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Realist Copper question:

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by inrharmony, Mar 5, 2016.

  1. inrharmony


    Nov 22, 2015

    Just installed a Realist pickup with the copper insert that goes between the bridge foot and the top. I'm wondering if I'm just paranoid, or if I'm noticing a slight loss of resonance on the E and A strings, due to the new material placed there. Anyone else notice that, or am I off my rocker? I like the pickup otherwise, but since I have a hybrid, I can't afford any loss of resonance.

    Hoping it's just my misjudgment....
  2. Ric Vice

    Ric Vice Supporting Member

    Jul 2, 2005
    Olivette, Missouri
    Well, I'm sure there is a little bit of reduction in sound. I noticed that my bass opened up slightly when I removed mine and started using the Ehrlund EAP.

  3. inrharmony


    Nov 22, 2015

    Thanks for chiming in....I really couldn't get over the fact that my Shen 150 lost something when I installed the Realist...wouldn't be a problem except that I DO plan on playing in an orchestra fairly shortly...and I can't afford to give up ANY resonance whatsoever. Think I'll pass on this pickup and just pre-amp the HELL out of what I have already.
  4. Matt Ides

    Matt Ides Supporting Member

    May 12, 2004
    Minneapolis, MN
    I have been using the copper realist for years on different basses. I have never noticed a significant drop off in the E or A. They sound really great on my current set up and the pick up is installed. Maybe give it another shot or have it professionally installed.
    Last edited: Mar 18, 2016
  5. gottliver


    Dec 20, 2004
    Yes. I noticed a difference.
  6. the_Ryan


    Jul 10, 2015
    I haven't, but I know that some basses are more sensitive to things like that than others.
  7. silvertone


    Nov 6, 2007
    SF, CA
    No audible issues for me and I have a realist installed on 2 uprights: a '96 Kessler and a '54 Kay C-1.

    Lately I've been plugging into a Phil Jones Double Four (small, portable, quiet and perfect for bluegrass or use in small clubs).
  8. hdiddy

    hdiddy Official Forum Flunkee Supporting Member

    Mar 16, 2004
    Richmond, CA
    I would give any type of install of this nature some time for the bass to settle back in with the new changes. Sound differences may have been because you detensioned the bass just to have it installed or maybe that your bridge moved a little bit. Give it a few weeks and see if you still notice a loss.

    There was a small difference when I installed mine but I can't tell anymore.

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