[Harp-L] Re: Harp-L Digest, Vol 153, Issue 2

Richard Hammersley rhhammersley@xxxxx
Mon May 2 06:29:05 EDT 2016

I mainly use a Suzuki harmonic mic - which is another tiny tie-clip job. 

It costs a lot more than $10 (although I think I got it on sale half price so I didn’t spend $180 on it).  it provides a very clean and hiss free sound. It has a finger clip and I can play it inside the hand cup for cupped effects, and outside the cup to pick up hand wah etc effects. Plus I find it much less tiring to hold than heavier mics. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it has a very long and very thin wire that I would not run across a stage. But live I plug it into a line 6 pod by my side, so this is not a problem. When I got it about 12 years ago I was worried it would turn out to be flimsy, but it has stood up well.

> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 13:45:55 -0700
> From: Sheltraw <macaroni9999 at gmail.com>
> Subject: Re: [Harp-L] Chromatic mic
> To: Vern <jevern at fea.net>
> Cc: Harp-L Harp L <harp-l at harp-l.com>
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> Hi Vern
> How would you describe the difference between the sound of your setup and a SM58?
> So if these rather inexpensive and light weight systems work well for playing the chromatic clean then why does anybody go for the bulky and more costly system?
> Cheers
> Daniel
> Sent from my iPhone
>> On May 1, 2016, at 11:16 AM, Vern <jevern at fea.net> wrote:
>> I use a Radio Shack 33-3013 Tie-clip/peanut/electret mic.  It has a clean response and is so tiny that you can completely enclose it in your hand where it is completely responsive to cupping effects.  The 1/8” cable exits your cup between your fingers. It uses a button battery that lasts for many hours IF you remember to turn it off. It needs some adapters to go from 1/8” plug to 1/4” plug or XLR.  I understand that Radio Shack may have discontinued it but it is available on ebay for as little as $10.
>> I suggest that you try it.  I think that you will like it.  If you don’t, you have most of your budget still available for a more traditional mic.
>> Vern

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