I like the fact that they sound phenomenal, plus you can swap it between basses easily (using one pickup for 3 basses helps offset the expensive price). Should be a very good setup and I will post the results after some use.
Just like the original Balsereit Pickup, the pickup is conic and you can physically turn the pickup to get the most accurate sound out of your bass. Here are some clips that I found online at the GEBA Online site of someone who recorded a demonstration of the original Balsereit and the new Studio version.
Each repetition played is the pickup at different positions. The idea of tune-ability is that some positions sound great, some okay, while others are downright awful. While listening, keep this in mind.
Thank goodness for Google Translate. Here is a translation of the Balsereit technical overview:
The fully balanced development of the BassBalserite Aktiv.
Typical applications: Professionals, studio recordings, small and large stages.
- Extremely microphone-like, natural sound
- Delicate, balanced sound image of the instrument
- Sophisticated tone
- Fat basses
- Signal / noise ratio is less than -100 dB
- Operation only with balanced inputs with phantom power
- Output level of about 0 dB
The BassBalsereit Studio costs about $650 including shipping to the United States. Thomann carries these in stock.