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Finger-loop on bullet mic, a la Pat Ramsey?

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Dave F
Jan 29, 2009 5:54 PM GMT
I've been told (on Harp-L) Pat Ramsey had a mic with a finger-loop or ring mounted to the mic for easy holding, I'd seen one somewhere, perhaps I did in fact meet Pat along the way...

I want to add a finger-loop to my mic, perhaps though one of Pat's mic's with a loop is available, at least a pic?

Jason, anyone, whatcha know?

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Jan 30, 2009 5:04 AM GMT
Oldwailer Replied:

Wow--never thought of a finger loop--but it sure sounds like a good idea--I'm going to do some experimenting--I'll let you know and poost a pic if I make anything worthwhile out of my green bullet. . .

Jan 30, 2009 7:33 AM GMT
Kingley Replied:

A friend of mine has his Green Bullet covered in tigerskin cloth with a finger loop to make it easier for him to hold.

Jan 31, 2009 4:22 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

You might want to try something simple, like one of those "Ouchless" elastic hair bands. See my photos.

I use these for a variety of applications (for sure not on my hair!), like holding effects boxes on my small effects board (made from pegboard).

These things are very durable. You can intertwine 2 or more together if you need them to be longer in length. They do come in several sizes; I like the ones that are about 3 inches (without beind stretched). There may also be other hair-type bands that may work well.

It would depend on the bullet mic shape, and if there would be something to wrap around and hold it in place a bit, like a V/C, cable plug, etc, without drilling holes.

If you wanted to drill a hole, you could easily slip one of these through the hole and secure it on the inside of the shell with a knot or other block, and a dab of silicone GOOP.

It worked REAL well on a wand-type mic like a Slim-777x, because you can loop it a couple times easily around the mic.

Give it a try just to see how it might work.

Feb 05, 2009 9:01 AM GMT
Civet Cat Replied:

Hey Dave I can Guarantee 100% Pat NEVER had a mic like that in the 14 years I had the pleasure of knowing him. I do know however how this roomer probably got started... Pat had a very strange and LARGE bullet I think it was some kind of Turner(It Broke once a whole other story) Any way he had a volume control installed on the side which he would leave between his right little finger and ring finger. It may have appeared to some that this was something other than a V.C. becuase Pat rolled it really effortlessly and even as part of his overall body movements as to never really indicate that he was in any way turning a knob. Pat Loved that big ole mic and thats pretty much all he played even back to the Johnny Winter Days. The time it broke was hard on all of us close to him. You can really see that mic here in this clip from around circa 97


Feb 05, 2009 9:05 PM GMT
Brutus Maximus Replied:

Thanks for posting that video, Jason. It's weird seeing pictures of Pat wearing the rug--I'm accustomed to seeing him either bald or with long hair and muttonchops. He looks like a totally different person with the hairpiece on. Plus he was a little heavier in that video. But there's no mistaking that voice and that harp tone!

I can't remember what brand of mic he said that was--for some reason, I want to think it was American brand? It had a really distinctive sound. I can't imagine cupping a mic that big, but he made it look effortless.

Feb 08, 2009 8:28 PM GMT
AirMojo (Ken H) Replied:

The bullet mic shell that Pat Ramsey is using might be a Turner model 33X, there's a fin on the top. I have one that I bought from a fellow harp player about 13-15 years ago.

Its a cool looking mic, but its a whopper to hold! Mine has an Astatic MC-127 crystal element, and a V/C on the very back-end. The mounting bracket for the cable and mic stand has been ground off of mine.

There's one on eBay now, but the image distorts the length of it a bit, making it look shorter than it really is.

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