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INVENTORY UPDATED  2/15/2018

My Lo-Noise Cables are OUT OF STOCK but will be returning in 2018 along with other products!!

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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, STEVE GUYGERSOUTHSIDE JOHNNY, and many others. I have been building, re-building, restoring, and customizing vintage bullet style harp mics for 25+ years now, and probably have the biggest bullet microphone collection 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:

  

#VM992 – Astatic Model 30 Bullet


Here is an early vintage Astatic Bullet model 30. This is one of the very early JT-30 style models, with the original all brown finish, and the Youngstown “Astatic Microphone Lab” rivet tag. Cosmetically, this is in very good shape, especially for it’s age. The original crystal was dead, but I replaced it with a rare sought-after boldface vintage Brush crystal element. This has a new lease on life, and killer round crystal tone! I don’t sell many of these early JT-30 styles, and they are much harder to come by compared the standard Conneaut, OH made models, especially with the Microphone Lab” tag on them. If you want a classic crystal sound and a rare early model, this is it!

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 30 Bullet
Element: Vintage Brush Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG
Grill: Brown, VG
Label: Microphone Lab rivet
Tone: Dirty, Fat, Round
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $400.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD!

 

 

 

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#VM988 – Astatic Grey Crinkle JT-30

This Astatic model is another early variation on the standard Hammertoe Grey and Chrome finish. This model is all grey crinkle finish (including the grille) and is the original finish. Some of the depth of the crinkle finish is lost, but these models are pretty rare nowadays, I have sold very few of these in my lifetime. I replaced the dead crystal with a NOS Astatic 151 crystal, and now this baby kick ass! The old dirty black grill cloth was replaced with a cool silver cloth to go nicely with the original finish.

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: JT-30
Element: NOS Astatic 151 Crystal
Finish: Grey Crinkle, VG-
Grill: Grey Crinkle, VG-
Label: Corporation rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Round, Hot
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $375.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM995 – Astatic JT-30 Ceramic


Here is the classic standard Astatic JT-30 model, but with the ceramic element inside. This seems to be all original, including the MC-126 ceramic element. The ceramic elements are little more round, and warm, with a very nice bottom end, and some people think a bit more durable as well. Very similar to a crystal, with a little more headroom before you feedback. Rare vintage ceramic element, with great output!

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: JT-30
Element: Original vintage MC-126 Ceramic
Finish: Grey, EX
Grill: Chrome, EX
Label: Lightning Bolt rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Round, Warm
Volume: Strong, A
Price: $350.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

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#VM989 – Astatic W-80


This Astatic model W-80 is an all-brown variation of the JT-30 style. In excellent shape cosmetically, the original crystal was useless, but I replaced it with a NOS Astatic 151 crystal element. One of my current favorites here for sale, I used this recently on a few local gigs! I love these all brown JT-30 models, and the tone on this is badass…grab it while you can!

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: W-80
Element: Astatic NOS 151 Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG+
Grill: Brown, EX
Label: Logo rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Dirty, Hot
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $385.00
BUY IT NOW!

SOLD

 

 

 

 

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#VM987 – Shure 440


Here is a great bullet microphone made by Shure, very similar to the model 520 “Green Bullet”, but with a silver finish. Same style and size as a Shure Green Bullet, so if you like those, and want a killer vintage model with a strong output – this is for you! This one is in excellent condition, and really has a dirty tone to it.

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 440
Element: Original Vintage Controlled Magnetic
Finish: Silver, VG+
Grill: Polished, EX
Label: Green rivet tag
Tone: Fat, Dirty, Hot
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $325.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM969 – RCA MI-6202 Bullet


RCA made some very cool bullet microphones early in their history, and this model MI-6202 is one of the more obscure models. The original element was dead, but I did replace it with a rare Brush boldface crystal element. Fat and mellow tone with this microphone now, and classic crystal sound. The original taupe and polished brill finish is still there, and this microphone is about the same size as a Shure Green Bullet, but with a different style grille. Mellow tone on this is similar to a ceramic, which means less prone to feedback and more bottom end tone to this element.

Manufacturer: RCA
Model: MI-6202
Element: Vintage Brush Gold Crystal
Finish: Taupe, VG-
Grill: Polished, VG-
Label: Decal
Tone: Fat, Round, Warm
Volume: Strong, B+
Price: $295.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM990 – Astatic Brown Biscuit Model 30


This 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 one was too weak to use when I got it, but I replaced the dead crystal with a NOS Astatic 564 vintage crystal element, and this is one HOT Biscuit now! The size of the face is similar to a Shure Green Bullet, but the body is much smaller and lighter, and therefore easier to hold. Hot, dirty crystal tone with this Model 30 Biscuit now.

Manufacturer: Astatic
Model: 30
Element: Vintage Astatic Crystal
Finish: Brown, VG
Grill: Brown, VG
Label: N/A
Tone: Fat, Rauncjy, Hot
Volume: Strong, A+
Price: $300.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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#VM997 – Turner BX


One of the coolest looking bullet microphones ever made – the Turner “Challenger”. This is model BX (brown with a crystal element), but the original crystal was too weak to use. I have replaced it with a vintage gold Brush crystal element, and this thing is bad to the bone now. This element has a dark, ceramic-like tone to it, and is not very bright. However, this means, you have much more room before feedback, while still having that classic round crystal tone. This BX is in excellent condition as well.

Manufacturer: Turner
Model: BX
Element: Vintage Brush Crystal
Finish: Brown, EX
Grill: Brown, EX
Label: N/A
Tone: Fat, Round, Warm
Volume: Strong, B+
Price: $275.00
BUY IT NOW!

 

 

 

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•Accessories:

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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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