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INVENTORY UPDATED  12/4/2016

My Lo-Noise Cables are OUT OF STOCK but will be returning soon!!

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Happy Holidays!

microphone-treeWhatever it is that you celebrate (or maybe you don’t at all, that’s OK too…I hear ya!!) I wish you the safest, happiest, and best one ever…sincerely!

I need to update my inventory, and I will soon, but I have many microphones ready to go now, and they are going quicker than I can get them up here for the holidays. Here is a photo of my “Microphone Tree”, which shows you some of what I have in stock now…PLEASE EMAIL ME with any questions, and I will get back to you lickety-split!!

Here’s a listing of just a few vintage microphones in stock NOW: Astatic JT-30, Astatic JT-30-C, Astatic 30 Bullet, Astatic All Brown Crinkle JT-30 on matching stand, Astaic 30 Biscuits, Astatic T-3, Shure 705 Rocket, Shure Brown Bullet, Shure/RCA Brown Bullet, Shure 707A, Turner 211, Turner 3030, Turner 55C, Ronette B110, Ronette GS210, RCA MI-6202, RCA MI-6226, RCA MI-12017, Crown MC-10, Philmore MC-10, Astatic W80…and more!

 

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Info You Should Know on my microphones for sale

My motto has always been “I won’t sell a microphone I wouldn’t use myself”…and some of the microphones I sell are literally microphones I have used on recordings and performances! Some of my mic customers include CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE, KIM WILSON, RICK ESTRIN, TOM WAITS, JERRY PORTNOY, SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY, and many others. I have been building, re-building, restoring, and customizing vintage bullet style harp mics for 25+ years now, and have one of the biggest harp-centric microphone collections anywhere on Earth. I am still fascinated with them. OK, some say I am obsessed, but hey – who cares what “they” say anyway, right?? (also see – Bullet Microphone Collection page)

“Dennis Gruenling…I can’t live without him!” – Kim Wilson

I take custom orders when my schedule allows, and I sometimes do have the time to build an inventory of microphones to sell and some build-to-order custom jobs between touring and recording. If you are looking for something in particular that you don’t see here, fill out the form at the bottom of the microphone section and I will reply when I am back at my workbench. You can also fill out that form if you have any specific questions about any microphone you see listed for sale.

I list details of each microphone for sale, including: Manufacturer, Model, Element, Finish/Grill (condition grades include EX+, EX, EX-, VG+, VG, VG-, G+, G), Label details, Tone, and Volume (grading from A+ down to the occasional C if it is rare and has great tone…a “B” volume grade is what most other sellers would consider an “A” or close to 100%, and a “C” grading is still very useable. Nothing weak is ever sold here!!).

PLEASE REMEMBER – loud volume (an A or A+ volume grade) is not always the best option, unless you have technique AND an amplified rig that can control the high output of the microphone. ALSO – meter readings don’t mean ANYTHING AT ALL when it comes to tone & output for amplified harp. Your best bet is to buy from someone who knows how to play amplified harp, and the better they can play, the more qualified they can be to build, test, and grade microphones for other players – if they know how to do the work. Think about it – if he had the skill, would you trust B.B. King more to build you a guitar pickup, or your neighbor (who took 3 guitar lessons as a teenager and now “fixes” guitars and pickups as an online hobby)?

Testing – All my microphones go through rigorous testing by yours truly. Not all vintage microphones that work will withstand “performance usage” by a harmonica player. It’s that simple. Plus, testing any microphone out on only ONE amplifier is not a safe bet, the different circuitry and different speaker configurations can make a huge difference. In all my sample videos below, I use THREE amps so you get a realistic idea of how these microphones sound with a variety of amps – such as a 1950’s Alamo (1×8″ speaker), a 1956 Gibson GA-20 or GA-40 (1×12″ speaker) and a HarpKing (either a 4×10″ or 6×10″ speaker model).

One More Thing – buyers beware when buying microphones from an amateur player, builder and/or antique dealer…especially “As Is” sales. “Working condition” DOES NOT mean “good working condition for use with harmonica“!! I lost track of how many microphones I had to re-build over the years for players who wanted to “save money” somewhere online (such as eBay, or from someone who “tested” out the mic with a meter). The actual microphones I have for sale are used in the videos I post, I stand behind all my microphones, and if any issues/questions ever arise, I work with the purchaser to resolve it in a timely fashion, assuming microphones have not been tampered with.

All microphones come with 1/4″ adapter attached (as pictured, so you can just plug in a guitar cord and play). Shipping is done with USPS Priority Mail at $18 each mic, which also includes packing & insurance. In all the years of doing this, I’ve had zero packages damaged in shipment, and only one microphone lost in shipment, which was covered by insurance (over 15 years ago). All mics are guaranteed to be working as described and as you see & hear in the descriptions, and sold as-is…meaning they are accurately described, photographed and recorded for you to see & hear. Of course you want to be careful with them and not tamper with them in case you want to exchange for a different style. These are vintage electronics and if treated with care should give you many years of toneful enjoyment.

INTERNATIONAL SALES – International orders are welcome. Keep in mind the shipping price will go up, and I will email you an invoice for the shipping balance within a few days.

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•Microphones for sale:

#VM928 – Astatic JT-30 in box w/stand


vm928This is a classic Astatic JT-30. The original crystal was useless, so I replaced it with a hand-picked N.O.S. (New Old Stock) vintage Japanese crystal element. Many of the Japanese elements are weak, thin, bright and not very good, but I pick the good ones out of the inventory I have and even use one myself on tour all the time! This is the classic rivet tag label you see (circa 1940’s) and with the original stand and box. This one is in excellent condition, and NO harp player worth their weight should be without one of these, and due to the lesser price of a Japanese crystal, this one is more affordable than most, but still kicks butt!

Manufacturer: Astatic Corp.
Model: JT-30
Element: NOS Japanese Crystal
Finish: Grey, EX+
Grill: Chrome, EX+
Label: rivet tag
Tone: Hot, Dirty, Fat
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $380.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM908 – Astatic 30 bullet


vm908Now here is a rare version of the Astatic classic – the model 30 bullet! Yes, there were several different model numbers that Astatic used before settling on focusing on the JT-30, including 30 and 31. The original crystal was dead, so I replaced it with a vintage 1949 black label Shure Controlled Reluctance element (very rare), and this thing gets nasty now! Very cool early JT-30 style model, and if you like the CM/CR tone, you will certainly want to get your hands on this one!

Manufacturer: Astatic Corp.
Model: 30
Element: Vintage Shure Controlled Reluctance
Finish: Brown, EX+
Grill: Brown, EX+
Label: pre-logo rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Raunchy, Round
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $490.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM901 – Astatic JT-30 C  Green Label!


vm901Now here is a rare variation on the classic JT-30 bullet microphone – the Green Label Ceramic version. This is one of the very early ceramic versions of this model, and when Astatic first marketed these new ceramic elements, they did use green labels on many of the models. This has an original vintage 127 Astatic ceramic element side working very well. I don’t think this is the original from this model (likely the original would be a 126 ceramic) but it is vintage and working very well. Likely the original owner replaced it with this element purchased directly from Astatic, as they sold replacement elements outright to customers back in the day. There is some wear on this microphone, but it is still in decent shape, and pretty rare at that. ceramics are very similar to crystal elements in tone, however ceramic elements have a warmer edge (less shrill), have rounder tone, and slightly less gain, which is great if like the sound of a crystal microphone, but sometimes battle feedback with your amplifier.

Manufacturer: Astatic Corp.
Model: JT-30 C
Element: Vintage Astatic 127 Ceramic
Finish: Grey, VG
Grill: Chrome, VG+
Label: green label rivet
Tone: Warm, Dirty, Fat
Volume: Strong, A-
Price: $375.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM926 – Turner BX


vm926Yes indeed – one of the coolest bullet microphone designs of all time – the Turner “Challenger”. This came in either Brown (B models) or satin Chrome (C models) with either a dynamic or crystal element (D or C models). This was originally a BX model (Brown with crystal element) butt he original crystal was too week to use, as usual. I have replaced it with a vintage Shure Controlled Magnetic element, and is now ready to tear it up on stage! The size of this is very comfortable for most people since it is smaller in diameter than most bullet microphones, and the cool fin on top makes it easy to grab onto. Dig!

Manufacturer: Turner
Model: BX
Element: Vintage Shure Controlled Magnetic
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Brown, VG+
Label: N/A
Tone: Fat, Raunchy, Round
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $325.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM933 – Astatic JT-30


vm933Now here is an early version (circa 1942) of the model JT-30 in all-brown! yes, they did make the JT-30 in all-brown models for a short time, and here is one example on the original brown stand. The original crystal was too weak to use, but I did replace it with a vintage New Old Stock (NOS) Astatic 127 ceramic element. If you like the classic sound of a crystal microphone, but want a little less brightness, or more control over feedback, a ceramic is a great option. Similar tonal characteristics but more warmth and roundness on the edges.

Manufacturer: Astatic Corp.
Model: JT-30
Element: Vintage NOS Astatic 127 Ceramic
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Brown, VG+
Label: Pre-logo rivet tag
Tone: Warm, Dirty, Fat
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $350.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM904 – Astatic Model 30 Biscuit


vm904This is one of the biscuit microphones made by Astatic – Model 30. This is the brown & chrome version, and while it does have some small scratches, it is still in excellent shape for it’s age. The original crystal was dead in this mic, but I replaced it with a vintage Brush crystal element, and this is a strong mic now! Many players find these more comfortable than the standard bullet-style microphones, since the bodies are not as big as a bullet style. Killer fat tone on this biscuit mic!

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 30 Biscuit
Element: Vintage Brush Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Chrome, VG+
Label: N/A
Tone: Hot, Fat, Dirty
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $375.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM918 – Turner BX

vm918 fullThis is one of the coolest vintage bullet microphones designs ever – The Turner “Challenger”!! These came in satin chrome or in brown (like this one) and this is the model BX, but the original crystal is long dead. I did replace it with a vintage crystal element, and this things soars like a rocket now when you plug it in! I find that the fin on top of the microphone helps make it easier to hold when using with harmonica. The size of the bullet shape is a little smaller than a normal bullet microphone, so I don’t find that the fin gets in the way at all.

Manufacturer: Turner
Model: BX
Element: Vintage Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Brown, VG
Label: N/A
Tone: Round, Dirty, Warm
Volume: Strong, A-
Price: $325.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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•Accessories:

jt30pinredCustom-made Astatic JT-30 style polished metal pins - $39.99jt30pin4

I was able to get a LIMITED QUANTITY of these very cool polished Astatic JT-30 custom-made pins in stock to sell here on BadAssHarmonica.com. I have been wearing these on my blazers and my jackets lately, and I must admit – they are SUPER cool! When I saw them, I HAD to get them to sell here, and I am the only US seller for these custom-made pins! (Shipping is FREE when ordering this pin with other items, but if ordering separately you will be invoiced actual shipping charges for USPS Priority Mail)

 

 

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Vintage Amphenol inline On/Off Switch – $39.99

onoffswitchI have some vintage Amphenol inline On/Off switches, which connect directly to the old-style screw-on microphone connectors (such as on the Astatic JT-30, and as installed on all of my vintage microphones) and an adapter or cable connects directly to the other end. Screws right on, and can be switched on or off easily at your discretion with a simple push/slide mechanism. A very cool vintage accessory, and very handy especially if you sing, or want to be able to turn your mic off without the hassle of running back to your amp.


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•Low-noise cables: (back in stock SOON!)

Super High-Quality, Low-Noise Cables, in two different lengths and plug options!

Yes indeed – the cables DOES make a difference. If you’re playing a microphone with killer tone, don’t ruin it by using an ordinary cable! I didn’t believe the difference until I heard it myself, but they are worth every penny. These are custom made, and I use these myself. These give you a cleaner, stronger signal…even guitarists I have played with have bought these from me!

Available in 20-foot length (with either two straight plugs, OR one straight plug and one angle plug), and 2-foot length (with two straight plugs OR two angle plugs) for connecting any effects you may use. I personally use a 20′ cable with one straight plug (for the microphone end) and one angle plug (to go into the amp, makes less clutter), but they all work and sound the same. The 2′ patch cables are the same quality, just shorter in length, for use with any effects you may use. If you use a High Quality microphone cable, but then use a cheap Low- Quality cable between your microphone/amp/effects, you defeat the whole purpose of your High Quality cable!!

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 20 foot Low-Noise Cable (both straight plugs) – $64.99 

 20 foot Low-Noise Cable (one straight plug, one angle plug) – $64.99 

 2 foot Low-Noise Patch Cable (both straight plugs) – $32.99 

 2 foot Low-Noise Patch Cable (both angle plugs) – $32.99 

 

 

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•Amps for sale:


I currently have no amps for sale….check back or email if you are looking for one.

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