Nowadays there are so many "custom mic builders" and so-called "harmonica microphone experts" on the internet, so what exactly makes ME and what I offer any different, and why do so many pros (such as the ones pictured above) trust me with their microphone choices?
I take custom orders when my schedule allows, and I carve time out of my touring and recording schedule to build an inventory of microphones to sell. If you are looking for something in particular that you don't see here, or have a question about a microphone you see here for sale, fill out the form on the Contact Page and I will reply when I am back at my workbench.
Please Remember - super loud volume is not always the best option, unless you have technique AND an amplified rig that can control the high output of an extremely high gain microphone. Also, please remember that those meter readings you see on some "microphone sellers" posts 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 are to test and grade microphones for other players - especially if they also know how to do the work. Think about it - if he had the skills, would you trust Buddy Guy more to test, design and rebuild 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 - Even if you get your hands on a vintage microphone that works, there is zero guarantee that it will withstand "performance usage" cupped in the hands by a harmonica player. It's that simple. Plus, testing any microphone out on only ONE amplifier is never a safe bet because the different circuitry, wattage, and different speaker configurations can make a huge difference. All my microphones go through rigorous testing by yours truly.In all my demo videos, I use multiple amps so you get a realistic idea of how these microphones sound with a variety of amps - such as a small amp (1x8" speaker), a mid-size amp (usually 1x12" speaker) and a bigger amp (usually a HarpKing 4x10" or 6x10" model).
All microphones come with 1/4" adapter attached (as pictured in photos, so you can just plug in a guitar cord and play). US shipping is done mainly with USPS Priority Mail at (my preferred method with least amount of issues in my experience), which also includes packing & insurance. 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 the rare case that you may 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 microphone orders are welcome, and I have been shipping to international customers for many years. Keep in mind that the shipping price is higher. You can even enquire before buying for an approximate shipping rate.
What about the "other guys"? -While there are a couple other reputable sellers out there, none others that I know specialize in vintage crystal microphones for harmonica. So when buying microphones from an amateur player, builder and/or antique dealer, especially on eBay and other online auctions...Buyer Beware! Especially watch out for the "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 not only re-built by myself, but also tested in several ways and used in the demo 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.