Home Built Harp Mic

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Home Built Harp Mic

Postby dblues » Sat Mar 04, 2006 10:05 pm

When I first built it, it was without a vol pot. I was not able to turn my amp up to the "sweet spot" without occasional feedback so I opted to add the vol pot. Having the volume knob on the mic set at about 3/4 I can set the drive and master volume on my "Blues Deluxe" at a spot that has just the perfect overdrive/breakup. Every amp behaves differently so this allows for more flexibility. Having the knob on the end of the bullet made for an easy twist with the pinky finger if and when needed. It has been ideal for live gigging. The shell is a Harley Bullet light. The element is a '60's Shure CM. Just thought I would share.
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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby jeffl » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:15 pm

Thanks,Db,that thing is cool!
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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby allanlummox » Sat Mar 04, 2006 11:44 pm

Man that looks great.
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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby hashtaff » Sun Mar 05, 2006 2:01 am

Looks Cool.
Any chance of a soundclip?

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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby dblues » Sun Mar 05, 2006 3:16 am

Sure, sometime in the next couple days I wii put one up.
Thanks for asking. Probably put it up on my site at http://www.soundclick.com/dblues unless there is an easier way to put it directly to this site?

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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby harphawg » Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:46 pm

How about some more details..like what element do you have in there? Whats the screen material?

I have some extra HD turn signals laying around, and have been entertaining the idea of making a couple of different mics.

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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby dblues » Sun Mar 05, 2006 8:38 pm

I did state what the element was. I will repeat: It is a Shure CM made in USA circa 1960's The ones with the letters 99A86... ( I find they work the best IMHO)
The screening material is brass. It came from an old light I had in the garage. A cylindrical thing that went around the light bulb (diffuser of sorts) I cut out a circle to fit. The vol pot is a 500k. The connector is a 1/4" jack. There was a bit of trial and error to make it all fit air tight. I made a gasket out of the top of one of those orange cones you see on the road. Cut off just a small amount. (Don't tell the Dept. of Transportation)
Here is a pic before I had all the bugs worked out and pre vol pot
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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby bosco » Mon Mar 06, 2006 1:10 pm

That's cool lookin'...nice vintage look cord as well.

Sure would like to take her for test drive!

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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby ricochet » Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:48 am

>That's cool lookin'...nice vintage look cord as well.

Looks like old time spark plug cable!


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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby eline » Sat Mar 11, 2006 1:05 am

The mic looks great. How did you go about adding the volume control into the mic? This is something that I would like to do with an old bullet mic I have.
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RE: Home Built Harp Mic

Postby dblues » Sat Mar 11, 2006 11:22 pm

[updated:LAST EDITED ON Mar-11-06 AT 06:28 PM (EST)]Firstly, do you need one? Secondly, depending on what type of element you have in there will dictate what value volume pot you would need.
Also, read Barbeque Bob's reply to this earlier topic http://www.bigroadblues.com/dcforum/DCF ... 5/570.html



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