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Headway The Band Double Bass Pickup

Strap-Around Pickup for Double Bass

  • For a natural sound with great dynamic
  • Easy installation without drilling or modifications to the instrument
  • Warm clear sound
  • No disturbing bow noises
  • No batteries or pre-amps required
  • Output: 6.3 mm jack
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Active No
Passive Yes
Incl. Preamp No
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No nonsense bass pickup

03.12.2014
The Headway Band provides a simple and clean way to pick up the sound from my bass when it needs a small boost. It's so unobtrusive that I leave it in place most of the time.

It probably isn't as susceptible to feedback as mic-based systems but the double bass body is a natural sound amplifier. As volume levels push up, it is a good idea not to stand too close to any speakers (including those from other musicians) and to put something in the f holes to take the edge off feedback propagation. Even something as inelegant as a pair of old socks allows significantly more volume.

While you can run straight to an amp, I find that I get a better tone running through a preamp, where I can emphasise lower frequences and reduce the higher ones.

Overall, I don't think it quite lives up to the promises of the advertising blurb but it has still been an excellent solution for situations where I need to plug in.
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An ideal pickup for musicians who want to switch several instruments alternately.

25.03.2014
Many thanks to THOMANN for the incredibly fast delivery!

I immediately tested THE BAND Doublebass Pickup on two instruments: Both master instruments by Emanuel Wilfer Möhrendorf, the one 4/4 4-string solo bass, the other a 4/4 5-string orchestra bass. Both instruments have 24 cm high sides and vaulted ceilings and floors and are thus the currently thickest "Brummer". THE BAND is long enough to be sufficient for these thick instruments!

The mounting of the pickup is very simple: Place the instrument on the frame and guide the tape approximately midway between the end of the handleboard and the bridge around the instrument. A Velcro tape at the end holds the position of the tape at the back of the instrument, fixed by a second small Velcro tape. The audio cable is plugged in at this position - ready.

Since the pickup is delivered in a folded condition, it is not initially tight at the folding points, but this is not significant when the room temperature is warmed, since only the sensors located in the center must have contact.

The sound reproduction is excellent for both instruments, the characteristics of the instrument and the strings being fully preserved. The subcontra-C of the 5-string is also very good. I have used a Gallien Krueger MB 1505-112 III and left all equalizers in the "0" position: fabulous reproduction without scratching the arc and without over-emphasizing the high frequencies, but maintaining the characteristics of the instrument in frequency response.

If you want to use one of several instruments from time to time with Amp, you have found the ideal solution with this pickup. Only one thing he has to accept: you can see the pickup. But technology, if it is carried out clean, one can also see.
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