Schatten CH-1 Celtic Harp Pickup


New CH-1 Pickup For Smaller Harps

      The new CH-1 is designed for use on smaller bodied Celtic harps having 28 strings or less.  It provides a very simple solution to the problem of quickly and easily adding a pickup to a harp.

     The pickup sensor simply sticks to the soundboard next to the string strip, while the output jack assembly has a clip on its' back that allows it to easily clip to the edge of any sound port of the back of the harp.

     Up to 18 inches of the lead wire from the pickup sensor to the output jack stores right inside the jack assembly box - which keeps everything neat and tidy.

     The CH-1 can easily be moved from one harp to another - so one pickup can be used on more than one harp. 

    The CH-1 is a passive pickup. It will work properly going straight into most normal electric guitar or bass  amplifiers. If you are going to go directly into a P.A. system, a preamp such as our Mini Pre acoustic preamp will be needed. This will allow you to use this pickup to its full potential no matter what you are plugging into - any type of amp or any PA system.

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CH-1 Small Harp Pickup In Stock Price Quantity
CH-1 Yes $119.95
 Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $69.95

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      The CH-1 pickup system comes complete and ready to install. Installation of the pickup sensor is quite simple, as the unit adheres to the soundboard with our special mounting putty. The mounting of the output jack is equally easy as our new output jack assembly simply clips safely and securely to virtually any sound port opening.









The CH-1 is small and light in weight.

Up to 18 inches of the sensor cable can be stored inside the jack assembly.



A clip on the back of the jack assembly allows it to be securely attached to the back of the harp.











     The pickup sensor is designed to be installed approximately one-third of the way up from the bass end of the soundboard.

       The transducer unit attaches to the soundboard with our special supplied putty. This putty provides a solid and secure mounting for the pickup but still allows for quick and easy removal of the system.

     Total installation time is normally a couple of minutes at the most. It's that easy.


View the CH-1 Installation Instructions (pdf)


About Pickups & Amps


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.