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    Default Home made pickup

    Hello, I'm looking for informations about homemade pickup for e-mando.
    I planned to built my own pickuo (to replace the pickups on my Clearwater mandolin).
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    Thanks... In fact, I'm exactly ot this stage : the winding !

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    Déjà Vu 5s 'Clockwork Orange 2' Emando - 'Clockwork Orange 3' Octave Emando - Goodtime Tenor Banjo - Former Framus mandocello
    Kasuga M50-Godin A8-Martella bowlback-Dunhuang Liuqin-Thüringer walddoline-2 Böhm waldzithers-electric waldzither-'Gelas' mandolin-domeback mandolin-Clearwater upgraded EMando

    "A gentleman is a man who can play the bagpipe and who does not."

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    Might seem crazy but if you`re dipping your toe in the water, those ready made winders are really expensive..... I built a winder using a model aeroplane rubber winder http://www.samsmodels.com/products/r...product_id=168 ......removed the hook and epoxy glued a faceplate to the shaft then mounted the thing on a stand ......Each turn of the handle = 10 turns of wire so easy to count as you crank the handle with your left hand guiding the wire with your right. You also feel the process through both hands so you`re less likely to have breakages as you feel any snags coming....... Wound thousands of pickups using this method.

    Also, it`s best to have eyelets in the bottom plate to solder the wires to - 3/32" copper tube works a treat.....Simply cut very slightly over length by rolling a modelling knife across the tubing until almost through, insert in hole, snap off the rest of the tube then expand to fit tightly by tapping each side with a centre punch before (important) sanding smooth so the wire does not catch

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    Default Re: Home made pickup

    I guess if you can keep track of how many times that you turn the piece around ,

    the winder is just rotating the part you are adding copper wire with a little insulating coating around it,

    'X' number of times....
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    I guess if you can keep track of how many times that you turn the piece around ,

    the winder is just rotating the part you are adding copper wire with a little insulating coating around it,

    'X' number of times....
    Easy .....crank and count....one,two,three,four,five,six,seven,eight,n ine, one hundred etc.

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    If you really need a counter there are several easy ways to do it. Easiest being a clicker counter with practice you can hold it in the same hand as you crank with. And they only cost a few pounds of evilbay

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    Default Re: Home made pickup

    Yesterday, I succeeded in building a counter, using a cheap pocket calculator and a magnetic contact used for house alarms...
    And it work's ! My winder will be an old sewing machine...
    I will share pictures with you soon.
    Thank you Pete for your advices ! I use your "Agressor" pickup on one of my mando, and it's really a good one! I love how it sounds trhough my "Orange crush" amp. If the pickup I try to build is half as good as my "agressor", I would be very happy !
    Déjà Vu 5s 'Clockwork Orange 2' Emando - 'Clockwork Orange 3' Octave Emando - Goodtime Tenor Banjo - Former Framus mandocello
    Kasuga M50-Godin A8-Martella bowlback-Dunhuang Liuqin-Thüringer walddoline-2 Böhm waldzithers-electric waldzither-'Gelas' mandolin-domeback mandolin-Clearwater upgraded EMando

    "A gentleman is a man who can play the bagpipe and who does not."

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