New  - Schatten HD-4 Hammered Dulcimer Pickup


          Featuring Twin sensors and a neat little jack assembly



     New smaller and thinner sensors fit easily under the strings of most hammered dulcimers. The sensors adhere to the soundboard with the supplied double sided tape.

    The jack assembly (which can store any excess lead wire from the sensors) mounts securely to the front of the instrument with 3M VHB tape. 



     Mono or Stereo

An internal selector switch within the jack box allows you to choose between mono or stereo output.

      Each sensor contains a large format piezo element. They work in tandem across the two quadrents of the soundboard to enhance sound quality.


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HD-4 Hammered Dulcimer Pickup In Stock Price Quantity
HD-4 Pickup Yes $199.95
Accessories for the HD-4's
Schatten Mini Pre Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $69.95
Schatten Mini Pre 2 Acoustic Instrument Preamp more Yes $99.95

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     Each HD-4 sensor has 18 inches of shielded cable. The Jack Box has a standard size 1/4" output jack.

     Dimensions: HD-4 sensor - Length 1.7" (43mm) x Width 1.3" (34mm) x Height 032" (8mm)

                      HD-4 jack box - Length 2" (50mm) x Width 1.4" (35mm) x Height 0.80" (20mm) 

Clean, clear sound reproduction.
     The HD-4 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 our Mini Pre single channel preamp or our Mini Pre 2 two channel preamp (if you want a stereo signal out).

     Note that the Mini Pre 2 can be used as a mono preamp or a stereo preamp. So if you're not sure what you might want for a preamp, the Mini Pre 2 will cover all bases. 














     A photo of the inside of the HD-4 jack assembly shows the mono / stereo micro switch slider highlighted in red. This selector allows you to choose between mono output (both sensors feeding out as one signal to a single amplification channel) or stereo output (each sensor feeding out as separate signals to two different amplification channels).

      Any excess wire between the pickup sensors and the mounted jack box can be stored within the jack box by simply pushing the wire in through the grommets on the end of the box.

View Installation Instructions: HD-4 pdf

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.