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Jawbone KJun 27, 2009 2:36 PM GMT
I recently got hold of a E-V m43u mic off of Ebay. Got a deal. Nice mic, but it was low-z. Having seen some of Greg Heumann's work both locally and in Clarksdale, MS, and having had some discussions both here and on some other harp forums, i asked him what he could do to help me get this mic turned into what i needed- a high-z, with volume pot, and the right connector for my purposes. Greg suggested that i send him the mic, and i did.
Greg had modded at least one of these mics previously so he knew its limitations. It's a smaller-than-bullet shell and I wanted an onboard volume pot to keep the whole package small. I also wanted to get away from an outboard low-to-hi-z transformer. And the weird connector had to go. I like a mic that I can use a guitar cord to plug in, it cuts down on cables to keep up with!
Greg called me once we'd determined that he could do the mods, and we discussed where I needed the knob for the volume pot to be so i could use it to best effect. He also gave me the good news that a transformer would fit inside the shell, which I had had my doubts about. He quoted me a more than reasonable price, and I gave the go-ahead. Greg was excited to get started on the mic. This is a guy who has found his calling and loves what he does. Inside of 2 days- closer to ONE day- Greg called me again and told me it was finished! that's quick. We set up payment and he immediately shipped the mic priority mail. i got it 2 days later.
Murphy's Law set in then. I had forgotten to order a 1/4" connector so I could plug the thing in! So I called Greg back and he shipped one, which showed up very quickly.
Yesterday I put the mic together with the connector and plugged it in. 2 different amps, the big Bassman and the smaller Silvertone. And there it was..... that killer round warm tone.....with very nice solid bottom end like I was looking for. I usually use a crystal mic, and i like the clarity of it, but when held next to each other, the E-V with mods stands taller tone-wise.
I had bought this m43u off Ebay. It is new old stock, which means it sat on a shelf in a military warehouse for nearly 30 years and was never used or even unpacked until I got it. After Greg got it back to me, it is in the same pristine shape as when I unpacked it! No mars or scratches at all, and the tooling he did was exactly what was needed and no more.
Dealing with Greg (Blows MeAwayProductions) has been a true pleasure, and he did impeccable work, for a great price. I got exactly what i needed and asked for, and Greg is a very motivated and focused guy. I recommend that you talk to Greg on your next mic project or repair.
Yep, I am definitely a satisfied customer. Thanks Greg!
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Yeah Greg does do great work!
Glad you got exactly what you wanted :)
very good story!!!
Here's a vid someone made at a recent jam where I was asked to sit in with the host band for the weejk - the great Steve Freund, Sid Morris on Keys, Burt Wynn on bass, Robi Bean on drums. The video starts with the end of a tune sung by Jan Fanucci, but then goes into Steve's "Madison Shoes".
Harp solo comes at 3:37 if you're impatient - but do listen to a little of the comping -you will be able to hear it, even though I was playing at a much lower level. This is one of the coolest things I notice about the Super Sonny - it cuts through nicely at lower volumes. At 6:56 the song goes straight into a slow blues, and there's a band gang bang at about 9:10 where you can hear the harp again....
I MEANT Jawbone, although I kinda like "jambone".......
By the way, the amp ROCKS.
Thanks for letting us know about this mic and its transformation. I'm trying not to buy any more mics, but sometimes you just trip over one for sale, you know?
there are several just like it on ebay. the guy bought a whole pallet of them at a surplus sale i think. i never tried one as a low-z mic say in a p.a. but i suspect it would sound pretty good just like it came out of the box.
here's a follow-up of last night's shakedown of both the e-v mic modded by Greg Heumann, and the '59 Bassman from Steve Clark at Sligo amps.
i took the bassman and the new e-v mic out for a spin at a jam last night and i am very glad i did.i had put 12a class tubes as follows just after i got the amp- p1- 12au7, p2-12ax7, p3-12au7. it tamed out the feedback but did cut the volume a lot. so i took someone's counsel and put a 12ax7 in p1, and 12au7's in p2 and p3. which was better, but still not quite there.when i got to the jam the house harp guy and a good friend, sonny, wanted to look it all over. when the house band took a break we plugged it in with the new mic and i blew a little into it to see what was what. almost immediately sonny grabbed a lil jumper cord and we put it between the 2 channels of the amp. HUGE improvement in bottom end breakup and a bump in volume before feedback also!about then the band, plus guest guitar guys, hit the stage, and i got to play harp with them. bass, drums, keys, and 3 guitars on stage. it's a pretty small stage and the harp guy spot on one end is tiny, so i had the amp on the floor a foot below me, and was standing behind it mostly. as the band got wound up, i bumped the bassman volume to match. and it kept up and didn't squeal! and the bottom end, wow it was just heaven. at one point sonny came over to tell me i needed to turn DOWN a bit- something a lot of harp guys never hear. and just to be real clear- tone for days. incredible from low end all the way up. i had the amp volume at about 3/4 at one point, and the mic volume nearly all the way up. no feedback. and it let me play a low F harp in 3rd position pretty gently and be heard, even with all that band on stage!the mic worked really great also. since it's about 2/3 the diameter of say a green bullet, it was real easy to cup. the vol pot is very easy to reach, being installed at an angle on the back end of the mic more or less. the mic's element- a dynamic with a transformer to convert it to hi-z- packed plenty of punch for the bassman to send out. the original finish is that olive drab green military color, and it's like a satin or semi gloss, not slick at all so even with some sweat on the hands it was easy to grip and keep cupped tight. i am thinking of maybe getting a custom paint job on it just for giggles.over all, i am really just amazed and totally pleased with the mic and with the latest tube configuration, along with the jumper cable idea on the amp. all of a sudden this has turned into a very killer rig. i would not hesitate to get on stage with this setup just about anyplace with just about anyone. this rig has instilled that kind of confidence.my recommendation, if you've done your woodshedding and feel ready to get out with the big guys, is to get hold of STEVE CLARK at sligo amps dot com, and order a replica '59 bassman. at the same time, get hold of GREG HEUMANN at blowsmeaway productions, and have him build you a mic. for my dineros, that has been the two best investments i could have made. both are really good guys who will work to meet your needs, and they are both a pleasure to do business with, and both make great products that i am proud to own and use.
I like the give and take with the guitar the best at the end... nice stuff.