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Repair: DeArmond 2000 Pickup

This is one of the new DeArmond 2000 pickups I was requested if there is anything I could do to make it sound better (more like the original). I think he assumed that since it looked like the old Dynasonic that it was a reissue and would sound something like one. Here are some pictures as I dissected it. From the pictures it is clear why this sounds nothing like the original, for comparison here is a

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Looks like a Dynasonic

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Oops where are the pistons

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With the base removed you can see the 2 bar magnets

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Plastic spacer the magnets sat on also removed

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Final brass spacer removed shows steel rods

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