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I'm about to connect a pickup to my bass clarinet. I already have it connected to a soprano clarinet barrel but want to connect it to the bass too. There are a couple of questions.

1. How does a pickup like this work? I think it's like a contact mic, and somehow captures the sound from the bore? Yes? No?

2. Does it matter where in the length of the air column the pickup is located? I guess if it's further down from an open tone hole it won't capture as good?

3. If it does matter, where would you say is best to connect it? Someone suggested the body might better but they didn't really know, just guessed. Also because it is further away from the mouthpiece which might cause some noises. I rather connect it to the neck because I have a spare though a body hole can be repaired pretty easily. On the neck, I'm wondering if too close to the register tube can create some noises?

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If it's a contact mic it will pick up noise from keys etc. I use a pickup built into a spare mouthpiece. Works great.
 
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