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Original Post By: lifereinspired Date: 2/24/2018 5:55:49 PM
Hi!

I'm hoping to order an Outdoor Ukulele and I want to add a pickup. I'll likely be starting with a soprano (though still not quite 100% certain, I only mention this in case it has a bearing on which option would be better).

I'm kind of a tech geek and I want the pickup so I can plug into my computer or my spouse's iPad (we have managed to get several cool music creation apps on there now). The problem is, I just don't know how much of a difference there will be in the two options. Both are made by K&K. I think that one is the Aloha Twin (seen here: http://kksound.com/products/alohatwin.php) and I believe that the other is the Big Island Spot (seen here: http://kksound.com/products/bigislandspot.php). These seem to be the two options that best match up with the descriptions posted on the Outdoor Ukulele website (seen here as the K&K Single Passive or K&K Twin Passive pickups: https://www.outdoorukulele.com/collections/custom-shop). My understanding is that they'll install at no additional cost, if/when you purchase the pickup with the uke. The single passive is $45 and the twin passive is $95. I'd love to hear any thoughts on the differences and similarities, pros and cons of each. Why I would or wouldn't want either one.

This is probably a dumb question but I don't have another way of obtaining an answer. I've read in passing, comments that seem to indicate that if your have a pickup in your uke (at least with the OU brand), that pickup connector can act as one of your strap buttons. Is this really true? So would a person rder one less strap button (just one rather than two)mas a result?

Any advice, assistance and expertise that you could share regarding these pickups would be incredibly wonderful - and hugely appreciated! Thank you, so, so much! I just feel really stuck not knowing more about them and having trouble searching for more info online. Definitely grateful for all of your help and assistance.

Thanks again, I truly am grateful. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!
Take very good care...
Posted By: karl Date: 2/25/2018 1:25:57 PM
If you go with an undersaddle pickup, twin sensors are better than a single sensor. It gives a more natural sound. Downside is that the price is higher (95$ instead of 45$) and that the transparancy of the ukulele makes the whole system visible.

I think that undersaddle pickups are good for amplification, but not so great for recording, when compared to a microphone of similar value. I've never used more expensive under-saddle systems (MiSi comes to mind), but they are in a different price league.

Outdoor ukuleles come standard without an end pin, but the website does say you can have one installed for a mere 5$. When an undersaddle pickup is installed, you automatically have an end pin. As a personal opinion, I've never needed an end pin, especially not on sopranos.

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