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How much to sell a DeArmond pickup for

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Sean Riddle, Jun 10, 2019.


  1. Sean Riddle

    Sean Riddle Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Ventura, California
    So I’ve been going through a lot of my gear recently and selling stuff I no longer use and need. One thing I came across that I have is an old DeArmond pickup that I was given a few years back by someone I did a few gigs with. I really have no use for it and doubt I will ever use it, so I want to sell it. Before I make a post on the classifieds here and elsewhere on the internet, I want to know what would be a fair asking price for it? Personally I don’t know if it even still works as I’ve never used it, so I might want to figure that out first.
     
  2. HateyMcAmp

    HateyMcAmp Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2006
    Denver, Colorado
    These are more a historical curiosity than a functional pickup. I'd price it as a novelty. That said, I currently see one on eBay for $115.
     
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  3. Don Kasper

    Don Kasper Supporting Member

    Give the guy $25 to take it off of your hands?
    IMO.
    Thanks!
     
  4. Sean Riddle

    Sean Riddle Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Ventura, California
    I'm gonna give it a shot on good old craigslist and reverb just to see if there's some vintage nerd who will take it off my hands. I wound up taking my post in the classifieds on here down cause I don't think anybody here has a need for it. I may be totally wrong though.
     
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  5. salcott

    salcott Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2007
    NYC, Inwood.
    Find a Polytone pickup, put both in a little display case, and be glad you'll never have to depend on either one.
     
  6. Sean Riddle

    Sean Riddle Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2013
    Ventura, California
    Someone gave me this pickup after I did a gig with them a few years back, but I was too polite to turn it down and it just wound up in my drawer. All I can say is that I feel lucky to have been born into the era of the Realist.
     
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  7. rickwolff

    rickwolff Certified Gear Junkie, Amateur Adjunct Professor Supporting Member

    I'd give someone $25 to get in their time machine and go back to when I (tried to) use one and have them take it OFF MY BASS and off my hands.

    God, that makes me feel even older than I am.

    And here is a picture of me using it:

    Dearmond Bass Pickup.
     
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  8. I’m your Huckleberry. Got a Polytone right here.
     
  9. lurk

    lurk

    Dec 2, 2009
    The polytone actually worked and despite it's shortcomings a lot of people used it. The d'Armond on the other hand was awful. Until the polytone and the first Barcus Berry - very expensive - it was built into a bridge which a luthier had to fit to your bass - the best solution was to wrap a mic in a towel stuff it behind the tailpiece and plug it into your B15. The d'Armond that worked was their magnetic guitar pickup which you could rig at the end of the board.
     
  10. Roger Davis

    Roger Davis

    May 24, 2006
    England
    When the d’Armond first appeared over here I thought there’s got to be a better way, so I used a Reslo ribbon mic on a stand in front of the bass. It was surprisingly feedback free up to a reasonable volume but we all played a lot quieter back then.
     
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  11. james condino

    james condino Spruce dork Supporting Member Commercial User

    Sep 30, 2007
    asheville, nc
    That's the funny thing- D'Armond guitar pickups are very much in demand and tend to go for close to $200 with the vintage geeks, but they missed the mark on the bass...
     

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