Re: homemade mics

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Posted by blu.P on December 10, 2002 at 14:49:07:

In Reply to: homemade mics posted by Slim Jim on December 10, 2002 at 11:35:09:

: looking for any and all info on home building
: microphones. what other type elements are
: adaptable for harmonica use?

one place to find some basic info to craft to your needs is at planet harmonica. you might even want to try building their simple i-mic; the testers gave it rave reviews (

as for elements, i have searched around and found that mouser electronics ( sells various dynamic, crystal, and ceramic elements fairly cheap (see page 633 of their onlione catalogue). depending on what they have in stock, you can also sometimes find steals at

lastly, i recently stumbled upon a fairly unique idea. apparently, if you take the carbon element out of OLD telephones it gives a very dirty sound. on the other hand, i know for a fact that carbon doesn't give good high frequency response, so keep that in mind depending on what sound you want. i haven't tried this yet, so let me know what you think if you test this out.

i hope some of this is useful.

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