I have a mic called the Green Bullet but it’s heavy and cumbersome and gets in the way of playing. Looking around online there are so many options. Some looked simple enough to hack together and so I was inspired to create my own harmonica microphone.
So after a trip to Maplin, I spent the evening building one.
The parts I used were a Mono Jack, a random piece of plastic tube (after I realized a drinks bottle was not going to work easily), a 10 kohm (Log) Potentiometer, some black and red wire, the cap off a WD40 can (drilled with holes), the smaller cap off a bottle of pop, a rubberized knob and a Dynamique microphone capsule.
All these parts came to less than £9.50 but of course you need some basic tools and a soldering iron.
My soldering skills are certainly not what they used to be but after a couple of hours I had it sussed.
The mic not only works, but it sounds great. I’m looking forward to getting re-inspired and playing a little more. Next week I am meeting with Steve Lockwood whom I am sure will show me some new tips and techniques.
Should anyone else what to make a mic like this, here is the wiring diagram..
And here is what it sounds like..
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