In this article Stirling states that she used to use the L.R. Baggs pickup: "My first electric violin was a cheap Yamaha - it was terrible! I eventually purchased an acoustic Roth violin, which I LOVE, and started using an LR Baggs pickup. Honestly, I feel like the amplified acoustic violins get the better sound."more
In [this interview](http://www.lrbaggs.com/artists/sean-mackin-yellowcard), Sean Mackin of Yellowcard says, “I have been so lucky to play amazing instruments all throughout my career. But I think I have always searched for a live sound that mimics the violins natural warmth and clarity. **The LR Baggs violin pickup gives me the sound I have been looking for. It has a huge dynamic range without sacrificing any tone.** It is full bodied and rich when I want it to be, and has the versatility of an electric violin if I want to effect the signal. This pickup is the total package.”more
This is my first pick-up for my fiddle. I went back and forth between purchasing an acoustic/electric fiddle or just purchasing a pick-up. I ended up subscribing to the pickup test http://thepickuptest.com and did a lot of research before purchasing this pick-up. I purchased it off of my fiddle teacher. She prefers to play gigs with just a microphone. If you are looking for the "true" bluegrass sound playing directly into a mic is the way to go. I still wanted a pickup to experiment with looping, recording, and playing in loud environments. Overall, I am very happy with the quality and Darol Anger (fiddle professor at Berklee School of Music) also recommended it on artistworks.com. Lindsey Stirling uses this pick-up too so it must be good!