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Old 05-13-2019, 05:44 PM
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Default K&K Pure Mini (passive)

How much did you pay for it?
I see them all over and I'm wondering how low is too low to request.

I'm also wondering how I will like it, considering that I have always thought of the Fishman Rare Earth as the be-all-end-all. But I can just do a topic search, I suppose I find stuff.

This would be going into my 1946 00-17.
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Old 05-13-2019, 10:30 PM
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There is a lot of love for the Pure Mini here - I have it in two of my three acoustics and I love it. It rewards partnering with the right impedance to get the best out of it but it sounds very natural and is easy to work with. I partner mine with a Tonebone Pz-pre and, recently, a TC Body-Rez.

Dunno about prices where you are but here in Sweden itís around the equivalent of $120-150.
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:38 PM
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I've had 6 of them, and I think they were $95-100 each. I probably got some nicely discounted, and all but one was purchased online.

Compared to the Rare Earth (a nice magnetic pickup), the K+K has MUCH more presence. That is not always a desirable thing when playing live, but it sure can be engaging to play.

An SBT (soundboard transducer) like K+K also picks up body vibrations, which can be good or bad depending on what you like to hear (I personally love it).

I happen to like the advantages of an SBT for live work over any other alternative, with the exception of a condenser microphone mixed by a very capable sound person.

I'm now slowly replacing my K+K pickups with Dazzo and Schatten, as I find they have better clarity and less midrange buildup. But I am a tone freak.

By the way, an SBT and magnetic pickup can complement each other nicely. I may start experimenting with that myself.
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:44 PM
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I would not glue a K&K into a 1946 Martin. I love K&K, but I might suggest you consider a less permanent solution if this is a collector grade guitar.
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Old 05-15-2019, 06:27 PM
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I paid about $110 for one and put it in my Taylor 412. I am not looking to change it. I am satisfied. I've heard lots of recorded stuff on the internet people made of my acoustic duo.
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:54 PM
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Dazzo is superior to K&K.
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Old 05-16-2019, 03:15 PM
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And UltraTonic may be superior to Dazzo - Its just the Martin/Taylor/Gibson argument with different names. But with pickups, alot also has to do with what comes after the pickup -

I have bought unused but not new K&Ks for $90, new for about $120. What may be the most important part of any "permanent" pickup mounting is the experience and skill of the person doing it. Its a pretty major PITA to try and re-do one -
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Old 05-16-2019, 09:45 PM
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if you plan on playing at club volumes than stick with the rare earth.
after fighting so long with many sbt pups ive gone back to mags.
i honestly think they start to wig out a bit when there is too much
volume ..just the nature of piezo. if you attend open mics dont expect to
get a nice plug and play out of a mini. not without dragging alot of outboard
gear around with you.
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Old 05-17-2019, 08:11 AM
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How much did you pay for it?
I see them all over and I'm wondering how low is too low to request.

I'm also wondering how I will like it, considering that I have always thought of the Fishman Rare Earth as the be-all-end-all. But I can just do a topic search, I suppose I find stuff.

This would be going into my 1946 00-17.
Publishing prices is a violation of rules.

Contact Shoreline and use your AGF member discount, it doesn't get any cheaper.
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Old 05-17-2019, 10:07 AM
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All this advice is good. I have K&K's in four guitars, and I play them through a Tonedexter with good success. But I don't play with a band and I rarely have to crank the volume into a range where feedback is an issue. I think a lot of this is variable depending on venue, style, and the particular guitar.
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