The Radius - L.R. Baggs Mandolin Transducer
By Mandolin Cafe
February 6, 2008 - 11:30 am
Nipomo, Calif. — L.R. Baggs announces the introduction of The Radius, a pickup developed primarily for mandolin, although it may be used successfully on many smaller high voiced instruments, including the violin.
Developed primarily by Bo Radis, transducer department manager, the Radius pickup may be mounted to the outside surface of the instrument with a removable, non-destructive adhesive or to the inside with VHB adhesive.
At the heart of the transducer is a highly flexible beam with a .004" thin film sensor, similar to mic diaphragm material, attached to its surface. The beam is held in equilibrium and damped by another L.R. Baggs innovation—opposing Neodymium magnets. The sensor floats between the magnets and is not bogged down in viscous fluid or clamped between elastomeric pads, so it is completely free to respond instantly to the smallest nuance without artifact or coloration.
The Radius "kit" includes adhesive, a 1/4" stereo jack and a side mounted jack holder to enable internal or external mounting. Ease of installation, resistance to feedback and astonishing natural sound make this a quality amplification solution for the mandolin.
Weber and Breedlove are among the first mandolin companies with future plans to offer this as an option for new instrument purchases.
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