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    Default Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

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    I found a Barcus-Berry pickup in the storage compartment of a used mandolin case. I have no need for the pickup and plan to sell it, but have no idea how much to ask for it. If anyone out there can help me with some estimate of it's value, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!

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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

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    I found a Barcus-Berry pickup in the storage compartment of a used mandolin case. I have no need for the pickup and plan to sell it, but have no idea how much to ask for it. If anyone out there can help me with some estimate of it's value, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks!
    I did 30 seconds of internet research on it. I'll give you 10 bucks if you ship it to me free.

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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    Try it with a high impedance preamp and it should be fine. Iíd say c.1980s but I have an even earlier one which sounds OK. Piezo technology hasnít changed that much in the last 110 years!

    They were quite expensive in their day but not so popular nowadays but, as with certain other things, they will eventually come back into fashion.

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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    Thanks, Ray(T)!

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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    Quote Originally Posted by Ray(T) View Post
    Try it with a high impedance preamp and it should be fine. I’d say c.1980s but I have an even earlier one which sounds OK. Piezo technology hasn’t changed that much in the last 110 years!

    They were quite expensive in their day but not so popular nowadays but, as with certain other things, they will eventually come back into fashion.
    Models that resemble this one are going for 300-500$ on reverb. Hence my 10$ offer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Adrihan View Post
    Models that resemble this one are going for 300-500$ on reverb. Hence my 10$ offer.
    So?

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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    I didn't understand either.
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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    Treat as any other piezo transducer. These tend to work best into a very high impedance input. Encountered one of that model paired with a Baggs preamp and it sounded about how you'd expect.
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    Default Re: Need info on a Barcus-Berry pickup

    Thanks for the replies. I won't need any further information about the pickup.

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