I haven't assembled a proper YouTube video of it yet, but at least I've done the recording for a pickup shootout and drawn my initial conclusions. Conclusion: The Schertler A6 + mic is an excellent, low-hassle pickup solution that beats some top-quality alternatives. The shooters: - Miked acoustic guitar (using a Stedman N90 large dynamic that I often use for acoustic guitar) - Schertler A6 active magnetic with its attached mic - Schertler A6 active magnetic without mic - K&K Pure Mini - Dimarzio Angel passive magnetic - K&K + Angel, mixed in preamp All tracks were recorded using my 2005 Running Dog mini-jumbo, an excellent guitar. All pickups were run through a Red-Eye Twin DI. The K&K + Angel was run through both channels of the Red-Eye and mixed about 50/50 using internal gain on the Red-Eye. All tracks were normalized afterwards to limit volume differences. No eq or compression was applied (yet), but I plan to apply individual eq/compression to each track to try to get maximum performance from each. The miked recording was done for reference purposes, with the mic about a foot away from the neck, pointed toward the neck/body joint at about a 45 degree angle (my default recording spot). Notes: The Schertler + mic was the overall winner, and it wasn't very close. Great pickup. However, the mic was probably louder than the magnetic pickup part, and this might not be realistic in stage conditions, when you wind up turning down the mic for feedback reasons (I know, I've been gigging this combo for a couple of years now). For pure magnetic, the Angel was significantly better than the Schertler. This makes me think the Angel + an internal mic might be better than anything I tried. The K&K was WAY hotter than the magnetic pickups, both active and passive. It took a lot of adjustment to match gain with the Angel. The K&K sounded kind of muddy relative to the magnetics, and clearly needs some eq. I had the Red-Eye treble control halfway up; I suspect more treble would make a big difference in clarity. Still, I strongly preferred the Angel to the K&K. I was about 50/50 on Schertler vs K&K (without the mic, that is). The K&K/Angel combo wasn't as great as I'd hoped. It was better than either one by itself, but not that much better than the Angel alone. Then again, I didn't put any real effort into dialing them in. Conclusion: If you want a great-sounding, low-hassle solution for your acoustic guitar, the Schertler A6 + mic is well worth the expense and the wait to get it. It's easy to install (you don't even need to drill holes, and it tightens with thumbwheels rather than screws), and has a very good active preamp so you don't need to bring your own DI. When you factor in the cost of the kind of outboard gear required to get others sounding this good, it's a bargain.