The StringAmp - The basic principle is electrodynamic, as in very high performance microphones.
The StringAmp works by the spatial movement of the string in an individually calibrated active field. The preamplifier is very special, in both generating and sensing this field. Each string is separately adjustable for an even volume and harmonic content, and the electrical signal closely follows the specific characteristics of each string.
Those who play it have usually tried *everything* else in many years of endless searching for the right sound, to great expense and exasperation.
To them StringAmp is Heaven. Of course, the StringAmp doesn´t stop them from experimenting. Only , after playing around, they are back with StringAmp.
A violinmaker in Norway, Urs Wenk-Wolff, truly really hated electric violins, period!, until grudgingly he tried a StringAmp violin. He is now a StringAmp representative.
Pro's: The StringAmp is the only pickup system that will produce a truly high quality sound, and lasting value, worthy of the best instruments and players. There is no added weight to the instruments body.
You can use your nicest acoustic violin and have both options in one instrument, having the good acoustic sound enhancing the amplified sound without compromises. It is a mature product refined through more than 28 years. It is made to last the life of the instrument.
It is a one time investment in the best possible amplified sound.
Future Improvements in technology are compatible with previously installed instruments.
We have customers with systems installed over 28 years ago coming in for a checkup, going out with a new preamp, taking advantage of the latest advances in preamp technology. The standard 9V alkaline battery will last about 100 hours of use.
The instrument maintenance required is mainly cleaning and an occasional change of strings.
Con's: StringAmp is not a cheap solution. Real quality is never really cheap. Proper installation is a must. It won´t work with all strings.