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RMC Poly-Drive II modification

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Uploaded on Apr 25, 2011

When Blackbird built my Rider with RMC pickups, I spec'd a custom connector (I did not like the stock RMC bayonet). When I obtained an RMC pre-amp some months later (I use it both to interface with a DSP synth and to balance mono out for simpler purposes), I faced a choice: do I leave the stock connector at that end of the cable, or not? I opted for not. ;-)

Richard at RMC has been patient and helpful with solid advice based on a lifetime of experience, and I understand why he continues to use the bayonet -- for now. Based on my experience with this push-pull type of connector, however (from Neutrik), I wish I could evangelize far and wide to urge its adoption as a standard for multi-pin instruments. This connector has a 12 pin cousin that would be even more versatile.

The Neutrik connector is not quite a drop-in replacement for the stock jack. If anyone's interested in doing this (be aware of warranty implications), I'll support any discussion here: http://macnichol.com/forum-post/3823

I can't say enough about the RMC system. I've begun to see it more and more often in use by favorite artists, and I'm really thankful to have a complete system of my own. As I like to put it, RMC pickups reward good playing with extraordinary sound, and punish bad technique by exposing it with perfect fidelity. For a relatively new guitar player like me, that's both excellent in performance and very helpful in practice.

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