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    Default Built a contact mic for string instruments.

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    Question Re: Built a contact mic for string instruments.

    I have a Schertler Dynamic type contact mic inside my Mix A5.. TRS 1/4" end button-jack .

    works & sounds good & is reliable. made in Switzerland..
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    Question Re: Built a contact mic for string instruments.

    Already many Piezo electric wafers stuck on the underside of hundreds of Mandolincafe Member's Mandolin's tops.

    and their owners touting their impression of what they own , check them out..


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    Default Re: Built a contact mic for string instruments.

    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    I have a Schertler Dynamic type contact mic inside my Mix A5.. TRS 1/4" end button-jack .

    works & sounds good & is reliable. made in Switzerland..
    yeah ... not available in India though, at least not without serious mark-up. :-)

    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    Already many Piezo electric wafers stuck on the underside of hundreds of Mandolincafe Member's Mandolin's tops.

    and their owners touting their impression of what they own , check them out..
    I can pretty much guarantee that no one has built something exactly like my pickup.

    I assembled the transducer myself as well as the preamplifier circuit (yes, it's a cheap piezo disc, but modified - I haven't seen anything resembling it commercially); it is completely balanced from beginning to end, so (almost) no noise; phantom-powered like a condenser mic, so no batteries needed; and works without modification on different instruments all the way down to cello range (and even bass, but there's no substitute for a really good microphone).

    Also most relevant: most of the commercial ones given here, if they are available in India where I live, are marked up to 1.5x - 2x the cost due to import tariffs. And most of the best ones are simply not available at all, apart from being super expensive.
    Not very friendly for small-time musicians like me.

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    Default Re: Built a contact mic for string instruments.

    Good luck, I know nothing about the mandolin market place on the Indian subcontinent.

    I'm certainly not planning to import any to the USA.. you grow your own piezoelectric materials ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mandroid View Post
    you grow your own piezoelectric materials ?
    Not to my knowledge I can't grow anything, lol. But I certainly had to braid my own wires and assemble my own circuits and enclosures, and I did assemble the piezo disc itself into a new configuration.

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