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Bone saddle for a piezo pickup

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Cavalier
Posted 2015-04-12 11:11 PM (#508758 - in reply to #500851)
Subject: Re: Bone saddle for a piezo pickup


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Did you try a different preamp? The Ovation unit is optimized for the factory pickup.
The stock pickup saddle "floating" on the rtv seems like it would vibrate more freely creating more energy in the piezo elements but also transfer less energy to the body.
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FlySig
Posted 2015-04-14 5:24 PM (#508854 - in reply to #500851)
Subject: Re: Bone saddle for a piezo pickup



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No, just the Ovation preamp.

The factory plastic saddle has nearly independent individual string saddles, connected by a very small section. Idk if this has some effect on the tone of the assembly or not. It may allow more energy to transmit to each individual piezo element with less bleed over onto other adjacent piezo crystals. One of my planned experiments is to make individual bone saddle elements for each string. First I need several OPP saddle/pickup assemblies and then start machining bone saddles.
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Cavalier
Posted 2015-04-16 11:24 PM (#508929 - in reply to #500851)
Subject: Re: Bone saddle for a piezo pickup


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Reducing the "cross talk" may be the intention. I play a Zeta Violin and in many ways the pickup is similar to an Ovation. In the violin's case the reduced cross talk/bleed through is used to minimize tracking glitches when playing with a midi converter. This might be worth a try on a Ovation instead of a hex pickup but would need a single connection to each element.
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