Those Fiddle Bugs

DeArmond Violin Pick-Ups
 

How many of you remember those fiddle bugs that many of our Missouri fiddlers used to tote around in their cases?  Taylor McBaine of Columbia used one whenever he played out.  Although the device came with a bracket for mounting to the tailpiece, most fiddlers (Taylor among them) attached them to the back by means of stretching a rubber across the lower bouts of the fiddle.  Plugged into a tube guitar amp these things are RAW!
Bugs" were made by DeArmond Rowe, a company that produced a broad range of electronic pick-ups for the stringed instruments in the early days of this technology.  Included here is a  photo of a "bug" along with packaging and product information that came with it.
 

 

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