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INVENTORY UPDATED  11/9/2017

My Lo-Noise Cables are OUT OF STOCK but will be returning Winter 2017!!

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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:

#VM975 – Astatic Brown Biscuit model 30  w/ID tag!


vm975 biscuit with tagThis Astatic model is very popular for players who don’t want a full-size “bullet” style microphone, but still want that fat tone that goes along with one – Astatic model 30 “Biscuit”. This version is all brown with the original matching stand, and is the more rare model with the tag on the microphone. Many of these models do not have tags at all. It is nice as big overall as a bullet style, but still has the same width of a bullet, and houses a strong vintage crystal element inside. I have a few biscuit microphones in stock, but this is certainly the coolest!

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 30
Element: Vintage Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG
Grill: Brown, VG
Label: Corporation rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Round, Warm
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $400.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM964 – Shure 705 Rocket


vm964Here is an example of an early Shure Rocket-style microphone, model 705. This mic was one of the earliest Bullet/Rocket styles (starting pre-1940), and is basically the same size as a Shure Bullet, with a different style grille and neck. Super-cool futuristic design on this model!! I installed a BRAND NEW, super strong fresh out of the wrapper Shure Controlled Magnetic element, and this thing is rockin’ hard now!! Great tone, and this certainly some mojo inside!

Manufacturer: Shure
Model: 705 “Rocket”
Element: Vintage NIB Controlled Magnetic
Finish: Satin Chrome, VG
Grill: Satin Chrome, VG
Label: N/A
Tone: Dirty, Loud, Honkin’
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $395.00

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM943 – Shure small shell Brown Bullet


vm943One of the most in-demand bullet microphone styles, and one of the most comfortable hold, is the “small-shell” early Shure bullet Streamliner microphone model. This particular model was made for a recording unit of the day, but was obviously still manufactured by Shure. The original crystal element was long gone, but I replaced it with a vintage NOS crystal element. The tone is awesome on this microphone, with that classic crystal clarity and texture! Again, this is a very popular size and style, and very comfortable to hold.

Manufacturer: Shure
Model: Streamliner
Element: NOS vintage Japanese crystal
Finish: Brown, VG-
Grill: Chrome, VG
Label: N/A
Tone: Warm, Thick, Fat
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $380.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM948 – Astatic Model 30 Biscuit


vm948Here is a vintage Astatic Biscuit model 30. This one shows some wear, and the original element was dead on arrival, but I have brought this back to life with a very strong vintage Shure Controlled Magnetic element inside now. The smaller dimension of the Biscuit shell makes it easier to than a standard bullet, if you like that idea, and the crunchy tone of a killer CM element is right there now! Really awesome sounding, cool looking Biscuit.

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 30 Biscuit
Element: Vintage Shure Controlled Magnetic
Finish: Brown, G
Grill: Brown, G
Label: N/A
Tone: Dirty, Hot, Round
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $335.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM925 – Turner BX


vm925Yes, here is another Turner “Challenger” model BX. Very cool space-age design that Turner was famous for, and comfortable to hold. The original crystal was useless, so I replaced it with a vintage Brush crystal element. This thing now has warmth and fullness that it never had before! The Brush crystal elements are known for their tone, and this one in particular has a lot of warmth and roundness to it, and less highs. If you love that classic crystal sound, but don’t want to battle too much feedback, or you have an amp where feedback may be an issue, this crystal mic is a great option!

Manufacturer: Turner
Model: BX
Element: Vintage Brush crystal
Finish: Brown, VG
Grill: Brown, VG
Label: N/A
Tone: Thick, Fat, Warm
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $315.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM952 – Turner BX

vm952This 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 Shure Controlled Magnetic 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 Shure CM
Finish: Brown, VG-
Grill: Brown, VG-
Label: N/A
Tone: Round, Dirty, Fat
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $300.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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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)

SOLD OUT!!

 

 

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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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