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Aug 11, 2019 - 9:15:50 AM
18 posts since 4/18/2008

im planning on buying a di/preamp for my banjo and mando.its come down to either the fishman platinum pro or the lr baggs venue di.anyone have any thoughts on these. cheers

Aug 11, 2019 - 12:46:59 PM



190 posts since 11/26/2007

I have used the lr Baggs di’s and they do a pretty good job. I was very very impressed with the grace designs preamps and switched to them a bout a year ago.

The ‘bix’ cost the same as the the lr baggs and has superior sound, in my experience.

I do not know the technical aspects of why the grace sounds better but there was a noticeable upgrade through the grace designs preamp; the tone seems dry and hollow, less ‘electric’ sounding than with the lr baggs.

Obviously you’re still Not going to the banjo to sound as good as it will through a mic.

Aug 12, 2019 - 12:24:36 PM

18 posts since 4/18/2008

hi paul,thanks for your reply ,ive just spent a couple of hours checking out the grace bix after your recomendation.i quite like the simplicity of it as compared to the baggs and fishman. im going to fit a pickup first and see how it goes but the received wisdom seems to use a preamp as well.ill more than likely fit the fishman rare earth,regards.phil

Aug 14, 2019 - 12:38:22 AM

133 posts since 9/24/2014

Another vote for the Grace Designs gear. I have used a Felix for the past three years, and find it to be a great preamp, and indispensable gigging tool. Nothing comes close.

Oct 20, 2019 - 9:44:29 AM

30 posts since 6/18/2017

I have a venue. I use it for banjo, mando, sometimes guitar.

The built in tuner is, almost worthless, imho.

However...i love it being on the floor, easy to read pots, boost, and mute, feedback notch.

I chose it because some of my instruments pick ups have no controls. Sometimes, the guy at the board is asleep, or, you dont have one.

Its great to retain some control and especially muting options.


ive heard the fishmans are great, and others.

Imho, its a much better option than the smaller cheap brown version only because of the ease of tweaking on stage, and, mute.

It can really round out and sweeten a brittle piezo sound..

Edited by - stevedenver on 10/20/2019 09:45:35

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