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Seydel wooden mic and amp

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Cloud 1
May 04, 2009 4:14 PM GMT

Hi Guys,

What do you guys think of this

Seydel is also releasing some amps too.

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May 04, 2009 6:01 PM GMT
Elk River Replied:

The guy who came up with that mic is an American living in Germany, Bruce Wharton. I believe he is a Harmonicaspace member... like to see ol' Bruce chime in.

May 04, 2009 6:44 PM GMT
sgsax Replied:

It certainly looks nice. I'm partial to natural wood poroducts, myself, aesthetically speaking. The simple yet graceful ergonmic styling is very attractive. Price seems reasonable to me for a handmade item like this. Will he really be handmaking all orders, or is Seydel enlisting the help of higly-trained beavers to produce his design?

May 05, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
Randy S Replied:

I think thats bad ass! I would like to see them in exotic woods. Tigerwood or purpleheart would be cool. Looks very easy to get a good seal with.

May 05, 2009 7:26 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Did he make these before Seydel started selling them? I could swear I saw one of these before, but without the Seydel brand name.

May 05, 2009 8:30 AM GMT
BP Replied:

I tried it at the recent Frankfurt Musikmesse in April. If feels nice in the hands and the tone through the small amp Seydel had at their booth seemed pretty good.

If it had a volume control attached it would be more attractive, from my perspective. Maybe Bruce can tell us if that will come on a future version?

Brendan Power

May 05, 2009 4:26 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Hi, Guys

As a competitor AND a customer of Seydel, you can take whatever I say with the appropriate grain of salt. They're a high quality company and I expect good things from them.

That mic has 2 issues that would concern me. First, it is medium impedance. We tend to use "high" or "low" gear - and we even have readily available impedance matching transformers to switch between "high" and "low". I don't know of any products designed for "medium to high" or "medium to low" impedance matching.

Second, its frequency response is listed at 100 - 10,000hz. 10,000 hz is way up there - means the mic may be very good at clean playing but is likely to sound harsh when overdriven.

I DO like the shape.

Note that it is impossible to offer ANY harp mic commercially as a new product unless you can source an element available in consistent volume, i.e., an element in current production. I've scoured the globe and there is no such thing as an in-production element that is going to give a bullet-style mic the tone of a good vintage crystal, controlled magnetic or controlled reluctance element. That's all I supply with my wood mics, but I can't claim them to be new - I have to hunt for them like everyone else.

BTW, I make mine form all kinds of exotic woods and you get to choose.....

SeeCustom Wood Mics

May 10, 2009 11:27 PM GMT
Bruce W Replied:

Hello Everyone,

I apologize. I have been so busy I have not had a chance to look into the board.

Yes I am the beaver chewing out each microhone by hand. It is not easy and takes alot of time. Each mic is unique due to the grain and the way the wood reacts when I work it but they all have the Groove in them and they all are very pretty.

I use an impedance transformer with this mic and it sounds real nice. As Greg stated it is so hard to find a vintage sounding mic these days that is consistant and sounds good. I chose this element as it is basically middle of the road - it can play clean and get real bluesy sounding if needed. So much depends on the player as well. It is not that harsh at all. I use it through a LoneWolf Delay which gives it a sound I like very much. Pat Bergeson played through it and it sounded fantastic - he owns one now too.

Cupping and effects are so easy. I really like using the 1847 with it. The lids are great for this mic. I will try and get some demmos up on my site or make some for Seydel.

I cannot say very much yet about what we plan to do in the future as I am the only guy producing these right now. I put in a lot of time on these - a lot. We would like to see some exotic wood options and an XLR jack. I made one that was glossy black as well and I really like that one - many people did. Nothing is impossible at Seydel. They are really great people.

The volume control is a big issue. I may have to extend the length to get one in it or do something real wacky. We are working on it. It is a new product so jumping right in and making a lot of changes before it gets off the ground is not an option - not for me right yet unless Seydel wants it - then I have to make the changes. I always make suggestions for new options but forget what really happens behind the scene. I have to be reminded often as sometimes I fail to see the whole picture. Actually I could do so much if I could fit it in my day - it is just too short. As far as a VC is concerned I am sure that Greg could bastel something together for anyone.

I did not sell these before Seydel decided to put them in their accessory line. I had the prototype on my website for a while but have since removed it.

I would like to add that this mic cannot be taken apart. It must be sent back to be repaired if there is a defect. It is very sturdy however I would not tamper with it unless you know how the mic is built. It can be destroyed if not careful just like any other microhone.

Take care everyone! Do good, be kind and keep your lips to the metal.



May 15, 2009 4:21 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

"Yes I am the beaver chewing out each microhone by hand. "

Ahh, wouldn't that be by mouth ??


May 30, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
blogward Replied:

Interesting, but a big outlay. I'd hate to lose one, or find it gunked up after a few weeks.

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