Comments from some recent
"I have been a professional performance audio since 1986
and am the founding partner of Our Master's Voice Audio. We design
and install professional performance audio systems primarily
in contemporary worship churches. I have used a wide range of
high end microphones and BB pickups on grand pianos for years,
with customer pleasing results, but as for achieving the results
that I would find personally acceptable I was always wanting
more. Our company recently finished the 24kW system in my home
church the Chippewa Evangelical Free Church where the worship
is of a contemporary nature. Last year at the NAMM show we were
talking to some of the gurus of the 88's and learned that the
Helpinstill product was available again. Today we received and
installed our Model 180. In my near 20 years in pro audio, I
can not remember being so impressed with the performance of a
product! This pickup is like having 88 microphones on the grand
and not having any comb filtering or phase issues. Every string
exhibits the same energy. The house system has 10kW on the aux
driven subs and the low strings were just so rich and full you
could feel the piano engulf the room. Traditionally the piano
has been such an integral part of Worship and remains so today
even in the contemporary worship service. Now more than ever
this acoustic instrument needs reinforcement and piano isolation
to mix well with the other instruments both acoustic and amplified.
With the Helpinstill pickup you can bring the "Grand"
instrument to the place in the mix that it has rightfully earned
and do it with ease and confidence that you are amplifying the
natural timber of one of the finest instruments and can do so
without risk of feedback of any kind.
Thank You for such a wonderful product, you can rest assured
that I will recommend to all of our audio customers that the
installation of a Helpinstill piano pickup is a very worthwhile
Perry R. Gibson
Our Master's Voice Audio
"I am the technical director and senior audio engineer at
Coeur d' Alene Bible Church in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho, located
about 20 miles east of Spokane, Washington. We worship in a 2.5
year old facility that seats nearly 1000. A uniqueness of our
building is that it was designed for sound and lighting FIRST
and then for aesthetics. The sound system is based around Yamaha's
DM2000 digital mixing console. Each worship service is multi-track
recorded using an Alesis HD24 through a fiber optic connection
from the DM2000. I was not satisfied with the piano recording
track when trying to utilize microphones under the piano lid.
Also, there was an older generation of members who disapproved
of the "unnatural" re-enforced sound of the former
mic setup. The Helpinstill system has made a huge improvement
in our "live" sound as well as our recorded sound.
The mic pickup is so natural sounding that most people are not
aware that it is even being re-enforced! They think that I simply
removed the mic's. True but only half the story! I would highly
recommend the Helpinstill System for use in church music."
Coeur d' Alene Bible Church
Coeur d' Alene, Idaho
"The pickup arrived the afternoon
of our biggest show of the semester. Even though we had finished
3 days of rehearsals with mics and the Barcus Berry, as soon
as I set it up and tried your pickup I switched it out and used
it for the show. It sounded every bit a good as I remembered
from years ago. Please look for another check to arrive shortly
for three more systems for our other smaller recital halls.Again,
thanks for all your help, and I will certainly talk up the pickup
to all the touring acts and engineers who pass through the Berklee
Performance Center, as well as all our engineering and production
staff here at the college."
Berklee College of Music
"Today, I was able to install the pickup I ordered about
11 days ago on the grand piano in our church. The sound was incredible.
The pastor kept bringing people out from the offices to hear
the piano. He was so excited. Everyone was quite impressed. There
are a few composers and quite a number of accomplished pianists
in this church. They all took turns trying it out. Each one loved
it. Needless to say, your product was a big hit!"
Rolling Hills IL
"I ordered a Model 120 pickup from
you about 3 weeks ago for Second Baptist Church in Arkadelphia,
AR. I would like to order another one! I am the technical director
for the Jones Performing Arts Center at Ouachita Baptist University
and we have a 9 foot Baldwin that I tested the pickup in. I was
thoroughly impressed, excited and pleased!"
"Just to let you know, our church,
Maple Valley Presbyterian in suburban Seattle, has been receiving
several requests for references every month on the model 120
pick-up. I love the device and am happy to give my review."
Received the Model 120 pickup today...love
Our Kawai baby grand sounds like a new instrument.
And the sound is fuller with no feedback
Christ Community Church
St. Charles, IL