Schatten Mini Pre

Schatten Mini Pre

Schatten Mini Pre

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Schatten Mini Pre

About This Item

When a simple acoustic preamp is all you need.

"When you're on stage there's a limit to the amount of stuff that you really want to have to deal with. So we gave the Mini Pre a volume control, and that's it."
—Les Schatten

"A nice simple preamp for testing acoustic pickups in my shop."
—Erick Coleman, repairman and StewMac tech advisor

Keep it simple. If a basic impedance matching and signal-boosting preamp is all you need for your acoustic pickup—you're adjusting tone at your amp or soundboard—the economical Mini Pre is a great choice. It's compact, includes a handy belt clip, standard 1/4" jacks, and a simple one-knob gain control. The preset flat response keeps your sound clean and uncolored. The Mini Pre accepts all piezo and magnetic pickups. 9-volt battery required.

The Mini Pre's internal trim pot can be adjusted to change the input gain if needed for very weak pickups, or to eliminate distortion. Instructions included.

Plug a 1/4" instrument cable from the Mini Pre's output to your amp or PA. To conserve battery life, the preamp is activated only when a plug is inserted in the output jack.

Specifications:
Input impedance: 10 meg ohms
Output Impedance: Less than 3.5K ohms
Input gain: 0 to 20db
Battery life: 1500 hours (9-volt alkaline)

Do not use rechargeable batteries.

Enclosure size: Approximately 2-1/4" x 1" x 3-3/8" (57mm x 27mm x 86mm). Made of rugged gig-worthy ABS plastic.

Simple belt-clip assembly required.


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5.0

Example of "Excellence in a Small Package"

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Verified Buyer


When I first received and tested this pre-amp, I was disappointed it didn't seem to work well enough. I got this to interface between my Fender Jazzmaster and a new 15W Marshall Kilburn portable amp, but the volume was just too low. In desperation, I read the enclosed setup instructions and adjusted the Input Gain Trim Pot as recommended. WOW, What a difference! This really sounds Great now, and it is loud enough I have to back off on the volume some. There is no static or distortion..., just super clean tones from a system I can play for hours on just the batteries. The only thing I can think of to make this pre-amp even better would be a power switch with an 'activity monitor' that would automatically turn it off after 15~20 minutes of inactivity (I really don't like having to unplug the Output Jack to turn it off). Even considering the power management on the provided pre-amp, I would still like to give Schatten Ten Stars for this Great piece of gear. Thanks!

4.0

Good lower cost alternative

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Verified Buyer


It's a good basic 9V outboard preamp and easy to set up if you need to readjust gain level from the factory setting. Any passive pickup with a 1/4" jack works - you get one gain control - simple - do all your tone shaping at the mixer or the amp.

4.0

Schatten Pre-amp still in its trial period

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Verified Buyer


Like Jim Morrison said, I guess I like it fine, so far. With the Schatten pre-amp the volume for my vintage Augustino AR-38 with under-saddle pick-up is boosted sufficiently to hear over the PA so long as the band plays at a reduced volume. That's adequate but not ideal. (Actually, it's kind of nice sometimes ...) I think I need more information on how pre-amps and direct boxes interact with the PA system. I may need to upgrade my pick-up, too. So, overall, the Schatten pre-amp is functioning as advertised. Thanks.

5.0

Great service!

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Verified Buyer


Great service!

4.0

Good Enough

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Verified Buyer


I am using this with a Fishman under-saddle pickup on my recently finished StewMac Dreadnought. It feeds a Fender Mustang II and I am delighted with the sound. It would get 5 stars if it had a power switch.

5.0

Simple and dependable

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Verified Buyer


It works very well, and I am absolutely satisfied with it. I have a number acoustic instruments - a Kala Ukelele Bass with a passive pick-up that required a very high amp setting, and a Dean M sound hole pick-up for an acoustic guitar, a piezo pick-up in a cigar-box 3-string guitar, and so on. I have fewer feed-back issues with it than I did before, and I have a lot more amplifier volume potential now. This little pre-amp does the job of increasing signal, while decreasing noise. It has been used by others who needed it 'last second', with out any hitches. I will even be trying it with my home-made stomp boxes. It is simple to use; plug in, set it in the middle of the range, 'fire it all up', and fine tune it from there. I'd buy another one in a minute. Seems to be of a quality that should last years.

4.0

simple but good

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Verified Buyer


I used this with 2 Schatten transducers linked to one jack on a celtic harp. The result is good especially after boosting the gain with the tiny potentiometer inside, near the battery. We are happy.

 


StewMac PDF Catalog, page 115 See Schatten Mini Pre
on page 115 of our StewMac Digital Catalog