Magnetic pickup vs Piezo vs Mic pointed at dulcimer
General mountain dulcimer or music discussions
Since no one has yet answered, I'll give my 2 centavos. I use a Schatten Dualie stick-on piezo I've had for at least 20 years. I bought it to amplify nylon string guitars to get that "Willie" sound. That being said, I also run it through a Boss GE-7 equalizer which has a small preamp built in. Like with the guitar, I run it into whatever amp I have available. I was given a Roland Microcube this year and I love it. I was using the Squire version of a Frontman 15, which for what it is, a cheap amp, isn't bad at all. For larger gigs I have a Fender Acoustisonic 150. I haven't yet used a magnetic pickup on a dulcimer, however I'm thinking about building a strictly electric instrument with both a piezo and a magnetic. If you want some input on magnetic pickups, contact Jerry Rockwell. He also has a unique mounting system he invented to move magnetic pickups from dulcimer to dulcimer. Think the old Rickenbacker horseshoe in reverse.