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INVENTORY UPDATED  3/25/2017

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

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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:

#VM938 – Astatic W-80


vm938Here is a variation of the popular Astatic JT-30 style microphone…and all brown model W-80.  In very good condition with the original stand as well. The original Astatic crystal was not working well, so I replaced it with a strong vintage NOS Japanese crystal element. This is a great example of a W-80, and this mic really sings now…

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: W-80
Element: Vintage NOS Japanese Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Brown, VG+
Label: rivet tag, lightning bolt
Tone: Round, Dirty
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $350.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM936 – Astatic Brown Krinkle JT-30 on stand


vm936Here is one of my favorite variations of the Astatic JT-30 model, the all brown crinkle version! This wa made for only a few years, and this one has the original brown crinkle stand to go with it. Not only is this JT-30 model one of the most popular sizes to hold for performance use, but the crinkle finish is very cool to touch and makes it even more comfortable. The original crystal was dead, and it has been replaced with a vintage Astatic 151 crystal element. This is super-bad now!! One of my favorites here that I’m currently selling (if not my favorite).

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: JT-30
Element: Vintage NOS Astatic 151 Crystal
Finish: Brown Krinkle, VG+
Grill: Brown Krinkle, VG+
Label: Corporation rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Raunchy, Hot
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $500.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM920 – Astatic 30 Bullet on stand


vm920Here is a great example of the classic Astatic JT-30 style bullet microphone. This is a model 30 (same style as a JT-30) with the original stand as well. Inside is a vintage Astatic 101 crystal working very well! Not often do you get these anymore, but the crystal is working well, and totally dug this one going through all of my amps, getting that classic vintage Astatic tone. Chrome is very nice on this too, and these vintage Astatic crystals don;t last long, so grab it if it tickles your fancy…!

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 30
Element: Vintage Astatic 101 Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Chrome, VG+
Label: rivet tag Corporation
Tone: Dirty, Fat, Thick
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $395.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM963 – Astatic JT-30 all grey on stand


vm963Not only do you see some Astatic JT-30’s that are all brown, but sometimes you see them all grey, like this model. This is the standard Astatic JT-30, but with a hammletone grey grille to match the rest of the microphone’s body, and this is original, yes. The original crystal was dead, so I replaced it with a vintage Shure Controlled Magnetic element, and this thing wails now! The output is one of the highest I have here currently, and if you like that crunchy Shure tone, you will love this one.

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: JT-30
Element: Vintage Shure Controlled Magnetic
Finish: Grey, G+
Grill: Grey, VG
Label: rivet tag, Lightning logo
Tone: Fat, Dirty, Round
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $345.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM906 – Crown MC-10


vm906Yes this is one of the coolest vintage bullet microphone designs ever made! Basically identical to the more popular Lafayette PA-42, this is the Crown MC-10. The only thing different is the name it was marketed under, aside from that, it is the same microphone. Oddly enough, the original crystal was working very well in this microphone, and I have now offered it here, with my slight body mod (to include connector on the body). Very lightweight shell casing, and element make this a pleasure to hold while playing. Killer dirty crystal tone on this bad boy!

Manufacturer: Crown
Model: MC-10
Element: Vintage Original Crystal
Finish: Multi, EX
Grill: Multi, EX
Label: N/A
Tone: Hot, Dirty, Raunchy
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $295.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM942 – Shure/RCA small shell Bullet


vm942One 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 the RCA company, but was obviously still manufactured by Shure. The original crystal element was long gone, but I replaced it with a vintage NOS Astatic 127 Ceramic element. Ceramics are very similar to Crystal elements, but have more warmth overall, and less brightness, which means you can turn up a little bit more with less chance of feeding back with this microphone. Again, this is a very popular size and style, and very comfortable to hold.

Manufacturer: Shure
Model: RCA small shell
Element: NOS Astatic 127 Ceramic
Finish: Brown, VG
Grill: Chrome, VG-
Label: RCA
Tone: Warm, Thick, Fat
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $380.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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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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#VM965 – Turner 211 (grey)


vm965Yes, here is another very cool microphone design by the Turner company, model 211 I refer to this model as the “limousine” of bullet microphones for obvious reasons. The original dynamic element was useless, and I replaced it with a mellow European crystal element now. All the cool tonal characteristics of a crystal element, but with a warmer, mellower tone similar to that of a ceramic element. If you like the crystal sound but don;t want to battle shrillness or feedback issues, this may be for you. This model is a little bigger and heavier as you can see, but is still a very cool design and totally useable…I actually  use one myself from time to time.

Manufacturer: Turner
Model: 211
Element: Vintage European crystal
Finish: Grey, VG+
Grill: Grey, VG+
Label: Turner Rivet Tag
Tone: Warm, Round, Thick-
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $290.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM968 – Turner 55


vm968Now we have a rare Turner model, from early in the company’s history – the model 55 “Torpedo” (as it was advertised), circa 1938. This is smaller and more lightweight than your standard bullet style microphone, and a joy to hold. The original crystal element was dead, but I did replace it with an unused vintage european crystal that is very strong. This is one of my favorite microphones here for sale currently! A rare bird which happens to be slightly smaller, and a strong vintage crystal make this an awesome addition to your arsenal.

Manufacturer: Turner
Model: 55 C
Element: Vintage Crystal
Finish: Brown, G
Grill: Brown, G
Label: N/A
Tone: Fat, Raunchy, Hot
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $400.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM971 – RCA MI-12017


vm971This here is an RCA bullet style microphone, model MI-12017. Back between the late 1930s and into the late 1940s, RCA had several bullet microphone models, all with the same basic design and body, just with different paint schemes and different elements. Many times when you see these models, the grill is damaged (the grills is a little more fragile compared to other models), but I only sell these RCA bullets with grills fully intact. This model was dead upon arrival, but I replaced the element with a NOS vintage Japanese crystal and now it has a new lease on life. About the same size as a Shure Green Bullet, but with a different type of grille…more of an egg-shape. Very cool, and not your typical bullet microphone.

Manufacturer: RCA
Model: MI-12017
Element: Vintage NOS Japanese Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Brown, VG+
Label: N/A
Tone: Fat, Dirty, Round
Volume: Strong, A-
Price: $285.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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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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#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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