Schatten BM-1 Series For Bouzouki, Mandola, Fixed Bridge Mandolins


          Stick-On Pickup Attaches To The Existing Bridge don't have to change the bridge on your instrument in order to get a good sounding pickup.

Simple - The new BM-1 Series of pickups was designed with a lengthened sensor element to enable it work properly on the bridges of Bouzouki's, Mandola's, fixed non-adjustable Mandolins and Citterns that traditionally have a wider string spacing format than a standard mandolin. This series of pickups allows you to add a pickup system to your instrument without having to change the bridge or modify anything . Featuring our new MVC jack assemblies (which simply attach to the underside of the existing tailpiece), the BM-1's offer a real alternative to pickups that require bridge replacement.

Secure - The MVC jack assemblies give you a much more secure and reliable mounting for an output jack assembly than anything that clamps to the side of the instrument. The jack assembly, which nestles in right next to the tail piece, is only a half an inch high and mounts to the tailpiece (not to the body).



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BM-1 Series Pickups For Bouzouki, Mandola, Mandolin In Stock Price Quantity
BM-1 Std (passive) with MVC Jack Assembly Yes $154.95
BM-1 Pro (passive) w/ MVCplus Jack Assembly and volume control Yes $174.95
Accessories for the BM-1 Series
Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $69.95

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     The BM-1 sensor is small and light in weight. 1/4" high by 2 1/4" in length and will not affect the acoustic sound of the instrument. It will work on virtually all of these instrument's bridges, adjustable or fixed, and only requires a small flat area on the bridge face for the sensor to adhere to.

Ease of installation, the pickup adheres to the bridge with VHB foam tape.
The jack assembly, available with or without a volume control simply adheres to the underside of the tailpiece.

Clean, clear sound reproduction.
  This pickup has been designed to operate properly and sound terrific without the use of a preamp when plugged into any 'normal' amp (guitar amp, bass amp, etc.). As with any pickup, the sound can be further enhanced with an outboard preamp. If you require the added ability to be able to plug directly into a P.A. or mixer then you may wish to add either one of our new Mini Pre belt clipable preamps or one of our Preamp/DI units to your pickup system.





BM-1 Std with MVC Jack Assembly




BM-1 Pro with MVCplus Jack Assembly with volume control








     More About The Jacks: The MVC jack assemblies, with our exclusive tailpiece mounting, is much more secure and less likely to damage an instrument than the older 'clamp-on' type of jack assembly. The underside of the jack assembly has a protective felt backing so as not to scratch the surface of the instrument.

    An exploded view of the jack mounting illustrates how the jack assembly attaches to the underside of the the tailpiece with 3M VHB foam tape.

View Installation Instructions:   BM-1 Std, BM-1 Pro pdf




Got my BM-1 the other day. It sounds GREAT!

  Just thought I'd share my (jack) mounting situation with you. I have a tailpiece that looks like a scallop shell. I was concerned that there wouldn't be enough flat surface under there for the VHB tape to stick to so I simply ground it down a bit to get more surface area. It worked great.....the hold seems very strong.   

All in all, I'm very pleased...... it sounds just like my mandolin, only louder.

Ben Ereddia










About Pickups and Amplification


Passive Pickup - A piezo pickup.

Impedance - To simplify things as much as posssible we'll say that impedance refers to the range in which an amplifying device can 'hear' a pickup plugged into it.

Preamp - A device specifically designed for use with piezo pickups that increases the signal strength and lowers the impedance of a passive pickup.

Active Pickup - A piezo pickup with an attached preamp.

Microphone Preamp - a device that may be built into and mixers that is designed to work with microphones. These units will not generally work with passive pickups.

'Normal' Electric Guitar Amps: A passive pickup has an impedance of approximately 2 mega ohms (2 million ohms) which virtually all 'normal' electric guitar amps can generally handle without issue.

 'Acoustic' Amps: may or may not require the use of a preamp with a pickup and that will depend upon whether or not there is a special built in preamp section to that amp that specifically allows for the choice in plugging in either a passive (non-preamped) or active (preamped) pickup. This choice is quite often in the form of pushbutton on the amp's control panel. Many acoustic amps show a selection that may indicate the choice of 'high impedance' and 'low impedance'.

Low impedance in these instances usually indicates that in this range the amp will handle an impedance of 1000 ohms or less - which will allow active pickups with preamps to be used.

High impedance in these instances may indicate an allowable impedance into the 2 or 3 mega ohm range - which will allow passive pickups to be used. Or it may indicate a maximum input impedance allowed of  20,000 ohms or less - which will handle magnetic electric guitar pickups but not passive pickups. You should carefully read the technical specifications of your acoustic amp in order to see what it will do.

P.A. Systems, Mixers: all of these units will require the use of a preamp between themselves and a passive pickup. Microphone preamps built into P.A.'s and mixers are not designed for use with passive pickups and will not work properly.

Computers: Due to the vagaries and variables inherent in the sound cards found in computers, the only thing that we can advise is that a preamp will almost certainly be necessary.