[Harp-L] Microphones for Harmonica playing

Vern jevern@xxxxx
Sat May 29 14:35:16 EDT 2021

An inexpensive (about $20) electret lapel mic will work well.  Because of its tiny size, it can be completely enclosed within your hands without interfering with your cupping actions.

See:    https://www.google.com/shopping/product/r/US/17188487007053887973?prds=oid:4542662827523190969,eto:4542662827523190969_0,epd:4542662827523190969,rsk:PC_6068720236383297747&q=lapel+microphone&rss=ChZQQ182MDY4NzIwMjM2MzgzMjk3NzQ3&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiwsue6vu_wAhWzDwoDHVEQBIoQsJMFegQIARBi&tbm=shop

Many much-more-expensive harmonica mics use electret elements in some kind of simple enclosure.
Electret elements produce a hi-fidelity signal without characteristic distortion. I use mine with an amp or mixer having equalizer and reverb adjustments.
Electrets require a battery to power an internal transistor.  The battery lasts a very long time if you remember to turn it off.
Do not buy an electret mic that does not have a battery pack and an on/off switch.  These will only work on a computer or device that supplies the voltage.

Give it a try.  If you don’t like it, you are only out $20 and you still have a lavaliere mic. 


> On May 28, 2021, at 7:18 AM, captron100--- via Harp-L <harp-l at xxxxx> wrote:
> Connie Estep <esteplectricco at xxxxx> wrote: I'm looking for a microphone to use with a 10-hole harp. Any recommendations would be welcome!
> Connie, I suggest that you check out this link from one of the most expert and informative harmonica related authorities on the planet -  Pat Missin.  When on this site, be sure to click the main index link for a look at all the info that is offered - https://www.patmissin.com/ffaq/q33.htmlron 

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