Hello Harmonica Lovers!
I’m going to be talking about vintage microphones and custom painted vintage microphones and some of the top harmon ica players in the world that own them and use them. I’ll show you pictures an examples of different types of vintage harmonica microphones that famous harmonica player use even today. Vintage microphones have a special sound and tone that a lot of professional harmonica players use in their shows. A lot of custom designers are building vintage using the shell of the microphone and upgrading the inside of the microphone to get a better sound and tone from it.
Harp players have traditionally used bullet-shaped mics generally built by Shure Brothers and Astatic. Commonly called “Bullet Mics” these are known primarily by their round cue-ball size and metal construction they look cool and sound great!
Shure Brothers started manufacturing these elements in 1949′ and the last one’s were produced in the late 1990’s. These elements produce the best sounding harp mics for the shells. I find vintage Astatic JT-30, Astatic W-30, Astatic Brown Bullet, Shure 520 Green Bullet, Shure 540 Green Bullet, Shure 540DX, Electro voice EV605, Electro voice EV 630, Turner BX, Blues Blaster, and other vintage bullet microphones for my rebuilt harp mics. All of them are carefully brought back to life. Sometimes I leave the exterior alone sometimes I sandblast and powder coat them but there’s always the potential for imperfections (Simple MICS) – James custom vintage microphone builder.
Hook any of these vintage harp mics to your favorite harp amp and you’ll have an entirely new tone. Coupled with a good harmonica amplifier, these custom harp mics will bring out subtle tonal qualities in your harmonica playing you just never knew you had or heard before.
Here’s some pictures an examples of vintage harmonica microphones below.
Have you ever seen a Vintage Microphone?
Have you ever seen a Custom painted Vintage Microphone?
Have you ever owned a Vintage Microphone?
Have you ever played harmonica through a Vintage Microphone?
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