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    Update ...... I played with the pick-up at church band practice tonight. Sounds great & I don't have to worry about standing really still & staying close to the mic. I opted for the MiSi in the Gary Gill short neck tenor that's on it's way to me.
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    Cool. The minimal invasion of an undersaddle pickup and endpin jack are such slight modifications that I can see no rational likelihood of regretting such a choice. Chopping a big hole in the side of a uke for the purpose of installing a preamp though... I'd wince at that.

    If I'm fitting pickups to instruments I always opt to keep the preamp and controls outboard - although I would be happy enough to use a small endpin-mounted preamp. I really don't like adding a ton of weight to instruments, nor taking up unnecessary space in the body chamber. The smaller and lighter the instrument the more it would worry me.

    I actually use a Zoom G3 electric guitar FX pedal as my acoustic preamp, EQ and DI box! That way I find that adding a pickup costs me less than 15 per instrument.
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    In another thread we had discussed amps, pre-amps, DI, etc. and how to "plug-in" to the church PA system. Last night I used an audio cable with XLR end that plugged into the snake (I believe that's what it's called). No pre-amp or DI required. The MiSi pick-up has an onboard pre-amp. The sound guy had me play for a little while and he made adjustments from the big sound board in the back of the church. When we were both happy with the way it sounded, we started practice. It sounded good to me, but I'm new to being plugged in, so my tastes in sound may not be as refined as those who play in public a lot. I could definitely hear my ukulele in the mix a lot more than when I was just playing into a mic. I was probably not nearly close enough to the mic before. Being able to move around a little more while playing was really nice. I will never be one to "prance about" while performing, but it's nice not to have to be a statue behind a mic. On the downside, now that my ukulele voice can be heard more, I really can't mess up too much while playing. I'm still competing with an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a piano, so I'll still blend in. However, there was one Sunday that all the other instrumental folks were out of town and it was just me and the singers.
    My ukulele family.....
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    KoAloha concert - circa 2006
    Loprinzi cedar & rosewood concert
    Gary Gill concert scale tenor, Douglas Fir & Mahogany

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    Update ...... I played with the pick-up at church band practice tonight. Sounds great & I don't have to worry about standing really still & staying close to the mic. I opted for the MiSi in the Gary Gill short neck tenor that's on it's way to me.
    Great to hear you are enjoying the pick up and seeing it's benefits. Smart move to have your Gary Gill outfitted with the Misi. When I order a uke I get a pickup installed so when it arrives I am prepared to plug in, be it that day or two months down the road.

    I am also very impressed with the progress you have made. Not only in the instruments you are acquiring but the fact you are performing in public with them, Bravo!!!
    Ukuleles.............yes please !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    In another thread we had discussed amps, pre-amps, DI, etc. and how to "plug-in" to the church PA system. Last night I used an audio cable with XLR end that plugged into the snake (I believe that's what it's called). No pre-amp or DI required. The MiSi pick-up has an onboard pre-amp[...]
    I had a tenor with a Misi. Still wish I hadn't sold it. The must be one of the most convenient pickup designs ever. I hate batteries.
    And whether the blood be highland, lowland or no,
    And whether the skin be black or white as the snow,
    Of kith and of kin we are one, be it right, be it wrong,
    As long as our hearts beat true to the lilt of a song.

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    Yes, that’s why I got the MiSi. Plug it in for 60 seconds and it’s charged for 8 plus hours. The instructions say it will be charged for 16 hours “depending on style of play” but I don’t know what that means.
    My ukulele family.....
    Islander Acacia soprano
    KoAloha concert - circa 2006
    Loprinzi cedar & rosewood concert
    Gary Gill concert scale tenor, Douglas Fir & Mahogany

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    Quote Originally Posted by DownUpDave View Post
    Great to hear you are enjoying the pick up and seeing it's benefits. Smart move to have your Gary Gill outfitted with the Misi. When I order a uke I get a pickup installed so when it arrives I am prepared to plug in, be it that day or two months down the road.

    I am also very impressed with the progress you have made. Not only in the instruments you are acquiring but the fact you are performing in public with them, Bravo!!!
    Thanks. Any opportunity to play is good with me. Playing at church has been a good learning experience. It's just strumming chords, but playing in time with the singers and the other instrumentalists takes some practice. Plus the music is not always is the easiest to play keys. I'm really learning to embrace the dreaded Emajor. It's all good.
    My ukulele family.....
    Islander Acacia soprano
    KoAloha concert - circa 2006
    Loprinzi cedar & rosewood concert
    Gary Gill concert scale tenor, Douglas Fir & Mahogany

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    ...On the downside, now that my ukulele voice can be heard more, I really can't mess up too much while playing. I'm still competing with an electric guitar, an acoustic guitar, and a piano, so I'll still blend in. However, there was one Sunday that all the other instrumental folks were out of town and it was just me and the singers.
    more.reasons.to.just......PRACTICE DAMMIT! LOL

    Glad to hear you are having FUN!

    Quote Originally Posted by buddhuu View Post
    I had a tenor with a Misi. Still wish I hadn't sold it. The must be one of the most convenient pickup designs ever. I hate batteries.
    Aye brother!

    Mi-Si is my jam. Love it for all of those reasons.

    I've installed my own in 3 ukes and 2 guitars over the years.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Booli View Post
    more.reasons.to.just......PRACTICE DAMMIT! LOL

    Glad to hear you are having FUN!



    Aye brother!

    Mi-Si is my jam. Love it for all of those reasons.

    I've installed my own in 3 ukes and 2 guitars over the years.
    Trust me, I'm practicing ...... a lot. The band leaders have been very good about giving me the lead sheets as early as possible and giving me links to videos of the songs. Chordify is my new best friend. The lead sheets have guitar chords, but I can figure it out pretty easy.

    Anything special I need to know about the MiSi, other than plug it in for 1 minute and then play for up to 16 hours? I did see that the owners manual says to charge it for 2 minutes for the first 2-3 cycles. I did read somewhere on UU that leaving it plugged in is a bad idea. How many hours of play do you typically get?
    My ukulele family.....
    Islander Acacia soprano
    KoAloha concert - circa 2006
    Loprinzi cedar & rosewood concert
    Gary Gill concert scale tenor, Douglas Fir & Mahogany

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    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    Trust me, I'm practicing ...... a lot. The band leaders have been very good about giving me the lead sheets as early as possible and giving me links to videos of the songs. Chordify is my new best friend. The lead sheets have guitar chords, but I can figure it out pretty easy.
    Whatever the chord NAMES, they are the names of the SAME chords on uke. If there are chord pictograms that also show the finger positions across 6-strings of guitar, you can just ignore that and play the NAMED chord on uke as you would if you had uke chord pictures.

    A G chord is the same whether played on guitar, uke, piano, just different fingerings per each.

    Quote Originally Posted by RafterGirl View Post
    Anything special I need to know about the MiSi, other than plug it in for 1 minute and then play for up to 16 hours? I did see that the owners manual says to charge it for 2 minutes for the first 2-3 cycles. I did read somewhere on UU that leaving it plugged in is a bad idea. How many hours of play do you typically get?
    That is right, first 2-3 times double the charge time, and for me at least 16 hrs betw charges

    Also if you leave it plugged in this depletes the charge because the insertion of a plug into the jack activates the electronics, and thus they use all the power saved in the capacitor if left plugged in.

    Similarly do NOT leave it plugged in to charge overnight or more than a mins or two after the first few charges. Doing so can cause the capacitor to actually explode inside your uke. Think of about 3 firecrackers going off at the same time in your hand. When a capacitor explodes it makes a nasty POP noise and there are whisps of white smoke and the acidic smell of burnt plastic (which is the electrolyte inside the capacitor having been cooked beyond the potential of it's energy storage).

    Same thing if you charged up a battery too fast or for too long, it would explode too. Battery chargers should have a circuit to sense when to stop charging, and thus shut off without causing harm, but the MiSi charger is not sophisticated, it mere converts wall power to 9v DC that you can use in a 1/4" jack, and the 'protection' is YOU, in that you know not to charge too long.
    Just the FAQs __________Less > more.__________Serenity now, insanity later.

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