Ultra High Performance 4, 5 & 6 String
Acoustic and Electric Cello Pickup/Bridges
featuring 2 transducers for each string.
Barbera Multi-Transducer Cello Pickup Bridge is a unique, high
performance pickup system. Barbera Cello pickups feature
two, dual piezo transducers for each string. The sensors are mounted within
a precision fabricated maple graft which is integrated into the bridge
beneath the strings.Barbera Cello Bridges are relied upon by various makers of custom electric cellos for the
tone and power they deliver. They function equally well on electric cellos
or traditional, acoustic instruments. The bridges are made custom to match each instruments
The system senses from
three perspectives simultaneously. Each strings vertical and horizontal
vibrations are sensed individually, as well as the overall lateral twisting
motion of the bridge (on acoustic style bridges). Vertical sensitivity
to each string provides clarity, balance and sustain for pizzicato. Horizontal
sensitivity to each string provides for precise articulation of attack
for pizzicato and a rich, natural arco response which is dynamically in
balance with the pizzicato. Sensitivity to lateral-twisting bridge motion,
provides depth and tonal interaction with the
instrument top. This multi-dimensional sensitivity provides
exceptional clarity, tone and power of projection.
for Cello are not mass produced. They are custom made for each instrument.
In the process of their being crafted, each bridge receives considerable
individual attention. Performance characteristics of the Cello pickups
are carefully brought out and optimized, through a voicing process similar
in some respects to the way a luthier develops a musical instruments voice.
On an Acoustic Cello the output
jack mounts on the tailpiece.
Some advantages of an integrated into the bridge,
all maple pickup system include:
All maple construction provides integrated
tonal compatibility with the bridge and the instrument.
fast, dynamic responsiveness in arco and
Warm, open quality of sound with incredible
clarity and focused power which projects a clear, focused tone
even in the most difficult musical situations.
Balanced response across the strings.
Non-microphonic sensitivity*. This provides
a natural, high resistance to feedback without fingerboard noise
or distant ringy edge to the sound, and without sound bleed from
drums or other nearby noise sources.
is a focused, selective coupling to the energy source which rejects
undesirable noise and provides a clean, clear signal. On the other
hand, Microphonic sensitivity, as occurs in surface contact transducers,
is an unfocused, nonselective, surface contact type of sensitivity,
which includes undesirable noise such as body noise, finger noise
etc. in the signal to be amplified.)
No hardware clamped, stuck or wedged into
or under the bridge.
Clean, uncluttered appearance on the instrument.
High gain, passive output.
Multi dimensional reproduction of the instruments
sound, with full, clear fundamental and overtone response at flat
New, custom Cello pickups can be made
from tracing the existing fitted bridge. Installation is a matter of minutes.
Video of David Darling playing with Barbera Cello Bridge on Acoustic Cello
Extra low height solid model bridge for Electric Cello.
This low height bridge format allows
for alternative instrument designs with a lower fingerboard and neck angle.
traditional style bridge also is used on a solid body electric cello,
where a traditional height bridge will fit.