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The FiddleJack

...from Gary Bartig

Introducing the FiddleJack - a unique tool for the gigging violinist designed right here at "G. Edward Lutherie World Headquarters" in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This slick little device provides separate microphone and pickup outputs with JUST ONE CABLE, allowing any fiddler with an existing violin pickup to add a high quality microphone with no additional cable.

Here's how it works...

Wired into one end of an audiophile-quality, stereo shielded cable (with two separate channels) is a microphone and 1/4" male jack. Plug the " jack into your existing violin pickup and clip the flexible microphone gooseneck onto your chin rest. The other end of the stereo (i.e. two-channel) cable features another " male jack that plugs into your pickup preamp or stage amplifier, and a standard microphone XLR output to send to your mixing board or house mains. Use your pickup for your monitors and the microphone for the house P.A. speakers.

Is this starting to make sense??

What you get is the beautiful miked violin tone going out to your admiring fans, and just the pickup in your monitors or stage amplifier. You can be as loud as you want in your monitors with NO FEEDBACK! And with no microphone in your monitors you'll be able to achieve maximum front-of-house volume. If you're still fighting feedback in the house mains using the microphone channel only, bump up the violin volume by adding some pickup gain into the house mains.

Different position, different tone...

Different tones can be achieved from the FiddleJack microphone simply by changing its position.

    For the most accurate sound, position the microphone above the strings.
    For the warmest sound, place the microphone behind the bridge, close to the top.
    And for an open sound — not as accurate as above the strings, and not as warm as behind the bridge — place the microphone under the strings, behind the bridge pointing toward the finger board.
Experiment with microphone placement to achieve the sound that best fits your playing style and instrument. And once you've found the optimal microphone placement, you'll find you can repeat it gig after gig!


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FiddleJack with Carpenter Jack Setup

FiddleJack - Jack, Clip, Mic

FiddleJack - Jack, Output

Entire FiddleJack Outfit


Most accurate: above the strings
   Most accurate: above the strings

Warm: close to the top
   Warm: close to the top

Open: behind the strings
   Open: behind the strings

Hear for yourself...

The following audio clips were recorded in Gary's Warehouse Studio with our newly re-designed amplified acoustic Dahlia 5-string violin.

FiddleJack audio clips! FiddleJack: Mic only
FiddleJack audio clips! FiddleJack: Pickup only
FiddleJack audio clips! FiddleJack: Mic and Pickup Blended

Gary introducing the FiddleJack at Wintergrass 2013 (YouTube) And here's Gary introducing the FiddleJack at our Wintergrass 2013 booth.

Call 800-741-3045 to order.

Or email for a Skype Name: AcousticElectricappointment with Gary today!

The FiddleJack Mic & Pickup Combo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $439  Special introductory price: $399
(Carrying pouch included.) The Nifty FiddleJack Carrying Pouch

FiddleJack specs...

FIDDLEJACK:
   Handmade in Minneapolis: by Peter Engh Pro Audio
   Mr. Engh has been making cabling for the TV, radio, and recording industries for over 20 years. We're thrilled to have Peter making our cables because we know they're of the highest quality, every time!
   90 Day Warranty

MICROPHONE:
   Element: Fixed-charge back plate, permanently polarized condenser
   Polar Pattern: Cardioid
   Frequency Response: 50-15,000 Hz
   Low Frequency Roll-off: 80 Hz, 18 dB/octave
   Open Circuit Sensitivity: -45 dB (5.6 mV) re 1V at 1 Pa
   Impedance: 250 ohms
   Maximum Input Sound Level: 145 dB SPL, 1 kHz at 1% T.H.D.
   Dynamic Range (typical): 115 dB, 1 kHz at Max SPL
   Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 64 dB, 1 kHz at 1 Pa
   Phantom Power Requirements: 11-52V DC, 2 mA typical
   Switch: Flat, roll-off
   Weight (Microphone): 0.3 oz (8 g)
   Weight (Power Module): 2.9 oz (81 g)
   Dimensions (Microphone): 0.98" (25.0 mm) long, 0.40" (10.2 mm) diameter
   Dimensions (Power Module): 3.66" (92.9 mm) long, 0.74" (18.9 mm) diameter
   Output Connector (Power Module): Integral 3-pin XLRM-type
   Please Note: as with all condenser microphones, phantom power is required. Almost all mixing boards furnish phantom power.

CABLE:
   Mogami Microphone Cable: Number 2930, Made in Japan
   Every foot of Mogami cable is made in Nagano, Japan under the direct supervision of the company founder who continues to work every day. Each cable is certified to meet rigid specifications.

GEEKY DETAILS:
   A note about the microphone we use: we tested a number of instrument microphones for use with the FiddleJack. After checking specifications, and mounting each microphone on a violin and directly recording it, we chose the Audio-Technica Pro-35 for the following reasons:
   It sounds really good!
   It's not as sensitive as higher priced mics, which means you'll get more volume before feedback.
   It attaches to your chin rest, which means nothing is attached to the body of your violin.
   Built into the microphone output XLR jack is an 80 Hz. roll-off switch, so it will pick up less unwanted stage noise, and give you more volume before feedback.
   In our opinion, it's the best sounding, lowest priced instrument microphone on the planet.

Read more of Gary's thoughts on choice of microphone here.

 

For free technical advice, or for custom cord length, call Gary at 800-741-3045, or send an email to info@gelbass.com.

 

Audio clips recorded at Warehouse Studio, performed by James Plattes.
Learn more about our audio clip recording methods.