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  • #233645
    Gretchen Cover
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    Another try:

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    #233649
    billooms
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    That looks like a good option. Does a connected cable get in the way of the pedals?

    #233658
    emma-graham
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    I use the fishman pickup mentioned by Molly K. It is brilliant. I use it in all my harps – concert grand LH 23 down to 34 string Clarsach.

    I attach the pick-up itself to the back of the soundboard using blu-tac. It never comes off accidentally but I can remove it if necessary. The jack end I fix to the harp using Command Strips picture hanging strips. I have them in two positions on the harp. The first is under the base of the harp at the side like in Bill’s photo. I use it in this position if I’m using a cable. The second is in the same place that the dusty jack clip goes but on the inside of the sound hole. I keep the jack socket there all the time as it is out of the way and can’t get damaged during travel but I also usually connect wirelessly and my transmitter fits in there neatly when I’m using it.

    The wireless system I use is this one. Can’t fault it. Xvive U2 Wireless Digital Transmitter/Receiver System for Guitar, Bass and Other Instruments, Rechargeable, 2.4 GHz Black https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01N4DSQBR/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_2Z0TDbT9JMEPZ

    #233672
    Nancy Edwards
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    Thank you Talfryn and Gretchen for the information, I don’t know anything about amplification equipment. It makes sense to me now, especially after seeing the picture of the Dusty Strings clamp.
    Do I understand correctly: the Big Twin with the external jack connector doesn’t need the additional Dusty Strings clamp? And the external jack connector is just as good as the internal?
    And does anyone have recommendations for an inexpensive amp? It would be used in smaller spaces, not any big concert areas.
    Thanks again!

    #233677
    Gretchen Cover
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    Bill, I have not had a problem with the cable. It helps that it is between the pedals. I use a small non-skid bound carpet purchased at Walmart to put over the cable if I am playing somewhere that l think I may trip on the cable.

    Nancy, look on YouTube for videos about harp amplification. Deborah Henson-Conant has a publication called “A Gurl’s Guide to Amplification.” Also go to the Dusty Strings website and read the blogs about amplification.

    #233720
    billooms
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    I like the idea of a piece of carpet to prevent cable tripping.

    #233933
    taras
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    These pickups are new but they are great! They are excellent quality and the value for money is amazing. They are a similar concept to dusty strings having multiple piezos spaced along the inside of the sound board.

    https://rebelpickups.jimdo.com/rebel-special-harp-pickup/?fbclid=IwAR1TwM4Lvj_cCqV7g4iqW9gvX4ZqOXZVaCNmhZLgOmRrkPkiORXGqK_DjMw

    #233934
    Gretchen Cover
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    Taras, that is quite a find. The price of the Rebel pickup mics, even with overseas shipping cost, is far less than Dusty Strings. Plus, you don’t need to install a harness. Are you using the mic now? Have you used the Dusty strings internal mics? I would like to know how the two mic systems compare,

    #233943
    taras
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    My first preference is a kortier pickup on each string but that is not always possible. I use Dusty Strings pickups in one of my harps which sound great! I installed Rebel pickups into someone else’s harp and they also sound great. I could not make a fair comparison due to both harps being very different.

    The harness that dusty strings has prevents potential buzz from wires vibrating against the soundboard or soundbox. You may have to make something similar to prevent that potential issue with the rebel pickup.

    Piezos are not expensive. To make something similar to both systems would be under 5 USD if you know how to solder.
    https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/5-PCS-12mm-Piezo-Elements-Sounder-Sensor-Trigger-Drum-Disc-wire-copper/401096575002?hash=item5d6338081a:g:jcwAAOSwk5FUr5lN

    #260358
    jaydg
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    Could I resurrect an old thread, and ask about amplifying my Camac Korrigan – I occasionally play the cello or bass parts on it, in our community orchestra, if we’re missing players – but apparently it can barely be heard.

    I’m wondering about the K+K double twin, which has four pads, but I don’t think the leads are long enough to put the jack at the bottom of my harp?

    I also know nothing about amplifiers. I’d like one with a battery, I wondered about the Fishman Loudbox Mini Charge….but it weighs 10kg. Bad enough lugging the Korrigan about. Any other ideas?

    How easy is it to get to work properly, not have horrendous feedback etc?

    Thanks for any help 😊

    #260359
    billooms
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    The pickup that L&H installed at the factory on my 85CG was the K&K Big Twin (two pickups) with 18″ and 36″ leads. To get the longer leads, you may have to do a special order with K&K or perhaps order it from L&H.

    I’ve not used any of the battery powered amplifiers. I run the pickup direct to the house mixer with a Behringer Ultra-DI (gives an XLR balanced output to the mixer).

    #260360
    harpist123
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    I have used the KK Big Twin on Pratt Chamber harp (36 strings) place 1/3rd down from top of soundboard and 1/3rd up from bottom of soundboard. Worked beautifully! I don’t own an amplifier, but plugged into event PA system. No feedback. Projection was clear and audible in a room filled with 200+ talking and drinking guests 🙂

    #260361
    jaydg
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    @harpist123 was that a ‘stock’ K+K Big Twin, ie not with the special leads that @billooms talks about?

    (I’m in the UK, and our wonderful gov have made customs very complicated to buy directly from K+K)

    #260363
    harpist123
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    Stock KK Big Twin.

    #260364
    harpist123
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    https://www.kksound.com/instruments/harp.php — here is K&K website. Cables for Big Twin are both 1 ft long from rca connection. This would mean the upper piezo would only go up the soundboard from the point where you drill in for race connection. Mine was drilled in at bottom of my Pratt. So unless those KK cables were longer way back when I had them installed, the harp shop owner probably extended the upper cable himself, or ordered it longer. Maybe you should do a measurement on your harp, then email K&K.

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