The STAT Series of contact microphones has been specially designed to bring out the best sound qualities of bowed stringed instruments in louder musical environments, or in performance situations involving high levels of amplification.
Stephan Schertler’s original bridge-mounted STAT-B is a simple system that effectively reproduces the complex tone of the double bass and also works with any bass amplifier. STAT-B is remarkable for its high resistance to feedback, making it an ideal system for amplified rock, jazz or fusion performances.
The standard STAT-B SET includes pickup, cable and battery-powered STAT-PRE preamp with volume control.
|Nominal impedance||1.6 Kohm|
|Frequency Response||20 Hz to 12 kHz|
|Dynamic range||75 dB|
|Sensitivity (on instrument)||ca. -25 dB|
|Temperature range||-10° C to +50° C|
|Connection||Chinch (RCA) to 1/4" jack|
|Weight||0.16 kg (0.34lb)|
|Dimensions||10.3x5.5x2.5cm (4.0x2.16x0.98 in)|
|Frequency Response||40 Hz to 20 kHz|
|Nominal output level||0 dBu|
|Maximum output level||8 dB|
|Maximum gain||18 dB|
|Maximum input level||0 dBu|
|Signal to noise ratio||93 dB|
|THD||<0.06% @ -10 dBu|
|Output impedance||190 ohm|
|Supply||9V alkaline battery|
How it's made - Stat-B
All STATs are made with cork, which is sanded to the shape of the instrument’s bridge in order to accommodate the pickup. This photo shows the cork being grinded (in this case for the double bass STAT-B pickup) to achieve a perfect surface where it touches the condenser transducer element.
"All pickup products and preamps are manufactured in Mendrisio, Switzerland. Most of the components are produced in our in-house workshop facilities where we have two CNC tooling machines, turning lathes and milling machines, a laser cutter, pneumatic presses, casting devices and obviously a well equipped electronic laboratory."