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Peavey H5C and Akai DM13 reviews

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Hawkeye K
Aug 18, 2011 7:25 PM GMT

The element in my JT30RH reissue went out not long ago. Getting it rebuilt the way I want is just proving too costly right now.So I just bought a couple new mics.

Most recently, I bought a Peavey H5C Cherry Bomb an ebay store. First thing I noticed about it was how similar it was to a Shure 520DX. Size and shape are almost identical, with the primary exception being a set of recessed contours on top for finger placement to get a better grip on it. Bright redhousing with a charcoal black grille. Volume knob is the same as aGreen Bulletwith a midwaycatch in it. 20K pot with a dynamic element. The thing I love most about it is it has an on/off switch on the upper right side of the housing, allowing me to cut it off without losing my volume setting.the one thing I don't like is the connection. It's a mini-XLR. I've yet to hear of anyone having good luck with that setup, with the possible exception of lavalier pack mics. I may have thisswapped out later for a 5/8" screw-one connection.I tried it out for the first time at a gig at the Illinois State Fair yesterday. Ran in through my Peavey Vypyr 15 amp. The tone wasgreat! Sounded just as good, if not better than, a vintage Shure 520 with the American element. It's thefirst Chinese-madeharp mic I've found that really delivers what a harp player needs.Overall, it's like it's a hybrid between a Shure 520 and a Superlux, but a really good bang for the buck.

Also, a few weeks ago, I won a vintageAkai DM13 on ebay for a steal. I'd had this thing recommended to me by a couple of people on facebook, so I figured for as little as I paid for it, I had nothing to lose. Boy was I surprised! A little Japanese made tape recorder mic! And it has more balls than most bullets I've ever played on. Slightly shorter and a little stouter than a Shure SM57, rubberized body,and a brushed aluminum cylinder headpiece and grille. It also came with a little desk stand to hold it while you're not playing on it. There are a couple of slight downsides to it however. It's very gainy. No volume control on it, so you're pretty much relying on your amp knobs or whatever foot pedal you want to use. It IS unidirectional though, so as long as you have it pointed in the right direction when you aren't playing, it's not such a risk. When you ARE playing on it...that's where I love this stick mic above any other I've used. As I said, it's a little bigger around, so it's easier to grip than a 57. It's also very lightweight, so your hands don't get so tired holding it. The other downside is, again, the connection. Direct line into the butt end of the mic. The cord is only about five or six feet long with a 1/4" male on the end. I realize that this is easily modded, but for now, I'm just using a quarter to quarter female barrel to extend it with a longerinstrument cable. Anyway, I definitely recommend this mic to any harp player looking for a good stick mic to add to their arsenal. They're not evenmade as a reissueanymore from what I understand. So ebay, or craigslist, or anything else of that niche will be your best bet.



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Aug 19, 2011 2:56 PM GMT
walterharp Replied:

nice reviews, thanks.




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