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Schatten BJ-02M Banjo Pickup w/Microphone and Mini-Pre 2 Dual Channel Preamp
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- BJ-02 Stick-on Banjo Pickup Sensor
- Internal Mount Condenser Microphone
- Includes Mini-Pre 2 Dual Channel Preamp
- Fits All Banjos: 5-String, 6-String, Tenor
- Easy to Install; Two Year Warranty
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The Schatten BJ-02M is the newest model of banjo pickup and combines the popular BJ-02 pickup sensor along with a high quality condenser mic system and a new dual channel belt-clip preamp. By combining an interior mounted powered condenser mic with Schatten's proven BJ-02 pickup sensor, they have produced a banjo system that provides a fullness of sound that was not possible before. The new BJ-02M adds an internally mounted powered condenser microphone and a 2 channel Mini Pre 2 outboard belt-clip preamp to their outstanding BJ-02 to provide unparalleled sound quality. When Schatten introduced the BJ-02 series of pickups about 12 years ago they said that it was "A banjo pickup that allows your banjo to sound like your banjo, only louder" . The addition of the M powered condenser microphone in the BJ-02M opens up the sound and allows for more natural tonality. So you could say that the new BJ-02M allows your banjo to sound like your banjo, only more so. The new BJ-02M system offers good feedback rejection along with a simple, non-invasive installation. The BJ-02M system provides everything you need: Banjo jack assembly, BJ-02 sensor, M powered condenser microphone with micro plug lead, Mini Pre 2 two channel belt-clip outboard powering preamp, 2 foot long 1/4" stereo connector cable (not shown), mounting materials, and instructions.
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So, I have a little bit of a unique situation in that I play a 6 string banjo in an irish punk band (The Pikeys) and we get EXTREMELY loud and rambunctious. Because of the volume level, it's been a freaking three sided seesaw trying to get a pickup system to be loud enough to be heard over screaming lead vocals and guitar and venue noise, and also not sound like a weird electric guitar. My experience with the meyers was that they were very sensitive, but fragile, the tiny line from the condenser mic would easily break, and there was no piezo to blend with.
The condenser mic on the Schatten isn't /as/ sensitive, but that's a good thing for me. The Meyers and LR baggs would pick up conversation /band talk in between songs even though I had it mounted inside the banjo. Also, I can drop the gain on the mic and use just the piezo for mid-show tuning without getting all of the background noise affecting my tuning signal.
I run the output to a wireless shure transmitter (because I jump around and leave the stage several times during the show to dance with the crowd) and the output signal from the schatten is clean and strong. At the stage, the wireless receiver then goes into a LR BAGGS venue DI for feedback control and final tone shaping,
At normal bluegrass volumes, going directly from the schatten di to a small amp is way more horsepower than you need, and you will likely need to be near the bottom of the gain levels. (this is good! Plenty of headroom!)
I have the mic, transducer, and the jack mounted INSIDE my banjo, using a pre-existing line-out hole to mount the jack.
Is it perfect? No. The breakout box for the two gain controls and battery for the DI is a little larger than I'd like. Looking at the pictures online you'd think it was around 3 inches long, but it's closer to a pack of cigarettes in size. Ultimately I'm probably going to cannibalize it and mount the pcb either inside my banjo, run new leads for the gain controls and have a separate external mount for the battery. This is more of a problem because of me and not so much an issue with the product. The less I have bouncing around outside of the banjo when I'm jumping around, the better, and I already have the wireless transmitter pack going on....
Also, to change the battery (a 9v) you have to unscrew 4 screws on the breakout box. Not something I'm looking forward to doing in the middle of a show. (also why I'm probably going to deconstruct the breakout box)
You /CAN/ plug into the jack without using the breakout box if you have an external DI and you will get a feed from the piezo with no condenser mic mixed in. Granted you will have no onboard gain control, but this is great for a lightweight rehearsal scenario or if something disastrous happens to your breakout box like a drunken rhythm guitarist body checking you mid song because he's trying to impress the jameson's rep girl at a show and cable ends bust off and make terrible noises over the PA 3/4ths of a way through a show. (this happened with the meyer's pickup).
Like others, I used very thin and strong 3m double-sided tape to adhere the transducer immediately under the middle foot of my bridge instead if using epoxy. I will have to watch this and make sure it's as secure as epoxy.
Flexible installation (you can mess around with mic and transducer placement to really tailor your sound
Parts outside of the banjo are stud(ier) than other similar products.
Being able to blend from piezo to mic pickup on the fly for different content (folk to punk transitions) is great.
breakout box is a little larger than I thought it would be
battery replacement requires unscrewing the breakout box. Needs to be a hatch door.
I can't say it's not a good unit, but it's a bluegrass, not an old-time design.
I liked a setting with the mic turned up very high and just a little bit of piezo thrown in, but it turned out to be too feedback-prone. So I had to turn up the piezo volume and it sounds like, well, just any piezo: harsh and unnatural.
However, I'm withholding definitive judgment until I've tried processing the signal through my Baggs ParaAcoustic D.I., which has done wonders for me in the past. I'll add to that, in all fairness, that the sound I'm speaking of is what came through monitors with 8-inch speakers, not what the audience was hearing.
A final consideration: I found the piezo attached to the head slightly muffles certain high frequencies in the acoustic sound of the banjo. Since I had not used the supplied epoxy glue to attach it but only double-sided tape, I detached the pickup from the head - leaving it inside so I can just stick it back on when I need it again - and got my high frequencies back.