which preamp and piezo to match with my setup?

Discussion in 'Amps, Mics & Pickups [DB]' started by Bjazzman, Jul 26, 2013.

  1. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    currently using a schaller magnetic pickup and i have a realist but it's not installed. the reason i still want to use the schaller is because i play though some effects. currently i use eurosonics as my string of choice.

    so i need a preamp that can blend both the magnetic and piezo

    and wondering if i should get a full circle pickup or stick with the realist

  2. Mark Gollihur

    Mark Gollihur Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jul 19, 2000
    Mullica Hill, NJ
    Owner/President, Gollihur Music LLC
    Try the pickup you have first, if you get unsatisfactory results, try something else.

    As for preamps, there are many. You don't need a special preamp to blend the two, just a preamp with high enough impedance to properly buffer the piezo pickup. So any of the commonly used ones will work:

    K&K Dual Channel Pro
    LR Baggs MixPro
    DTAR Solstice
    Radial PZ-PRE
    K&K Quantum Blender
    et al...
  3. Jeff Bonny

    Jeff Bonny

    Nov 20, 2000
    I've successfully mixed a piezo and mag with a couple of different small Soundcraft and Mackie mixers. My go to for years though was a Raven Labs PMB. That's no longer being made but the D-TAR Solstice seems close in function.
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