Archive for March, 2015

Sennheiser ewD1 (Love It) with DPA 4099G  See Update Below

March 29, 2015

I wanted to try going digital with the DPA 4099G mic,  I was using the Shure ULXS4 and ULX1, wich sounded good but if you taped the antenna it made werid nose as well as a few other sounds.  The Sennheiser is quiet and easy to use.  The best part was I took the reciver and body pack out of the case and hooked it up to my Bose ToneMatch (Nylon String w/Condensor preset), hooked up the DPA 4099G with the mico dot DAD6034 adapter, and turned it on and ***Presto*** it was all on set up and worked perfect.  I did not need to adjust a thing and had beautiful rich thick warm tone with no sound degradation or tone loss.  Beautifully done Sennhieser.  Best system I’ve used to date. For my main purpose it to play Flamenco/Spanish style nylon string guitar with out a pickup and have an easy set up (less than 5 min).  I will use the DPA 4099G mic primarily on my Lester Devoe Negra or Zofia Blanca.  Two great Flameco guitars.  I wanted to have the freedom to move around on stage or in venues and sit in different spots and not be tied to one location to perform.  This makes that possible and the sound is really excellent as well as ease of use.   If you need a  Wirless system solution for guitar the DPA 4099 and Sennheiser EW D1 is worth checking out.  I do about 100 shows a year.  I will be giging with it later today for the first time so I will post more later. 

5/29/15 – Update Upon a few times playing live the system would drop out and make strange noisiest so I sent the system back and decided to use the DPA with a hard wire connection. 

   
 

Saddle Up – What to use Bone, Carbon, GraphTech?

March 18, 2015

I have been working on achieving string balance from the Low e to the high E on my Zofia blanco Cedartop flamenco guitar.  It has the Carlos Amplification Doble pickup in it with the Coaxail Trandsducer (UST) i’ve had a few string balance issues and tried three separate saddles.  I have switched to the L.R. Baggs Dual Source and prefer it very much over the Carlos System.  With the LR Baggs system I get better string balance, tone and control of my tone. 

1. Bone, 2. Carbon (1mm strip) w/ Bone, 3. Carbon, 4. GraphTech BlackTusqXL

To my ears with the L.R. Baggs and a good set up with a bone saddle you will get a great tone and sound from your instrument. 


The below picture is what I have come to prefer for the Carlos Amplification VIP Doble System. It’s bone with a 1mm cabin strip attached to the bottom of the bone with StewartMac 20 Super Glue. 



Graph Tech Black TusqXL PT-9125-00

March 8, 2015

I was looking for saddles to be used with the Carlos Amplification VIP Doble Pickup System and came upon the GraphTech Black TuskXL PT-9125-00 you can order them from hear GraphTech TusqXL or on eBay.  I shaped the saddle using my Acoustic 6 Saddle tool from Jearld Rohm and a belt& disk sander.  Then I shaped the saddle with regular files to do the compensation and correct string plament.  The picture below is the saddle before sanding and shaping the last pic is the final shape.  I think it works very well and with the pickup sounding very good.  It transmits very well and I thinks it’s an added benifit to string trasmission to the pickup it gives a more woody tone to what the coaxial transmits.  Less midrange pezo sound.  The saddle is said to be “permanently lubricated.   Which increases richer harmonic content and increases tuning stability. ” “The major cause of tuning frustration is when the string binds at the nut/saddle.  Precision engineered with Teflon the slipperiest substance on earth, Black Tusk XL reduces this friction, increasing tuning stability. Based on the highly resonant TUSQ formula, and permanently lubricated throughout  you can play aggressively… Designed to transfer the right frequencies more efficiently, Black Tusq XL increases harmonic content resulting in crisp highs and big open lows.” GraphTech Packaging 



Pursuit of perfection in nylon guitar sound and tone is a passion.  

March 2, 2015

  
A few folks who read my blog and follow me hear or on FB have asked what I use and like.  When you demand the best out of your instrument and gear you try so many things and it can be a long never ending journey.  For me it’s taken some years.  I would like to say I’ve found what works for me and let’s me play what I hear and feel.  My Luithier & guitar of choice is the Jorge De Zofia Cedar Top Blanca.  I like her more than other guitars I own.  This is for live use.  I hope to be getting a Negra soon (hint hint Jorge) from there if you play loud or need to be amplified there is only one choice.  I really like my DPA 4099g and Grace Felix Preamp. I have to thank a few folks before I can even mention the system.  Thank you  Al Marconi, Jason McGuire for telling me about the LR Baggs Dual Source Elemnt and mic.  Gerald Rohm who has been so kind. He’s a mechanical genius who has invented a fantastic tool for getting saddles perfectly flat to work wonderfully with pickups.  He also designed a fantastic cable for use with the system that takes a TRS Jack and then splits the cable to two TS jacks.   It’s the best sounding cable I’ve ever used.  I use the D’Addario EJ25B and EJ45C strings.  Thank you Yannaki Arrizza for getting me to try new stings😎.  Finally everything usually goes to my QSC TouchMix8 and QSC K10’s or Bose L1S and ToneMatch mixer.  Thanks to Arturo Romay, Taz Sellers, John Gilliat  for sharing techniques on amplification and how to use this gear and sound great.  There’s no way I would have the sound I do with out the help and people above who have a passion and desire for perfection, who have shared what they know.  Thank you Victor