Shadow SH Z1-NFX Zither Pickup

Nanoflex Pickup

  • Suitable for zither
  • With preamplifier
  • Easy installation - without drilling and / or milling on the instrument
  • 3V cell battery
  • Low energy consumption

Further Information

instrument type Zither
Active Yes
Passive No
Incl. Preamp Yes
6 Customer Ratings
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Shadow SH Z1-NFX Zither Pickup
Robert814, 02.08.2016
The Shadow SH Z1-NFX Zither Pickup appears to be a very rare and specialised item. I have used a condenser mic very successfully, but really wanted something that would also provide for easy chromatic tuning and not miss out on some of the strings (particularly the high register). The built in pre-amp boosts the signal enough for a tuner. The attachment clamp was unusable with my zither because there is simply insufficient space around the edges of the instrument. The tuning pegs were always too close to the pre-amplifier housing. Eventually I removed the clamping components completely and used double sided adhesive tape to secure it to the side of the instrument. The main pickup element is attached with the double sided tape provided to the underside of the instrument as detailed in the instructions. The output from the Shadow pre-amp is rather low and muffled, but cleaned up impressively when fed through a BBE Acoustimax. Unfortunately when cleaned and boosted, there is noticeable hiss from the Shadow pre-amp. This is the only downside to it and it is tolerable, particularly if a microphone is used as well. I have at last been able to tune up quickly and easily. The BBE Acoustimax is not required for tuning. One star down due to the hiss.
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Praktische Nachrüstung für die Zither mit gutem Klang
LPro, 25.11.2009
Mit dem Shadow SH Z1-NFX kann man eine Zither günstig mit einem Tonabnehmer nachrüsten. Das angenehme ist, dass hierzu keine baulichen Veränderungen an der Zither vorgenommen werden. Der Piezo-Tonabnehmer wird der kompletten Länge nach unten auf die Zither geklebt und nimmt damit den kompletten Klang der Zither auf.

Die Klangqualität ist sehr angenehm, wobei man hier immer noch einen kleinen EQ einsetzen sollte um sich seinen eigenen Klang einzustellen. Ein Manko ist die geringe Lautstärke des Tonabnehmer, die der Vorverstärker nicht ausreichend anhebt. Beheben kann man dieses beispielsweise durch einen anderen Vorverstärke (Bsp. Fishman G2) - dann erreicht man eine angenehme Lautsterke.

Ein bisschen problematisch ist sonst auch noch die Montage des mitgelieferten Vorverstärkers, da dieser nicht optimal an einer Ecker der Zither hält, da er nur festgeklemmt wird.

Von diesen kleinen Mängeln abgesehen ist das Produkt klanglich auf jeden Fall zu empfehlen.
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Tonabnehmer Shadow für Zither SH Z1-NFX
Peter620, 27.05.2010
Ich habe den Tonabnehmer Shadow SH Z1-NFX mit einem E- Gitarrenverstärker mit 15 Watt Ausgangsleistung in Betrieb. Mein Instrument ist eine Violinzither.Das Ergebnis ist schon Fantastisch. Die Töne der Akkorde sowie die Schwingungen der gestrichenen Saiten klingen Wundervoll. Nach dem Justieren des Gitarrenverstärkers kann bequem am Shadowverstärker Volumen und Ton reguliert werden. Tolles Teil ist seinen Preis wert!
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Leider unbrauchbar für meine Zither
Giorgina, 31.10.2016
Zu aller erst fand ich es klasse, daß man keine baulichen Veränderungen vornehmen muss am Instrument.
Allerdings stellte sich heraus, daß wenn man den Nanoflex Streifen verklebt, diesen auch nicht mehr so einfach ablösen kann vom Instrument, ohne den Lack mit abzulösen.
Natürlich ungünstig, wenn man den Pickup testen möchte.
Der kleine Pre Amp hat auf meiner Zither nicht gehalten, man konnte die Halterung nur bedingt verkleinern.
Für den Preis fand ich die Verarbeitung und die offene Batterie eher zu simpel.

Klanglich ganz ok, allerdings reichte der Pre Amp allein nicht aus, um einen satten Sound zu haben.
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