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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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Homemade Microphone - Housing

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by Kevin Keating Oct 23, 2019. 4 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

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

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 BrianQ. on October 22, 2019 at 4:32am

Kool, I’ve scavenged my fair share of those for their elements, once in awhile you’ll get lucky & end up with a crystal element. Japanese branded ones from the 60’s run pretty hot for a dynamic element?

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on October 22, 2019 at 2:13am

Very cool!

Comment by Kevin Keating on October 21, 2019 at 10:48pm

It ain't pretty but it works.  It's an old General Electric CB radio mic out of an old school bus.  I disabled the switch.  It has a cool distorted loudspeaker sound to it.

Comment by BrianQ. on October 3, 2019 at 7:55am

Found a cache of cans & jar lids, Xmas is coming up roses this year! Piezo mic’s & Canjo’s for all!! Gifting this handmade hoard is equally rewarding as it is building it. Especially if they’re people whom you love & admire :) happy building Ladies n Gents......

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on November 21, 2017 at 10:48am

Thanks Paul! Still fine tuning it, hoping to get a Hollybelly vocal vibe.

Comment by Paul Craig on November 21, 2017 at 9:05am

That's really nice and I bet it sounds great.

Comment by Blind Lemon Cello on November 21, 2017 at 3:50am

Canjo Mic, 1950's telephone 48v mouthpiece.

Comment by Darwin Gentry on October 2, 2017 at 8:19am
https://youtu.be/BSwtDsYQ-CY
It's a little old but thought I would share
Comment by Brian Revels on September 11, 2015 at 3:46am

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 12:59pm

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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Homemade Microphone - Housing

Started by Randy S. Bretz. Last reply by Kevin Keating Oct 23, 2019. 4 Replies

Old Telephone Bullet Mic

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

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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