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Silver Bullets are small artisan-quality handmade harmonica microphones. The microphones are rich in tone and high in performance with many of the features that a harmonica player requires. Perfect for practice or gigging the mics have been developed specifically for harmonica and their heavy duty compact design and reliability stands up to the rigor of touring!

Silver Bullet - "standard" with gain control Silver Bullet – “standard” with gain control

Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphones

What kind of Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphone should I buy?
The choice of harmonica mic’s is daunting. If you are struggling to select the right harmonica microphone or are unclear on the difference between the versions of Silver Bullet available (different impedance: low medium or high-Z) or even what impedance is about – don’t worry! Hopefully this summary of the Silver Bullet range will help you understand their different characteristics and help you select a mic that is best for you.

Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphones – a range of performance characteristics

The ranges of Silver Bullet microphones reflect difference output impedance to match your needs and amplifier rig. Impedance is a measurement of the resistance of the microphone and can be divided into low (40–1,000 ohms or Ω), medium and high (>20,000Ω or >20KΩ) impedance. The range of Silver Bullets have different sensitivities and sound characteristic although they all sound terrific with amplified harmonica. Some are perfect for practice and small venue performance – but may need pre-amplification and/or impedance matching to boost their power for large venue performance. Others have a much hotter signal and provide both the power and greater scope for driving the mic for distortion effect. The following summary of the Silver Bullets and their characteristics with hopefully help you decide which is best for you and your rig. If in doubt please contact Rick for advice – who is always happy to advise:

Summary of Silver Bullet Range
Dynamic Low-Z impedance
Silver Bullet | Dynamic low-Z provide a microphone with a strong, rich and full sound across the dynamic range but with headroom for crunch-distortion effects. Great for practice and small venue performance with scope for impedance conversion and/or pre-amp boost for optimal power and performance.
Dynamic 400Ω – Key features: low-Z | wide dynamic range | high sensitivity | high fidelity | harmonica and vocal | lower head room to distortion | match to a high impedance amplifier | pre-amplification and or impedance matching for volume boost

This is a powerful harmonica microphone with a strong rich and full sound. Adapted from an acoustic dynamic element this is a flexible microphone with a “hot” signal that is fat and packed with full harmonic content and great bass. The mic has perfect mid-sound without treble – with clear intonation. A high-fidelity sound that can be used as both a powerful performance harp microphone and a vocal mic – perfect for blues and country singers. If you like crunch distortion – turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve a crunchier sound when used in conjunction with reverb – producing a classic “blues” harmonica sound. Depending on your rig you may need pre-amplification and or impedance matching to boost the microphones power for higher ear-splitting volume or large venue performance. Dynamic microphones have proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging – blues, country or chromatic harmonica performance. This mic needs to be matched to a high impedance sockets on your amplifier.

Dynamic Medium-Z impedance
Silver Bullet | Dynamic medium-Z provide a more powerful microphone with a strong, rich and full sound across the dynamic range but with headroom for crunch-distortion effects. Headroom slightly higher, and sensitivity slightly lower than high-z

Dynamic 4,000Ω (4KΩ) – Key features: medium-Z | widest dynamic range | sensitivity lower than 40KΩ but higher than 40Ω | higher head room to distortion | match to high impedance amplifier | gain control to avoid clipping distortion for clean sound | turn up gain for overload distortion

This mic produces a lovely rich tone with full harmonic content and great bass. This element has the widest frequency response and dynamic range of the Silver Bullets with a slightly lower sensitivity and thus, a higher headroom to distortion. This produces clear and rich low, mid and high sound without excessive treble. Alternatively, if you like crunch distortion – turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve a crunchier sound when used in conjunction with reverb – producing a classic “blues” harmonica sound. This microphone’s “natural” tone is considerably cleaner than the 40KΩ dynamic mic’, however it can be easily pushed into dirty ranges by cranking gain on both amplifier and microphone. The 4KΩ dynamic mic’ is therefore a great choice for flexibility of sound – as it performs exceptionally well with both acoustic/folk and dirty blues amplified sound. Dynamic microphones also have proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging – blues, country or chromatic harmonica performance. This mic needs to be matched to a high impedance sockets on your amplifier.

Dynamic High-Z impedance
Silver Bullet | Dynamic high-Z provide a more powerful microphone with a strong, rich and full sound across the dynamic range but with headroom for crunch-distortion effects. Headroom slightly lower, and sensitivity slightly higher than medium-z
Dynamic 40,000Ω (40KΩ): Key features: high-Z | high-Z | wide dynamic range | high sensitivity and 20 dB higher output that 400Ω | lower head room to distortion | match to high impedance amplifier | gain control to avoid clipping distortion for clean sound | turn up gain for overload distortion

This mic is packed with full harmonic content and great bass. The mic’ has perfect mid-sound without treble, with clear intonation. With the highest sensitivity of Silver Bullet range this mic’ also has slightly lower headroom so if you like crunch distortion – turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve a crunchier sound when used in conjunction with reverb – producing a classic “blues” harmonica sound. Dynamic microphones have proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging – blues, country or chromatic harmonica performance. This mic’ needs to be matched to a high impedance sockets on your amplifier.

Dynamic switchable 400Ω and 40,000Ω (40KΩ) – Key features: low-Z/high-Z | wide dynamic range | high sensitivity, switch from 400Ω to 40KΩ for 20 dB increase in sensitivity and power | switch to 400Ω for vocal high fidelity | lower head room to distortion | match to high impedance amplifier | gain control to avoid clipping distortion for clean sound | turn up gain for overload distortion

This is a switchable/variable impedance microphone that particularly suits mixed performance of both vocal and harmonica playing. This allows you to select between a high fidelity (sound quality) 400Ω or a high impedance output (40KΩ) for higher sensitivity and power as well as scope for driving the mic to produce crunch distortion effect for your amplified harmonica playing. With the highest sensitivity of Silver Bullet range this mic’ also has slightly lower headroom so if you like crunch distortion – turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve a crunchier sound when used in conjunction with reverb – producing a classic “blues” harmonica sound. Dynamic microphones have proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging – blues, country or chromatic harmonica performance. This mic’ needs to be matched to a high impedance sockets on your amplifier.

Ceramic 200,000Ω (200KΩ) – Key features: high-Z | wide frequency response | high sensitivity | lower head room to distortion | match to very high impedance amplifier 2MΩ | turn up gain for overload distortion

This is a very high impedance ceramic mic that provides a sharper sound texture with a bit more treble. The mic has a lovely clean harmonic content also with headroom for distortion straight out of the box. The element uses the same old technology as the original crystal microphones from the 50′s but with the benefit of durability. It’s a clean sound but when you cup it firmly, and with a little help from the amplifier, you can get some very tasty, creamy overdrive without the annoying mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. The Ceramic high-Z mic can also be used with affect pedals. The ceramic High-Z needs to be matched to a very high (ideally =/> 2M Ω) impedance sockets on your amplifier.

Whichever one [or two] you choose, Silver Bullets are all awesome harmonica mic’s with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design and are both very technique sensitive with top-of-the range features.

Customise your Silver Bullet harmonica microphones

Microphones are supplied in a variety of styles that provide you with a choice of customised look and as either a bullet mic with adjustable gain or as a very small bullet microphone with no volume control. Microphones are therefore available in three sizes:

Mini – very small bullet mic with no gain
Midi – small bullet mic with no gain | fits mic-stand/slightly more to hold [than the Mini] when performing
Standard – bullet with volume control | fits mic-stand

Safe bet for out-of-the-box high performance: 4KΩ or 40KΩ dynamic microphones
If you don’t know the specification of your amplifier or can’t be bothered with that sort of thing – don’t worry! As a safe bet both the 4KΩ and 40KΩ dynamic microphones perform well on most amps and when used with PA systems. Sub-optimal impedance matching may be compensated for with adjustment of microphone gain and amp settings or use of a pre-amplifier. Of course to get the very best out of your microphone in terms of volume, sound quality and performance you ideally need to ensure that the microphone you plug into your amplifier is matched to an input that is ideally about 10x that of your mic – so knowing amp specifications is ideal.

Silver Bullet - "midi" without volume control Silver Bullet – “midi” without volume control

Microphones are available in a range of custom styles or just go for the lovely hard-wood finish.

Features

  • Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones
  • Great feedback rejection
  • Lightweight/small bullet
  • Robust construction for rigor of touring
  • Choice of dynamic or ceramic element
  • Choice of impedance
  • Choice of gain or no gain bullets
  • Choice of size (mini, midi or standard bullet)
  • Steel mesh grille with choice of fascia
  • Two-stage mesh & foam to reduce breath noise
  • Shock-mount design reduces handling noise
  • Rubber sleeve to improve hand-seal
  • Quality electronic components and connector
  • Holster-style case
  • One year guarantee
  • Silver Bullet – “mini” without volume control

    Silver Bullet – “mini” without volume control

    Reviews
    Check out a comparison of some of these handmade harmonica microphones by Tomlin Leckie in his independent review: gear review.

    Check out the review of Silverfish Bullet Microphones and sound samples

    Check out Jakub Svoboda’s review of Silverfish Ceramic Bullet, Jakub is the harmonica player in the Czech blues garage band “The Weathermakers” and recons the silver bullet harmonica mic has taken his playing to “another level”.

    Check out this great independent review by Tomlin Leckie of the Silverfish Bullet Ceramic Microphone alongside his other top favourite harp mics.

    Check out Tomlin’s gear review and sound sample of the Silverfish Ceramic – Harmonica Bullet Microphone.

    Check out a sound sample and video review of the superb new Low-Z 400Ω dynamic harmonica microphone at: Review

    Check out Tim’s Douthit’s (harmonica player from MI, US) independent review and sound sample of the Dynamic 40K-Z Silver Bullet comparing it to the classic Green Bullet – CLICK HERE – for the video review and of the 40K-Z Dynamic Silver Bullet.

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