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Hand built and custom microphones

thought about how i was using modern mics and effects, mainly distortion and reverb, to record with and it seemed the next step to me was hand built microphones to record with - 

 

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a few of my first mic builds

#3 / coffee can mic with suspension mount - using a 2 x 3 1/2 inch speaker as the "mic"#2 / bud light "tall boy"" beer can mic with standard mount - using a 20mm piezo as the "mic"#1 / milwaukee's best beer can mic with standard mount - using a 1 1/4 inch headphone speaker as the "mic"videos & or sound samples are on my page if you wanna check out how they sound

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Old Telephone Bullet Mic

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Blind Lemon Cello May 13, 2016. 1 Reply

Hey Guys,I know there hasn't been a lot happening in this group, but hopefully someone will chime in to answer my question...I have this old phone receiver and want to make a couple of harmonica…Continue

Homemade Microphone - Housing

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by PKB Jan 31, 2014. 3 Replies

What do most use for the mic housing, i`ve seen everything from phones, wood and cans. I use bone only because i have an unlimited amount and it`s already hollowed out. Plus it makes a killer lookin…Continue

Elements

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by PKB Oct 25, 2013. 3 Replies

Thought i would start this discussion on the different tyope of elements that can be used in a harp mic. My first one [ one so far ] i used an old rotary telephone element. Rather large at 2" round…Continue

Harmonica Mics...

Started by Isaac. Last reply by Randy S. Bretz Sep 23, 2012. 9 Replies

Hi all! I build harp mics for fun and, occasionally, to do a bit of bartering/trading with folks for other gear. Some time ago, I wrote an instructable on how to make a fully DIY bullet mic. Check it…Continue

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Comment by Brian Revels on September 11, 2015 at 10:46am

Bobby Fields It would probably be best to click the button to 'Add a Discussion' and re-post your question.  This would be better and easier for people to reply with some good info.  Also, it would allow you to post a picture of what you're trying to work with.  I think the fact it has a board you need power, but won't know til I see it. 

Comment by Bobby Fields on September 3, 2015 at 7:59pm

I just joined up and I have a lot of questions. I just tore up an old vidieo tape machine.It had a condenser mike on the side so I saved those parts,There was a little board on the inside  that was attached and I save that two.Any hints on how to make this useable? Must i have power to make it work?

Thanks

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Comment by Brian Revels on November 21, 2014 at 10:42pm

This here is one of my latest builds.  I like it better than the last. :-)

http://youtu.be/SZAmA4MJIP8

Comment by Brian Revels on November 21, 2014 at 10:41pm
Comment by Randy S. Bretz on November 6, 2014 at 4:24am

Carved Bone and Rosewood

Comment by Randy S. Bretz on November 6, 2014 at 4:23am

Carved bone and Big Leaf Maple

Comment by Brian Revels on October 27, 2014 at 7:17pm

Hey 407Bug, Yeah, I wish I could find my old Boy Scout Mouth Harp I had as a kid.

My buddy doing the talking kind of embellished on calling it a condenser.  It's actually a dynamic mic core from a mic similar to the one I posted a pic of below.  I just wired it to an 8th inch jack and glued it inside.  

I am planning another one like it soon, but out of a tall-boy Arnold Palmer can.  Thanks for the comment.

Comment by BUGGY (C) on October 27, 2014 at 8:27am
Sounds sweet how did you do the condenser bit?
Recon a harp would sound great on that.
Comment by Brian Revels on October 27, 2014 at 5:56am
Comment by Brian Revels on October 18, 2014 at 12:37pm

Just picked up this uni-directional beauty at a kids consignment for $2.50.  I can't wait to get the guts into a cooler, more respectable form (aka a beer, or Monster drink can). :-)

Wanting to do a  video of my first two mics I just finished this last week.. Will see if I have time this weekend, totally stoked!

 

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Old Telephone Bullet Mic

Started by Brian Revels. Last reply by Blind Lemon Cello May 13, 2016. 1 Reply

Homemade Microphone - Housing

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by PKB Jan 31, 2014. 3 Replies

Elements

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by PKB Oct 25, 2013. 3 Replies

Harmonica Mics...

Started by Isaac. Last reply by Randy S. Bretz Sep 23, 2012. 9 Replies

Adding Componets

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by Randy S. Bretz Sep 2, 2012. 1 Reply

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