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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 - Silver Bullet – “standard” with gain control

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. The range of Silver Bullets have different sensitivities and sound characteristic although they all sound terrific with amplified harmonica with the power and 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.

Silver Bullet Range

For the cleanest sound (and distortion at high gain) – choose the 4KΩ dynamic microphone
For a relatively clean sound (and heavier distortion at high gain) – choose the 40KΩ dynamic microphone
For a combination of very clean (high fidelity vocal) sound that can be changed to relatively clean sound to heavier distortion (at high gain) – choose the 400-40KΩ switchable dynamic microphone

Dynamic Medium-Z impedance microphones

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. The 4KΩ produces a nice and clear sound at low to medium gain settings when uncupped, when cupped, it can give nice bluesy sound.

Dynamic 4,000Ω (4KΩ) – Key features: medium-Z | widest dynamic range | sensitivity lower than 40KΩ but higher than 400Ω | 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 micromphone 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 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 microphoones

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. The 40KΩ produces a nice and clear sound at low gain settings when uncupped, when cupped, it can give nice bluesy sound.

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

The microphone is has a really “hot” signal that is packed with full harmonic content and great bass with perfect mid-sound without treble. The 40KΩ offers the highest sensitivity of Silver Bullet range with 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. At lower gain the mic has clean sound across the harmonic range of higher fidelity. 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. Seamlessly switching between vocal and harmonica; mid-performance. 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.

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 two sizes:

Midi – small bullet mic with no gain | fits mic-stand
Standard – bullet with volume control | fits mic-stand

Microphones are available in a range of custom coloured fascia’s or just go for the lovely hard-wood finish.

What kind of Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphone should I buy?
The choice of harmonica microphone may be a little 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: medium or high-Z) or even what impedance is about (a measurement of the resistance of the microphone – divided into low, medium and high measured in ohms or Ω) 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.

If you don’t know the specification of your amplifier or can’t be bothered with that sort of thing – both the 4KΩ and 40KΩ dynamic microphones perform exceptionally well on most amps and when used with PA systems. Although perfect impedance matching is idea, 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 microphone. If in doubt please contact Rick for advice – who is always happy to advise.

Features

  • Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones
  • Great feedback rejection
  • Lightweight/small bullet
  • Robust construction for rigor of touring
  • Reliable dynamic element
  • Choice of impedance
  • Choice of gain or no gain bullets
  • Choice of size (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 - Silver Bullet – “midi” 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 Low-Z 400Ω dynamic harmonica microphone (the sound at Low-Z on the switchable mic) 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.

    For more see Reviews | Sound Samples

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