Good evening everyone !! This is one topic I've always wondered about. Is a pick-up better than a mic or vise versa ?? I always thought that a mic was sort of a "pain" since you needed the boom stand & the mic would get in the way of my strum, etc, I believed that an add-on pickup would be the "cat's meow" (not Harpmaker's cat though
) for practicality & sound, so I bid & won a "dulcimer pick-up on e-bay. It's about the size of a checkers piece & sticks on the instrument with a blue "sonic" !? putty. Maybe not the best system - I don't know
I tried sticking it on different parts on my different dulcimers & pretty well found the optimum sound location on each one. Maybe it's because it's not of high quality pick-up, but the sound coming out the amp just doesn't have the "ring" like the natural "sweet" sound of the dulcimer. I imagine the built-ins would have a better sound.
When I was in Collowhee last year, all the performers at the concerts were miced & it sounded like dulcimers should sound. I don't think I've seen any dulcimers with built-ins while I was there. I guess it because the mic picks up the sound projected through the air by the soundboard/soundhole which is the "true" sound & not a just a vibration xmitted to a piezo element. I'm now beginning to believe that the mic stand is not such a pain as I 1st thought it was. This is my opinion based on my theory. Am I right? I would like to hear other comments & experiences others have had with pick-ups.