Schatten D-4 Std - Appalachian Dulcimer Pickup


Simple and Easy Installation


D-4 Std

     The D-4 Std model dulcimer pickup is now available. It is an outstanding pickup that combines great sound with simple and quick installation......and best of all, for most installations you don't have to modify a thing on your dulcimer as no holes have to be drilled and no screws are used.

     The D-4 Std Dulcimer pickup mounts to the soundboard of any shape of dulcimer with a little bit of our special non-marring putty. A thin layer of the putty applied to the underside of the pickup attaches the piezo unit securely to the top of the instrument. The putty will not dry out and will not leave any residue on the instrument.

     The D-4 Std comes complete with a simple 1/4" output jack assembly and is fully wired and ready to use. For most installations, the jack assembly can be mounted to the end block of the dulcimer with the supplied 3M VHB foam mounting tape so no holes need be drilled in the instrument. For permanent installations, the jack assembly may be affixed to the end block of the isntrument with 2 small supplied wood screws.



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D-4 Std Dulcimer Pickup In Stock Price Quantity
D-4 Std Dulcimer Pickup with jack assembly Yes $144.95
Accessories for D-4 Std's
Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $69.95

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     The photo to the right shows the mounting of the piezo unit on the soundboard. On our particular instrument, the piezo unit just happens to partially cover one of the 'f' holes. The pickup mounting location on most instruments is approximately even with one of the last frets of the instrument. The piezo unit does not necessarily have to be near or over an 'f' hole or sound hole.

     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 our Mini Pre belt clipable preamp to your pickup system.


     The D-3 Std. Player's jack assembly shown mounted to the end block with the provided 3M VHB foam tape. Screw holes are provided through the jack body should one really want to screw the jack assembly to the instrument - which is not necessary in most installations.


View Installation Instructions:D-4 Std pdf






















About Pickups, Preamps, 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.