Re: homemade mics

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Posted by Slim Jim on December 11, 2002 at 08:36:14:

In Reply to: Re: homemade mics posted by blu.P on December 10, 2002 at 14:49:07:

: : 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.
: blu.P

Yes this helps,thanks. About an hour before posting this question I had opened the reciver of on old dial type phone to have a look at the element. It's in an original mickey mouse phone and my wife will kill me if i use it so I'll be hunting the thrift and pack rat type stores looking for some to try. I'll post my results here. Keep on harpin' S.J.

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