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Original Post By: ukeman80 Date: 3/17/2019 10:04:34 AM   (Updated: 3/17/2019 10:09:28 AM)
Hi Everyone,

Does anyone in here have the blackbird farallon? I have been reading a lot about it and I am locking in on my next purchase. My only concern is the electronics. After reading lots of forums, I seem to have narrowed it down to three choices. My main areas of concern are string balance (my C string is often overpowering and my A sounds weak on my current electrics ukes) and natural sound.

1- Misi with fishman piezo- this is the one that they offer, and it seems like they have good reasons. I like the re-charge concept and the volume controls.
2- LR Baggs 5.0- lots of positive reviews on this one as well, but tinkering with a battery may compromise the installation over time.
3- K&K twins spot- lots of positive reviews as well, and seems to have the least intrusive installation. I also read it works best when run through the K&K pure pre-amp.

Ok, does any one in here have a farallon with these pick ups? I welcome honesty, I will be running it though a fishman loudbox.

Aloha! I am so excited to get this ukulele, and I want to get it right!
Posted By: soccerward Date: 3/18/2019 3:13:12 PM
You can't have your cake and eat it too. Natural sound does not = electronic pickups. Natural sounding is not an active L.R. Baggs Five.O pickup.

You only get true and "natural" sound by for example using a $1000+ sennheiser microphone pointing it at the uke and mic'ing it that way. Forget about moving around off mic though.

If you're worried about string balance order off menu and ask for an RMC Acoustic Gold install. They used to install these on Blackbird Carbon Fiber Tenors and will still custom order. Individual piezo's on each string so perfect string balance and they are the cleanest sounding pickups money can buy, next to it's little sister acoustic golds found on Godin MultiUkes and my personal favorite bang for buck the Ovation ukulele's with Op 24 pickups. If you get the RMC Acoustic golds you can buy the external preamp that matches it and really get the best sound but that's a boat load of money. Cheers

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