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Schatten Design CH-3 Artist Celtic Harp

Schatten Design CH-3 Artist Celtic Harp, active transducer system for celtic harps and pedal harps, comes with active Artist-preamp, includes fully adjustable cork-padded brackets and self adhesive hook and loop for installing the system, there are no holes to drill and no modifications are required to the instrument.

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Active Yes
Passive No
Incl. Preamp Yes
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21.03.2016
A harp is always a challenge for the sound engineer, but this pickup system delivers a usable sound.

We use the system for a hook harp from Camac. We are on the road as a trio and play rather calmer folk music. The shade design pickup is glued on the inside of the sound blanket with three feet of glue. The piezo is then located on a bridge which is held by the three feet. The assembly is quite simple and does not leave any lasting traces on the instrument.

The preamplifier is located in the jack socket. The socket can be fixed with a hole fixed to the instrument or mounted with a removable plate at the soundhole.

The preamplifier provides a very good level for our requirements. We lowered the level of the preamp to 25%. The sound was very good.

The sound is really usable. Does not sound like acoustic, does not sound as good as 2 good mics, but for a pickup really good. In the mix you can still play and give some short reverb for the highs and then you are already well. One could probably get more with the optimal positioning of the feet, but for such a tinkering we just did not have the time.

The mounting plate for the jack socket is practicable, but not very impressive. It must be quite large, so that it fits all models on it. If you hold the harp on a soundhole during transport, the jack could also slip. So we will test a few more gigs and if it should continue, we will probably drill a hole in the instrument and fix the socket fixed.

Conclusion: absolutely usable. Do not forget: Turn the level of the preamp only as high as necessary.
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