[Harp-L] Re: Les Thompson
Tom Ball writes: Just found a great old clip of Les Thompson on chromatic:
2. Odd-looking mic attached. Any guesses?
Tom, remarkable performance... I'd kill to be able to play a chrom like
At around 1:17 you can kinda/sorta see the mic, it appears to be an Astatic
Model 30. That mic has been dubbed the 'Brown Biscuit', allegedly by
Little Walter. These definitely were popular with some chromatic players back
then... along with many of the blues guys. Not clear enough to tell how
it's attached, but can see it isn't hand held. Not many people were modding
mic's then so it's probably the original crystal element inside, but
perhaps not. That shell will also accommodate a CM or CR element but I like it
better with a crystal. Not to be confused with the OTHER Astatic Model 30,
which has a JT-30 like bullet style shell. I have a few of both types on
my shop shelves.
My free Harp Mic Buyers Guide has a bit more info on both the Astatic
Model 30's + lot's more. Recently revised and free for the asking at my
website (below), just mouse over the 'Harp Mic's' tab.
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