Re: Skip the Baggs for a mic?
My take - much prefer them with a mic. I do have one mandolin with the Baggs Radius, and for a pickup, it is really pretty decent. Does require a bit of EQ to filter out physical noise (handling, etc.) but through a good PA it is OK. I normally use it via a Fishman Aura Spectrum box which works well. That said, it is very much second choice as far as I am concerned. I use it if I have to. I prefer not to. I would see if any of your existing mics work for you. I'd spend the $ on the CA bridge for that, though. Well worth it.
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