Delano TheXtender 4 H/S oval pickups?

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  1. JIO

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    I'm considering these for a custom build but have no reference on them other than the way they look. I do know they're not cheap. I'd be matching them (2) up w/an Audere JZ3 pre-amp. Anyone use them and if so what's your opinion?
     
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    To me they sound kind of bland. They do look cool though.

     
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    tubby.twins Amateur Pickup Reviewer Gold Supporting Member

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    I've got a few of the 5-string version in my parts drawer. I haven't done anything more than a "tap test" with a metal screwdriver to make sure it worked. I am expecting they will not be too dissimilar from other Delano "HE" series pickups, which have great midrange and a very crisp treble. However, I have not yet carved a new route in a bass to hold the oval pickup. It's on my list of projects to do. :)
     
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    I've been wondering the same thing. It's hard to get any information about them at all from people actually using them.

    If they're anything at all like Delano's other pickups, then they're probably fabulous. But it's risky to route nonstandard oval shapes into the body over "probably"... Of course, if you have a spare bass you don't care about, or a pawn shop nearby...
     
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    thanks - that's a start. My build would be a 4 string and the Audere pre has a wide range of tonal control. Just wish I could hear somebody say - I use them, etc etc... anyone?
     
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    A few months after the fact, yes. But I'd just like to say that if I were to go for a pair of Delano Xtenders, I'd most certainly pair them with an Audere preamp as well. They're very clean, transparent, yet powerful. I have Auderes in several of my instruments, and like them a lot - particularly the model with the 3-way Z-mode switch. Yowza!

    FWIW, I did have a Delano Sonar 3-band preamp in one of my basses, going for the hi-fi thing at the time. It wasn't for me. It was just too polite and well-mannered. I guess I'm not as much into the hi-fi thing as I thought.

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    Yes, time has passed since starting this thread - thanks for your input. The project "Supernova" http://www.talkbass.com/threads/supernova-bass-project-ovular-content.1057545/page-22 was complete, but is back on the lift for an overhaul. I did play it and it sounds great - what's going on now is a design modification followed by a finish upgrade. The Delano ovals/Audere JZ (w/3-way switch) is huge sounding, quiet, articulate and rich toned. (my hope realized) I'm currently working on a 5-string which will have the Delano Quad oval (single) installed. http://www.talkbass.com/threads/superb-5r.1102514/ I'd like this one to be passive with multiple switching options as the pu is designed for. So I'm looking for a suitable electronics harness to do this and if anyone has opinions on where to look I'd appreciate it.
     
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    Nice. Very nice. :cool:

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