by Dave Fox
This micro-goose neck pickup by Myers Pickups is called “The Feather” and is meant for a variety of instruments depending on whether they create vibrations when being played.
They’re perfect for percussion, string, and some wind instruments, too. The cello, violin, guitar, or even ukulele can benefit from a pickup that feeds into an amplifier.
|“The Feather” Cello Pickup With Flexible Micro-Goose Neck By Myers Pickups ~ See It In Action! Copy And Paste: Myerspickupscom|
The company was started by Gregg Myers, who is currently the CEO, owner, and inventor, but it’s also managed by multiple members of his family. This includes his wife and grown children. This family-owned and operated company has several patents for their pickups as well as for amplified drums. Their motto drives the company, and is what inspires them to hear their customers. “Your Passion. Heard.”
The pickup is powered to deliver sound directly to the amplifier. Without the pickup, you would need a microphone aimed at the instrument to capture the sounds and make them heard by the audience or amplify them for recording. The preamp has its own internal power source, but doesn’t come with the cables needed to link the pickup with the amplifier itself. Whether you’re using an amplifier or plugging directly into a PA system or recording the sounds, you’ll need the cables to make this possible.
The active preamp is powered with lithium batteries that are included as the internal power source. You won’t have to pick up your own batteries. Lithium batteries can last for a very long time, too.
When using a preamp, you want to be careful of the noise. When the instrument noise is boosted with the use of an amp, you can’t filter out any of the noises. All of the vibrations and noise are amplified with the pickup mic, so you want it to capture crystal clear sounds from the instrument itself without ambient noise surrounding the musician bleeding through.
An omnidirectional pickup mic captures noise from all directions instead of picking up sound from one direction. It’s important to know the difference between each of the mic patterns, so that you’re using the right type for the instrument and situation.
The flexible neck of The Feather means that you’ll be able to attach and move the microphone section to any position that works best for the instrument being amplified or recorded. If it’s a cello, you’ll want to place the pickup next to the F-hole. For a guitar, you’ll want to place the unit near the sound hole.
The Myers company has patented a saddle clip that holds the pickup onto the instrument without ruining the wood. It’ll clip into place and allow you to adjust the flexible neck into a position that will pick up the best sound to be amplified.
It compact and works very well for a variety of instruments whether it’s string instruments like a cello or guitar or a percussion instrument.
After removing the pickup from the box, place it directly onto the desired instrument. The cable from the amplifier, recorder, or PA system can be inserted into the ¼ inch input jack on the side of the pickup. This will activate the pickup’s internal power source. You can easily adjust the volume of the pickup mic to a level that works for your situation.
The company stands behind their products. These are not sold through a third party. They’re made in the US and Myers wants their customers to be satisfied with their products. If the customer isn’t 100 percent satisfied, the pickup mic can be returned. They’ll refund your money with no questions asked. It’s refreshing to have a company stand behind their products like that.
How much ambient sound does this mic catch?
Most customers haven’t reported much in the way of ambient noise with the placement of the pickup. You can certainly move the mic to a place that is quieter on the instrument if that happens.
Do I need a phantom power source for this?
You do not. There’s an internal source for the pickup itself.
Where is the pickup attached to the instrument?
The best place to attach the pickup is the bridge on most instruments. You can work with a placement that brings the best quality depending on the instrument itself.
The Feather is a terrific pickup instrument mic for those who need to use an amplifier or a soundboard for their recording and performances. It’s a great pickup mic that works directly out of the box. There’s no real set up involved. Clip the pickup mic to the instrument, adjust the flexible neck and test it out for yourself. You might be surprised by how easy it is to work with this mic.
About Dave Fox
Recorder of many songs, haver of many albums. Dave (AKA Young Coconut) has been making music for the past twenty years or so, of varying genres and degrees of quality, to the dismay of listeners and algorithms everywhere. He’s also in the Suburban Bicycle Gang with Jerry Grey.
Dave has a keen interest in studying all aspects of music history, especially experimental / genres like jazz, krautrock, drum n’ bass, and no wave.
Here’s his Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/1v3iPVEXzurahTI2Tm4Tpm