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Kremona VV-1 Violin/Viola Pickup

4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
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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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Product Description

VV-1 is a natural, detachable passive piezo pickup solution for violin and viola. Encased in lightweight tone wood, the VV-1 sensor installs in the eye of the viol bridge with minimal modification. Adjustable input jack housing clamps are lined with soft, protective cork. Accepts a 1/4" jack.

Product Information

Item Weight 3.2 ounces
Product Dimensions 8 x 3.5 x 1.2 inches
Shipping Weight 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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ASIN B0061ZUKXA
Item model number VV-1
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4.2 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #30,467 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#484 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Guitar & Bass Accessories > Acoustic & Classical Guitar Parts
#967 in Musical Instruments > Instrument Accessories > Orchestral Strings Accessories
Date first available at Amazon.com October 25, 2011

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I found this pickup a few years ago when they first came out and... I love it! The pickup is lightweight, easy to install, didn't break my budget and-- most importantly-- sounds really good while remaining responsive to my technique. I saw the review from the guy having trouble with installation, so I thought I'd respond. You simply clamp the jack onto the lower bout of your viol, then place the sensor into the horizontal eye-slot of the bridge. Since the sensor is held in with friction, you wouldn't want it to slip in easily. The instructions on the back of the packaging advise, "Sensor should fit tightly but install without force. Gently widen the eye slot with fine sandpaper if necessary." Take a little time to shape the bridge eye so that it holds the sensor snugly and (pun intended) VIOLA! You've got yourself a fine way to amplify your favorite instrument! I want to try the VV-2 now, which has a built-in volume control.
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The piezo stuck in the bridge (as suggested) picks up "fuzzy" sounds caused
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!
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This is a piezo pickup, so it's going to sound like most others. I've bought 2 of these and gigged with them, and had no problems. Unlike the popular brand's basic $100 model, this comes with a 1/4-inch jack in a pretty wood housing, and clamps securely to the violin.
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!
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Loved this pickup.
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.
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Solid pickup, I use it for viola in a folk rock band and it has done everything we expected it to do performance wise. Only quirks are the cork housing, doesn't seem to take too much roughhousing, i plan on gaffer taping around the main housing to make it extra sturdy this time around.
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I've been using this on my bar-gig violin for a month or two with many different D.I.s, boards, etc etc. It's fantastic everywhere. Every sound guy loves it. Other musicians who usually HATE the sound of a pickup on a fiddle say they can "easily tolerate" this one and they're amazed at how cheap it is. I clamp it above the chinrest on the left side of the face.

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.
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It was a little hard to get this to stay put. I was naturally reluctant to tighten it too much. Worried about scratching my violin. But so far no scratches. It picks up my sound well and I enjoy using it.
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