Posted by Jeremy Steinberg on January 05, 2003 at 11:01:13:
In Reply to: Re: 'Shaker Madcat' mic...? posted by E-J on January 05, 2003 at 04:11:17:
: ...Or the 'Harmonica Honker'...?
The Shaker, popularized by Madcat Ruth, gives the player a chance to use hand-cupping acoustic techniques, which are harder to employ with a bullet-type mic. The same is also true of the Microvox (comes with a volume pre-amp that can clip to a belt), which I use, and love, for the same hand-cupping techniques, even while playing amplified. The head of the microvox is actually no larger than the tip of your pinkie finger.
But bullet mics have their place too, for tone. The shaker and the microvox might be considered too 'bright', and not 'dirty' enough by players looking for the thick 'Chicago blues type' sound.
Every mic has its advantages, and its drawbacks, too. Most serious harp players have more than one mic, just for that reason. Different environments, different amps, different sounds.
Regards, Jeremy c/o JSteinberg@ucwphilly.rr.com
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