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Jan 15, 2010 4:03 PM GMT

I dont know how many of you guys have made Shaker mic's to use. I make kids toys and have a nice work space. So after I bought a Green Bullet $80. used new in box. I was thinking how to make a mic. I have 2 made I call them Sultan Shakers, ( I live in Sultan WA.) the 1st one works nice put a spacer in frount of the elemit good sound, my SkullShaker I used a CB mic it ROCKS very HOT and a blast to use. I have been ask to make a few more to sell not sure about that so let me know what you think or have made, trying to up load photos from my Pic

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Jan 16, 2010 3:15 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

Dan --

You've got some pro mic people on here, such as Greg Heumann, and some people like Harpaholic who've made many mics or fixed them up. I haven't made any, but I did bring a bunch into the local amp/mic tech for fixing, wiring, etc. One is just a shell, so I bought an element, volume control, connector, etc. but the tech is wiring it together ... so I guess that doesn't count!

Jan 17, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Dan P, My son says we look like twins ( if I stop hiding my gray ). I notice you live in Washington state, my son wants to move out there. Were in south Florida, and he hates the heat and humidity.

Back to mic's

I know less about mic's then OrthodoxBlues and way less then Harpaholic. But they both know what they are writing about. your pics look good. I may be wrong on this but I think you can down load your sound on this site, this gives us an understanding of how your mic sounds. It wont matter to me im tone deaf and don't know what im dong here. I did buy my mic from Greg and wish I was good friends with Harpaholic, you know the friend that borrow things.

abner ( BluEyes, im a good friend )

Jan 18, 2010 8:31 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

I just herad that the size I make is called a shaker mic...I made them from 1 1/4 PVC they are on my site photos. I Want to make more as they are fun to make.and play with too

Jan 18, 2010 10:07 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Be careful making your own mics, Dan. It can lead to obsession. Don't ask me how I know... ;)

Jan 18, 2010 11:25 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Thats funny Greg, I have to do all I can to stop from buying and buying. Harpaholic's name says it the best. and trust me I want more. I don't know a thing about mic's and im lucky. But I will try my hand on working on my Lee Oskar harps.

I messed up the last two harps some time ago and since got a bought a few more, since I want to replace my Lee Oscar, I figure I can work on them. And who knows It just might come out right.

Good luck, and try not to be a micaholic.

abner ( BluEyes, going to see Neil Zirconia perform live as oppose to not being a live )

Jan 19, 2010 7:58 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

I know I want to make more did you go see them on my profile photos? Making item is what I do and like it when they come out just right.I'll never be a PRO mic maker just a hobby


( going to see Lea Oskerplay @ HY 99 in Seattle 1-29-10

Jan 20, 2010 12:37 AM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Dan P enjoy seeing lee Oskar, there is noting like seeing and feeling live music. My wife a wonderful women who has not only bought me a Kalamazoo but has very supportive in my learning does not like Lee Oskar. My self I enjoy his music. I don't get much face time to see harp players but if my wife see something she will tell me.

If it were not for her I would have missed out on Corky Siegal and Charlie Musselwhite live in my face.

She just loves Jason Ricci so we will be seeing him this Friday.

abner (BluEyes, at the Backroom Jason Ricci )

Jan 20, 2010 7:45 AM GMT
Andrew T Replied:

I wonder what one can do in the way of taking apart the good ol "Green Bullet" mic and moding it out for better clarity and frequency response??? Maybe there's a way to make an $80 mic sound like a $280 one? That would be the jam.

Jan 25, 2010 8:54 PM GMT
BluEyes Replied:

Andrew I think if you can make an $80 mic sound like a $280 mic it would be sold for $350, then put on sale for $300. But I like your way of thinking. After that we can start working on the amps, then the harps. Andrew you can walk away with big bucks. Just when you make it big do not for get us little people.

abner (BluEyes, thats it )

Feb 01, 2010 9:06 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

The mic's I made one was out of a Karokee system it has a good bright sound, the Skullshaker was made from a CB mic HOT sound I love using it my AMP is a HOODOO got a grand deal on it along with a deal on a GB mic learnig to get air tight with it

Feb 02, 2010 5:20 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Andrew, I agree with everything Harpaholic said, and would add this: generally when you are trying to get a good mic for blues, shooting for better clarity and frequency response is the LAST thing you want to do. It is EASY to get a mic with good clarity and frequency response. It is HARD to get an old school mic that doesn't because they're not made any more - but they are responsible for what many of us like in harp tone.

BlowsMeAway Productions
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Feb 03, 2010 5:07 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

This thread got me thinkin,,,,,,,,especially the shaker mics...

I work in food service and happened to look at a box of empty new glass salt shakers with the metal tops.

Got out my harmonica and tested the feel of it with the shaker in hand like a mic,lol.

Feb 10, 2010 4:02 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

I have played around with mic's and I'm working on a Harp holder and mic in one, and with getting a clear mic to sound dirty that has been fun and some cool ideas coming soonsee what you guys think,I Design TOYs for a living so this making mic's and FN around with is a kick


Playing the Blues for life

Feb 17, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
skullShaker Replied:

Ok I ordered some crystal elements and made 2 new mic's I call one Sultan shaker mini and as I like to play around I used 2 Elements in my Sultan twin mic I will use them tonight when i get home. Should find someone to try these out ??I'm like a kid with new toys I posted the new photos of my Sultan shakers take a look. HARP ON

Playing the Blues for life

Feb 20, 2010 7:43 AM GMT
SUKM // R Replied:


as Greg says for blues ya want dirty ,.gritty tones,.that ol' skool Chicago

sound,..listen to this vid ,.

I can make your"Green Bullet" sound close forless then them280-400 buck mics

Now I'm not say your gonna sound like Giles,. But I'll get ya in the ballpark !!

Ya have to remember 1st it's the player,.2nd the amp used ,.3rd is the mic,..

BLOWIN THROUGH A SIMPLY UNIQUE KUSTOM BUILT MIC,.CALLED "MEMPHIS BLOOD" ,... A Bluesblaster w/a 99C86 Shure low Z to high Z element Hotrodded with My Tranform Super Boost Mod,..

Ohh ,.an not only is Harpaholic a great harp player ,Builder & painter,..but to that list add computer wizard !!! LOLO/// THANKs Harpaholic !!!


SUKM //Rharley

Jul 08, 2010 5:11 AM GMT
Maka M Replied:

Have a look at:

I've built a few mics based on this plan. My favourite shell is a roll-on deodorant bottle and I use all sorts of elements - the earpiece elementsfrom old telephones seem to work better than the mouthpiece. They tend tosound 'clean', but they sure look interesting


Jul 09, 2010 3:49 AM GMT
Bulldog B Replied:

I thought the usual idea was to make a $280 mike sound like an $18 one. I've heard that some people use very low fidelity mikes from old tape recorders. I've got the plans from the PlanetHarmonica site and a box full of various bottles in the garage, waiting for me to make a trip to Radio Shack for the mike elements. One of these days.

Jul 10, 2010 3:44 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

Last night I decided to revisit my old cb mic in a license plate light fixture. I decided to give it more space behind the element buy using an ibuprofen bottle from walmart. I drilled six holes in a triangle pattern in the cap. I suspended the element with electrical tape about 1/2 inch down so the back hole can breathe into the bottle. the front is sealed from the back with the tape. What a difference! Huge improvement all the way around, including gain before feedback. Even in my little practice studio (10x14) i can really crank it for super tone out of my valve junior. About 1 o'clock now versus 8 o'clock before. No volume control, just a 1/4 inch jack in the bottom of the bottle. The element reads 600 ohms on the meter, but works fine without a transformer. It is louder at a lower setting with the transformer, but I can't say there is any detectable difference in tone. Maybe worse with the transformer because i can't overdrive the amp itself in the little room with it on. Today i have a new free toy..motivating to work out with some Dave Barret amp'd stuff i have.

Jul 10, 2010 8:44 PM GMT
ron a Replied:

here's what it sounds like

Jul 11, 2010 3:50 AM GMT
ron a Replied:

[URL=]Audio.mp3 - 1.33MB[/URL]

Here's one of just audio same track, different approach.

Jul 11, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
ron a Replied:

good grief...ignore th other two.

Jul 11, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
ron a Replied:

I'm sorry guys...I have made some really ham-fisted posts here. I would delete them, but can't.

Here's the only youtube video of my ibuprofen bottle mic ... sorry for the headaches:

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