun, if you're a sadist and belligerently drunk at sound check.
So, I cut another bridge, left more mass to dampen some of the highs and left more wood between the kidney and feet, which was great, a nice tight fit. It was loud, but rich, didn't distort, played well with acoustic amps and pa heads, it even got along with some cantankerous dogs.
Then it happened. Don't know how exactly, but it moved, just a little bit, but it was not in the sweet spot, so I readjusted, and it cracked. Right down the middle of the pickup. The design of the kremona giveth; the design of the kremona taketh away.
Happy ending though, since carpenter output jacks are ridiculously expensive (30-60$), I just cut off the pickup and soldered one suspiciously similar to 'the realist' pickup, only this one (on amazon) was $5.99 with $3 shipping, whereas the aforementioned is a more painful $200. It works way better than a pickup should for under $10 and part of the kremona lives on.
So enjoy, just remember that nothing lasts forever, unless you're exceptionally careful, and gentle, or have the instalation handled by a competent luthier who is liable for damaged components. Maybe you'll get a free 'realist' out of it. Or you can think of it as fairly priced carpenter jack with a bonus pickup.
Fabulous sound quality, better than many far more expensive options. I've heard many pickups and the only one I like better is Alex Hargreaves mini-boom-mic pickup thing and last I checked it was 300$ plus so... yeah.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My son has used this on his viola for over a year. Installation was a breeze after ever-so-carefully sanding out some of the bridge. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Jeff S.
What a nice surprise this pickup was. I was skeptical when I ordered it considering the price range of available pickups. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Danny Tackett
Excellent piece of equipment. Very good sound reproduction through my p.a. system on moderate reverb setting.
Also blends in perfectly as matches colour of my violin. Read more
VV-1 has natural and balanced sound. I played many different pick-up systems and could definitely recommend it. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Yuriy
it broke pretty quickly -- but guitar repair guy reinforced and fixed it for $25 ---- so we are back in business--- sound quality is pretty good!Published 17 months ago by Lali Breen
It's really too small for a viola - it would have damaged the instrument had we tried to force it onPublished 23 months ago by S. Oliveira