Ben Hewlett Reviews and Recommends the Silver Bullet

Ben Hewlett - Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphone
Ben Hewlett – Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphone

Ben Hewlett, United Kingdom
(Silver Bullet Dynamic | Medium-Z 4KΩ (gain) – lime green and Special Edition 40KΩ
Bens name and terrific harmonica playing will likely be familiar to many of you! Ben compares the Silver Bullets which he likes very much and recommends

Check out his video review comparing the 4KΩ (clean) and 40KΩ (dirty) Silver Bullets – which includes some cool playing showcasing the lovely tone of both these microphones when played by an expert!.

Silver Bullet | Special Edition Series

The Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special Series (with volume control) is a very special and top-of the range series of harmonica microphones available in low-Z (400Ω), medium-Z (4KΩ ) and high-Z (40KΩ ) models. The microphone is special in its unique looks, feel, features and especially sound which provides the same exception performance of the wider Silver Bullet range of mic’s – all providing lovely rich tone with full harmonic content and great bass. The heavy duty metal design, finished with a lovely bamboo fascia is a very nice look with a solid and robust industrial feel (there is a touch of steam-punk in its design!).

Feedback and excellent sound sample from Goran Begonja Manchester UK harp player – Silver Bullet | 4K Special (bronze):

“I am very happy with the microphone, it is nice, well made and it sounds nice. I like nice and clear sound when uncupped, which suits well type of music my current band is playing, but also, when cupped, it can give nice bluesy sound (as example attached, Honkin’ Tom’s Vintage 15g amp, a bit of delay on the pedal, and the golden melody in Bb). The microphone truly is a piece of artwork….”

Green Bullet vs Silver Bullet Comparison

Silverfish-Harmonicas’ “Silver Bullet” is arguable as good or better than the classic Green Bullet for amplified blues harp!

Every harp player knows about the Green Bullet and many use this mic as their mainstay for amplified harmonica playing. Silverfish Harmonicas’ “Silver Bullet” is arguably as good or even better than this classic Blues Mic! Certainly, the Silver Bullet is a lot smaller, lighter and neater than the green Bullet so in that respect you will notice a much easier hold and seal – the latter essential for good tone. The Silver Bullet also enables a much wider tonal range (controlling sound and tonal fidelity via the variable gain) than the Green Bullet which is an all or nothing distorted sound.

The Green Bullet is a high impedance mic with high output and good response over a range of 100-87000 hz using a controlled reluctance element 99A86. The best match to the Green Bullet in the Silver Bullet range is the two dynamic 4K-Z and 40K-Z. The 40K-Z is the hottest of the two with a fairly low head room for distortion. The range of the mic is a terrific 40-16,000 hz with no annoying mid-tonal honk with lovely creamy mid and low tones in particular. The 4K is slightly less powerful and sensitive but with a wider response of 20-20,000 hz and a slightly higher headroom to distortion. Both Silver Bullet Microphones enable you to dial in the sweet spot by using the gain to play clean sound or to dial up the gain and (with a touch of reverb) achieve great distorted sounds.

Check out Tim’s independent review of the Silver Bullet comparing it to the classic Green Bullet – CLICK HERE – for the video review and of the 40K-Z Dynamic Silver Bullet.

Rick
Silverfish Harmonicas

Silverfish harmonicas and the Oklahoma Tulsa Harmonica Summit 2018

It’s a privilege to once again help support this years Tulsa Harmonica Summit by providing a couple of the stunning new high impedance harp mics’ (dynamic 4kΩ an 40KΩ) for the “have a go session” and as a raffle prize – along with a lovely holster style pouch to keep them looking shiny.

The summit is set in beautiful Tulsa on Route 66 in Oklahoma on Saturday 21st April 2018.

The Summit has a line-up of some of Americas top harmonica players including performances by Charlie McCoy and Tim Gonzalis.

Route 66 Summit 2018
Route 66 Summit 2018

Activities include Blues Harmonica Workshops, an antique harmonica collection, harmonica care and repair classes and amplified harmonica techniques and you can also Jam along with some of the pro’s.

The event is also sponsored by the Blues Society of Tulsa and Hohner.

The poster and web-site are still in prep so this is one of the old fliers to whet your appetite.

Route 66 Summit 2015
Route 66 Summit 2015

Rick
Silverfish Harmonicas

Silver Bullet Medium-Z Dynamic | Ivory

Silver Bullet - Ivory
Silver Bullet – Ivory

The Silver Bullet |Dynamic Medium-Z Ivory mic is my pick of the month.

This is a very attractive piece of kit and a new member of the Silver Bullet harmonica microphone range. The medium impedance dynamic this is available in both “midi” (no vol. control). and “standard” (with vol. control) models. Both are a powerful new harmonica microphone with a strong rich and full sound. Adapted from an acoustic dynamic element this is a flexible microphone with a really “hot” signal that is fat – 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.

The tailored dynamic element provides some headroom to enable you to drive the mic’ and produce a classic “blues” harmonica sound – with a little help from your amp. The dynamic element has proven reliability and this ruggedly constructed mic’ is perfect for practice or gigging – especially mixed (harp/vocal) performance.

The dynamic medium-Z mic has a double foam and mesh build to avoid breath sound and enhancing vocal-sound quality when pronouncing plosive consonants. However, the mic’ can be upgraded for greater vocal performance with a separately purchased foam pop-filter/windscreen for effective reduction of wind noise and “popping” which is perfect for outdoor performance.

Like all silver bullets, the dynamic medium-Z mic’ can be stand-mounted and fits snugly in most small (fitting a 30mm barrel) microphone holders.

See link for vocal rig including: foam pop-filter/windscreen, enlarged mic case and rubber microphone holder

You my like to check out a sound sample and video review of this superb new harmonica microphone at: Review

This silverfish harp mic’ is an awesome, powerful little microphone with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design with many of the features a harmonica player wants and needs and is very technique sensitive.

Features:

  • Volume control
  • Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones and high fidelity
  • Great feedback rejection
  • Lightweight/small bullet
  • Robust construction for rigor of touring
  • Choice of gain or no gain control
  • 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

Specification:

  • Type: rugged dynamic
  • Functionality: performance harmonica and vocal
  • Impedance: Medium, unbalanced/powerful (hot) signal
  • Polar patter: uni-directional
  • Connector: 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack
  • 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack-plug socket
  • Case: anodised alloy
  • To purchase one of these beauties see the listing for the Midi Silver Bullet Medium-Z | Ivory (no gain) or Standard Silver Bullet Medium-Z | Ivory (no gain)

    Video review of the Silver Bullet Medium-Z Dynamic harmonica mic

    Jakub Svoboda from the Czech blues band “The Weathermakers” reviews the medium-Z dynamic silver bullet harmonica mic. Jakub uses Silverfish dynamic (Low and Medium-Z) and ceramic microphones as part of his rig and recons the silver bullets have taken his playing to “another level”!

    Check out his sound sample and video review of the new Medium-Z Dynamic harmonica microphone: video review

    Medium-Z Dynamic harmonica microphone - Review
    Dynamic Medium-Z Harmonica Microphone Review

    The Silver Bullet | Dynamic Medium-Z mic is a powerful new harmonica microphone with a strong rich and full sound. Adapted from an acoustic dynamic element this is a flexible microphone with a really “hot” signal that is fat – 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.

    The dynamic element provides some headroom to enable you to drive the mic’ and produce a classic “blues” harmonica sound – with a little help from your amp. The dynamic element has proven reliability and this ruggedly constructed mic’ is perfect for practice or gigging – especially mixed (harp/vocal) performance.
    Dynamic Medium-Z: Bullet-proof dynamic element, high power microphone with higher fidelity, medium impedance, rich-full sound characteristics (cupped and un-cupped), also suits rig with pedals and splitters; can also be used for vocal so ideal for mixed performance. Requires a medium or high impedance amplifier.

    See the listings for more details and the full range of Dynamic Medium-Z mic’s which are available in mini, midi and standard (with gain control) version – in a range of styles.

    Silver Bullet Dynamic Med-Z (no gain)
    Silver Bullet Dynamic Medium-Z (midi/no gain)

    New powerful medium-Z silver bullet

    Silver Bullet Dynamic – medium impedance harmonica microphones


    Silver Bullet Dynamic Med-Z (no gain)
    Silver Bullet Dynamic Med-Z (no gain)

    The Silver Bullet Dynamic | Medium-Z is a powerful new harmonica microphone with a strong rich and full sound. Adapted from an acoustic dynamic element this is a flexible microphone with a really “hot” signal that is fat – 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.

    The tailored dynamic element provides some headroom to enable you to drive the mic’ and produce a classic “blues” harmonica sound – with a little help from your amp. The dynamic element has proven reliability and this ruggedly constructed mic’ is perfect for practice or gigging – especially mixed (harp/vocal) performance.

    The mic has a double foam and mesh build to avoid breath sound and enhancing vocal-sound quality when pronouncing plosive consonants. However, the mic can be upgraded for greater vocal performance with a separately purchased foam pop-filter/windscreen for effective reduction of wind noise and “popping” which is perfect for outdoor performance.

    Like all silverfish harp mic’s, the unit can be stand-mounted and fits snugly in most small (fitting a 30mm barrel) microphone holders.

    See link for vocal rig including: foam pop-filter/windscreen, enlarged mic case and rubber microphone holder

    You my like to check out a sound sample and video review of this superb new harmonica microphone at: Link soon available

    This silverfish harp mic’ is an awesome, powerful little microphone with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design with many of the features a harmonica player wants and needs and is very technique sensitive.

    Features:

    • Volume control
    • Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones and high fidelity
    • Great feedback rejection
    • Lightweight/small bullet
    • Robust construction for rigor of touring
    • Choice of gain or no gain control
    • 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

    Specification:

    • Type: rugged dynamic
    • Functionality: performance harmonica and vocal
    • Impedance: Medium, unbalanced/powerful (hot) signal
    • Polar patter: uni-directional
    • Connector: 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack
    • 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack-plug socket
    • Case: anodised alloy
      • Vocal Rig - for Medium-Z Silver Bullet
        Vocal Rig – for Medium-Z Silver Bullet

    Jakub Svoboda reviews the Silver Bullet Harmonica Microphone

    Czech blues band “The Weathermakers” record their new EP with a Silverfish Harmonica Mic

    Jakub Svoboda, harmonica player in the Czech blues garage band “The Weathermakers” uses both Silverfish Dynamic and Cermaic microphones and recons the silver bullets have taken his playing to “another level”!

    Check out Jakub’s video review and sound sample of the Ceramic silver bullet harmonica microphone

    Jakub provided some terrific feedback on his review of a Silverfish Harmonica Blues Bullet Microphone.

    His feedback on his use of a dynamic (low-Z) silver Bullet harp mic when recording his latest EP with the Weathermakers was:

    “…it is absolutely stellar. Not only is it super-light, which really saves my back after a long gig, but man does it play! I have used it at almost all our shows and it took my playing to another level. Compared with classic harmonica mic’s such as the Shure Bullet and Superlux, the level of player comfort is simply incomparable. We have recently recorded a new EP with our band “The Weathermakers”, where I used the Silverfish exclusively: the studio guy was genuinely impressed with what the mic is capable of”
    Jakub Svoboda, The Weathermakers blues band

    Gear Review – Silver Bullet Dynamic and Ceramic Mic’s

    Check out the gear review and sound samples of the dynamic and ceramic mic’s by Tomlin of Tomlin Harmonicas [https://tomlinharmonicalessons.com]

    Gear Review – Silver Bullet Mic’s (Dynamic and Ceramic)

    Or

    Review of Silver Bullet Microphones and sound samples

    Silverfish Bullet Harmonica Microphone
    Silverfish Bullet Harmonica Microphone
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    Silverfish – blues bullet (r)
    Silverfish - blues bullet (b)
    Silverfish – blues bullet (b)
    Silverfish Bullet - Harmonica Mic
    Silverfish Bullet – Harmonica Mic
    Silverfish Bullet - Black Cat
    Silverfish Bullet – Black Cat

    Robert Vincent is using a silverfish harmonica microphone

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    robert-vincent
    Silverfish Harmonicas are thrilled that Robert Vincent is now using a silverfish harmonica as part of his rig.

    Robert Vincent “is the searingly honest Liverpool singer-songwriter whose mix of folk, rock and country is like a Mersey Van Morrison or a Scouse Springsteen”.

    2016 has been a fantastic year for Robert Vincent, who won the Bob Harris Emerging Artist Award at the first Americana Association UK Conference and Awards this February.
    “I am so impressed with Robert’s music. Strong songs laced with blues and country. He is the real deal” Bob Harris

    Robert recently signed to At The Helm Records, with a brand new album called ‘I’ll Make The Most Of My Sins’ due for release soon.

    “Vincent mixes Folk, Rock and Country, employing piano, strings and howling pedal steel against a gravel washed Richard Hawley vocal. A young man filled with dreams, regret and shocking talent, giving his all. Now is his time.” Mojo Magazine

    Check out Rob’s music: Robert Vincent – How Do You Sleep? (Recorded 23 January 2016 at Colston Hall, Bristol as part of the Paul Carrack tour)


    http://robertvincentmusic.com/

    Feedback to silverfish harmonicas: “Thanks for the speedy delivery of one of your Las Vagas Mics . It was a gift for Robert Vincent this is him in action next time he plays the harmonica be going through this mic!” Gemma Evans

    Rick
    silverfish-harmonicas
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    Handmade in the UK – used by harp players across the globe!

    The handmade artisan quality, great amplified sound and value for money of the Silverfish harmonica microphones are catching the attention of some of the harmonic players in countries around the world.

    I am proud to have supplied mic’s from the Silverfish range to satisfied customers across the globe with regular custom from Europe and the US but also to Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Europe and Australia. One of my most remote customers was in Tahiti in French Polynesia!

    The web brings us closer together and it is always a pleasure dealing personally with each interested player and often receive feedback which is always appreciated!

    Check-out the maps which show the recent website audience for the site which reflects the wide range of interest in silverfish microphones.

    Thanks for your interest folks
    Rick
    www.silverfish-harmonicas.com

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    Feedback received from satisfied customers

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    Here is some of the recent feedback from satisfied customers (happily all so far!) who have bought and use a Silverfish Harmonica Mic for their amplified harmonica playing:

    Paul Barley, Grimsby, UK
    (Silver Bullet Dynamic | Medium-Z Mic – black cat with gain)
    Great value and super fast service, product as described A+++++

    Grenville Fletcher, Leeds, UK
    (Silver Bullet Dynamic | Low-Z Mic – black cat with gain)
    Thank you, received well packed, quick delivery, pleased with purchase

    Paul Costes, Pyrenees, France
    (Silver Bullet Dynamic | Low-Z Mic – Jade with gain)
    Transaction sans problem, Vendeur serieux. Envoi rapide. A recommender. Merci

    Daniele Brignoli, Brescia, Italy
    (Silver Bullet Ceramic | High-Z Mic – poker chip)
    Unique item, great seller, fantastic communication!! A+++

    Colin, UK
    (Silver Bullet Dynamic | Low-Z wood with gain)
    Really loving the mic and customer service was way good. Thank you

    Nick – Batfink17_1
    (Silver Bullet Ceramic | High-Z black cat)
    Excellent mic really worked well in rehearsal today cheers Rick

    Jakub Svoboda from the Czech blues band “The Weathermakers” reviews the medium-Z dynamic silver bullet harmonica mic. Jakub uses Silverfish dynamic (Low and Medium-Z) and ceramic microphones as part of his rig and recons the silver bullets have taken his playing to “another level”! Check out his sound sample and video review of the new Medium-Z Dynamic harmonica microphone: video review

    Tomlin Leckie – YouTube “Harmonica Microphone Blowout” Check out this great independent review by Tomlin of the Silverfish Bullet Ceramic Microphone alongside his other top favourite harp mics

    Peter Thompson, Queensland, Australia
    (Silverfish Bullet Ceramic Mic – blues wood)
    Great mic…will get another soon!

    Jakub Svoboda, harmonica player in the Czech blues garage band “The Weathermakers”
    (Ceramic Silverfish Bullet Mic)
    Jakub uses a Silverfish microphone and recons the mic’s taken his playing to “another level”! Check out Jakub’s video review and sound sample of the silverfish harmonica bullet microphone

    Silverfish Ceramic Harmonica - Bullet Microphone Review
    Silverfish Ceramic Harmonica – Bullet Microphone Review

    Georgios Trakadas, Athens, Greece
    (Silverfish Bullet Ceramic Mic – blues wood)
    Really sweet tone and light weight microphone, thank you

    George Manno, Illinois, United States (Dynamic Silverfish Mic – black cat)
    Richard, my new microphone arrived the other day. Right out of the package I could see that this mic is a serious piece of equipment. The first thing I did was to gather a handful of harmonicas and head into my practice room. I began using my Fender Blues Junior. I was surprised how responsive the microphone is. It doesn’t take much to launch this rocket. I moved to my small 5 watt boutique amp. I got some amazing tones from my harp and the mic captured them all. Finally, I ran the mic through my stage amp; An Egnater 20-watt Rebel head with a matching cabinet filled with a 12” Weber. There is plenty of mojo in the little microphone. This mic is a keeper!! My first thought was, I should have ordered two.

    Richard, I have used 50 or 60 different “bullet” mics and I have a box full of old “57s”. Your microphone are every bit as good if not better. I can not wait to record with it.  GjM


    Jakub Svoboda, The Weathermakers, Czech Republic
    (Dynamic Silverfish Mic, Blues Wood)
    Hi Rick …. I am coming back to you with my feedback on your mic. I have to say, it is absolutely stellar. Not only is it super-light, which really saves my back after a long gig, but man does it play! I have used it at almost all our shows and it took my playing to another level. Compared with classic harmonica mics such as the Shure Bullet and Superlux, the level of player comfort is simpy incomparable. We have recently recorded a new EP with our band “The Weathermakers”, where I used the Silverfish exclusively: the studuio guy was genuinely impressed with what the mic is capable of.

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    The Weathermakers
    The Weathermakers

    …. you can hear what the “‘fish” sounds like on our bandzone pages – http://bandzone.cz/theweathermakers. The fisrt four songs are from the new EP, “Dnes!” [Today!] We are also going to make a video from the session: I will be happy to send it to you when it is finished – hoping to get a glimpse of your mic in there. … I am thinking about buying another one of your things – what would you recommend? All the best from Brno, CR. Jakub Svoboda

    Damon Green, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    (Ceramic Silverfish Mic, Blues Wood)
    Superb product, amazing service

    Manfred Kruse, London, United Kingdom
    (Ceramic Silverfish mic, Quicksilver)
    Professional service all round!

    Anna Howe, Swindon, United Kingdom
    (Dynamic Silverfish Mic, Cool Wood)
    Great thanks.. the greatest

    Daniele Brignoli, Travagliato, Italy
    (Dynamic Silverfish Mic, Cool Wood)
    Hey Rick – mic arrived today, I plugged into a slightly distorted amp just when arrived and .. WOW – well.. Sound is OUTSTANDING ..! but I’m really happy not only for this .. Also finishing is so nice.. It’s Very good looking. Thank you for your efforts and the love you put into these beautiful little things. Thanks!! This is an outstanding mic for nice price, truckin’. GREAT tones! Daniele

    C Ellis, Cutler Bay, Florida United States
    (Ceramic Silverfish Mic, Black Cat)
    Little miss-communication was quickly rectified – love the product

    Petr Wohlmuth, Rokycany, Czech Republic
    (Ceramic Silverfish mic, Quicksilver)
    Light body, great sound! Quickest delivery! Thanks!

    Jean-Luc Navette, Lyon, France
    (Dynamic Silverfish Mic, Black Cat)
    Thankx a lot i received it and tried it !!!!! it’s a blast !!! i love it. This black cat is evil!!!!!!! silverfish harmonicas makes some fantastic microphones!

    Scalone Alessanra. Bergosesia V.C. Italy
    (Ceramic Silverfish Mic, Lime Green)
    Veloce e serio, professionale , consigliato 100%!!! ottimo affare

    David Evans, Liverpool, UK
    (Dynamic Silverfish Mic/Blues Silverfish Bullet Mic – Las Vegas)
    Arrived am 26th April. As described, great item from reliable seller. David

    James Robbie, South Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
    Rick, Got the mic couple of days ago, really happy with the way it fits in the hand. I used it at a jam through the pub PA system with a bunch of rowdy guitars and drums it carved really good and not even a hint of feedback. I was hoping to get on my banjo or cigar box guitars but the bandleader just made me play harmonica on set for over an hour. Anyway hopefully I can really get some nitty gritty through my amp today … it also fits neatly in my pelican case, I really like it so far. Some of the gig was being filmed I’ll let you know if it pops up somewhere on the net. Cheers JR

    Brian Hughes – Eccles, UK
    Hi Rick – Received the Mic this morning, first class service, top quality product. Have tried it through my Roland FX mobile cube which I use to practice – sounds superb on this … I play with a small band in drinking holes, lots of varied music. I play the harp solo on “Dirty Old Town” great with your Mic – normally on a G diatonic but tried this morning with a Tremolo harp. Sounds really crisp and clear – another good selling point for anyone playing this type of Harp.

    Tom Lauten
    I love the look and layout of your mic’s, very modern and logical but with a nice industrial feel as well, nice job.

    Tom
    Great Mic and very helpful seller. Couldn’t ask for more

    Famousfieldy
    Excellent piece of kit

    Typhoons_2007
    Item received in good order… well pleased!

    Daveguitarlewis
    Very nice, light, small, outstanding!! Good communication!!

    Bart de Vos Netherlands
    Hi Rick,

    I’ve been impressed by the Silverfish Harp Mic III since it arrived a couple of weeks ago. Sounds great through my valve combo and is comfortable to hold and work with. I’m recently back to harmonica playing after a 20 year absence from the sport and found that my old harps were very much past their best so invested in some new ones.

    The combination of this harp and the mic gives a whole new perspective on what can be done with such a simple instrument!

    Thanks Chris Brady Bedfordshire UK
    Hello Rick

    The Silverfish Mic III works exceptionally well and I am pleased. My friend who is a guitarist thinks its just great . Thanks again for your service and keep in touch. Best wishes for the future.

    Brian – The Harmonica Man (Chromatic harmonica player) Manitouwadge Canada
    Fast delivery, well packaged, great comms & great mic!!

    Chris Brady UK
    Harmonica Player Kenny Boag of the “Blues Devils” uses a Silverfish Harp Mic as part of his rig and loves its size, terrific tonal range and versatility: “This beauty is easy to cup and easy to get a good seal on – one of the most important aspects of great amplified tone”

    For full review: http://www.silverfish-harmonicas.com/recommendation-harmonica-player-kenny-boag-blues-devils/

    Tomlin Leckie tomlinharmonicalessons.com Strollers Music School
    Hello, Tomlin from tomlinharmonicalessons.com here to give you a review of the Silverfish Harmonica Mic III.

    Tomlin Leckie
    Tomlin Leckie
    Tomlin Leckie
    Tomlin Leckie reviews the Silverfish Harp Mic III
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    ” ..you can get some very tasty creamy overdrive without the annoying mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. So, you can really cover all the bases..”

    “What does it sound like when you plug it in? The answer is, good and very versatile”

    I am a full-time harmonica teacher and player based in Edinburgh, Scotland. I teach people all over the world through Skype and my online harmonica school. Personally, I play a lot of blues, Jazz, R&B and funk/soul which sees me playing in function bands, original bands as well as recording sessions.

    The Silverfish Harmonica Mic III microphone is specifically designed for blues harmonica players and features a ceramic element which can go from clean to creamy overdrive. The first thing that is a big plus for me is how nice and compact the microphone is. I personally don’t have the biggest hands in the world and I often struggle with the typical harmonica mic; The Green Bullet. As a result, I normally use a stick microphone such as a Shure SM57. The reason that it is so important to have a microphone that fits your hand size is that you want to create an airtight seal around the harmonica and microphone in order to get the biggest “tone” you can. Already, without plugging in I could tell that the Silverfish would make it easy to get a decent seal.

    Furthermore, it has a big advantage of the SM57 in that it is much lighter so you don’t get hand cramp after a long practice or performance. There are a couple of nice details which confirm that Rick knows what harmonica players want and need. For example, the volume knob is small and very firm which means you are not going to accidentally twist it in the middle of a particularly enthusiastic harmonica solo. Another nice detail is the rubber around the microphone element itself which serves two purposes. Firstly, it means that the harmonica isn’t going slip out of your hands when they get sweaty (a real issue!). Secondly, it also helps the airtight seal by making sure that no air can get out of the pop shield around the microphone element.

    Okay, enough about the nice design!

    What does it sound like when you plug it in?

    The answer is, good and very versatile. It is naturally a very clean microphone but when you cup it tightly and with a little help from the amplifier you can get some very tasty creamy overdrive without the annoying (in my opinion) mid-range honk you get from a lot of microphones. So, you can really cover all the bases which is great for me as I will quite often find myself playing some old Chicago blues then some jazz standards in the same set.

    Finally, it is so affordable that everyone should have one either as your only microphone harmonica or as a spare in your gig bag.”

    Andreas Rassow Germany
    Nice light, little Micro. Easy to handle. Sounds good. Vielen Dank!!! I am happy

    Robert Park Glasgow
    Excellent buy *****A+++++ star all the way thank you

    Dean Hinchcliffe, Western Australia
    Sweet!

    Shane Chamberlain Melbourne, Australia
    Awesome!

    Julia Sokolova Tulskaia, Russia
    Excellent Thank You

    Matt Gray Dunoon, Argyll Scotland UK
    Top Class, Many Thanks, Would Use Again, Grade A+++++

    Kenny Boag of the Blues Devils


    Kenny Boag - Blues Devils

    Click her for Silverfish Harp Mic_Sound Sample

    Hi, my name is Kenny Boag and I have been playing harp since I was 17 years of age that means I have been playing for …….. well a long time! For a large part I have played in electric bands covering a range of genres including blues, rockabilly, folk and even pop! However I have mainly played in blues bands and my first and abiding love is still big, fat Chicago blues! This has required me to immerse myself in the quest to find and develop that iconic Chicago amplified tone. It has been a long and expensive journey where my many mistakes and preconceptions have led me down blind alleys and involved hasty and ill-advised expenditure. In all of this I have learned a number of key lessons:

    Little Walter sounds like little Walter because he was Little Walter!

    About 80% of what makes his sound is down to his acoustic style, the way he mixes tongue blocking and lip pursing – his ability to move between single notes and chords and octaves, the size of his hands and the shape of his mouth. The remaining 20% is down to the microphone and amplifier or in his case the tube driven PA he used to play through. Unfortunately many will think the opposite, like I did, and neglect the fundamentals and think they can buy that sound with a combination of expensive mics and big amplifiers. WRONG! Get you acoustic playing and fundamental sound and style right and your gear will add the finishing touches not the other way round. Look at James Cotton – basic vocal mic straight into the PA and what a sound!

    Set a budget

    I have spent well over £2000 pounds in my quest for amplified sound. I have bought over 10 different mics, pre-amps, noise gates, feedback suppressors, effects pedals, vacuum tubes and amplifiers and lost a fortune on them all. Now some of that is linked with the above and some of that is simply that I fell for all the sales nonsense and hollow promises given. If you are going to buy, go and speak to other harp players. We have all made these mistakes to a greater or lesser extent and we are a collegiate bunch in the main that are happy to share our views and experiences. But like anything there is a Rolls Royce option and a mini metro option – you will need to be realistic and pick what is you and what you can afford but more importantly what it is you need. For example – if you are going to play in your living room then you do not need anything more than a small 5 watt amp and a half decent mic that cups easily. If you are going to play small pub type gigs then you have a variety of options ranging from a small 15 watt amp to a pre-amp that plugs into the PA – getting slightly bigger you may need a line out on your amp to the PA (depends if your guitarist thinks he is Eddie Van Halen).

    I play regularly – I play mostly in medium to large venues and I have a couple of original Astatic JT-30 mics and I play through a customised Fender Blues Deville 4X10 60 watt amp. That is far too much for a small pub gig and on the odd occasion I do play smaller venues I have a custom built preamp that I plug straight into the PA. So, its horses for courses and you should pick what suits and make the best of it.

    Decide what you want to sound like

    We all have harp heroes that we want to aspire to sound like. Mine are original guys like Little Walter, Sonny Boy, James Cotton and Paul Butterfield but I also love more modern players such as Rick Estrin, Andy Just, James Harman and Lester Butler. But if your boat is floated by Sonny Terry then you don’t need a big rig. Be careful and chose what suits.

    Silverfish Harp Mic

    So – following the above are essential. I have recently acquired one of Rick Park’s most excellent Silverfish Harp Mics. When it arrived I was firstly struck by its shape and size. I am 6’5″ tall and I have big hands but even I struggle to cup a big bullet mic solidly for 2-3 hours of playing in a hot and sweaty venue. This beauty is easy to cup and easy to get a good seal on – one of THE most important aspects of great amplified tone. In addition it has probably the best placed and easiest to use volume pots that I have ever come across. That makes varying tone and volume very easy and as well as managing the harp layer’s nemesis, feedback, much more achievable. As far as tone – this baby barks really well at the bass end and covers the mids to high tones with little or no break up or squeal. Its range is terrific and its versatility a joy. I will be shortly be recording a Youtube video where I will demonstrate this in a bit more detail.

    In short I really like the Silverfish Harp Mic and it is now firmly a feature in my gigging back-line. I would have to be honest and say that it would not replace my vintage mics as first choice for playing with an electric Chicago Blues band. But you should bear in mind that at less than a third of the price the trade off in tone is well worth the price and on that basis I would recommend this mic for those of you that don’t have the where-with-all to shell out £300 on a vintage bullet mic but still want excellent performance and a great sound. I have started playing as part of an acoustic duo and the Silverfish Mic gives me great service in that format as it allows me to blend an acoustic and amplified sound to great effect. I have received numerous enquiries from fellow players and I suspect they may soon be beating a path to Rick’s door or visiting his website:

    www.silverfish-harmonicas.com

    I hope this helps and if you want to chat more then I can be contacted through the good offices of my mate and harp expert Rick Park of Silverfish Harmonicas!

    Kenny Boag of the Blues Devils

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    Silverfish Dynamic Bullet

    Silverfish Bullet Harmonica Microphone
    Silverfish Bullet Harmonica Microphone

    Silverfish Dynamic Bullet

    The Silverfish Dynamic Bullet  is a real beauty and one of the smallest performance harmonica microphones you can get. Similar to the Silverfish harmonica range in all its performance but with no volume control this enable miniaturisation and lower cost. The mic is perfect for entry level to amplified harmonica playing or if you fancy a really small bullet mic that delivers, but don’t mind boosting your output or controlling feedback through your amplifier.

    Silverfish Moothie Harmonica Microphone

    A lovely looking new model is now available with either a ceramic or dynamic element. The Silverfish Ceramic Harmonica Mic – moothie wood is named after the moothie or Scottish harmonica.  The mic offers precisely the same performance as the other ceramic and harmonica microphones with a lovely new classic and simple style in beautiful hard wood.

    Check it out!

    Silverfish Moothie Harmonica Microphone
    Silverfish Moothie Harmonica Microphone

     

    The quality of the build is seen in the attention to detail!

     

    Silverfish harmonica microphones – quality build

    Silverfish harmonica microphones are precisely built with attention to detail throughout. The precision build seen on the outside is a reflected of the care of construction inside to provide the confidence and reliability you demand from a good harmonica mic.

    Careful impedance matching of the potentiometer, quality components and expert wiring and construction. The seating of the element (sealed and protected with a gasket) and spotless finish and attention to detail all go show that this is a first class mic. If you have any doubts take a look at the feedback and the reviews.

    It’s definitely worth adding  a Silverfish to your harmonica rig!

    Rick

    Silverfish Harmonicas

    www.silverfish-harmonicas.com

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    Silverfish Harmonica Mic_Casino

    Gamble with this superb special edition of the Silverfish harmonica mic family

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    Silverfish Dynamic Harmonica Mic – Las Vegas

     

    The Silverfish Dynamic Harmonica Mic – Las Vegas is the latest of a range of specialty precision built custom microphones for blues and chromatic harp players. Made with a real poker chip this mic is both unique and great looking. 
     
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    Silverfish Harmonica Mic_Casino

     Silverfish Dynamic Harmonica Mic – Casino

    This new silverfish harp mic’ is truly an awesome microphone with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design with many of the features a harmonica player wants and needs and is very technique sensitive. Holding this mic in your hand – you realise this kit is a bit special!  An item of quality and beauty – not to mention its sound when playing amplified harmonica through a good amp!

     

    A new dynamic mic on the scene!

    Silverfish Dynamic Harp Mic

    The Silverfish Dynamic Harp Mic is a relatively new addition to the range of specialty precision built custom microphones for blues and chromatic harp players. It has at its heart a bulletproof dynamic element that provides a rich sound texture and harmonic content with headroom to enable you to drive the mic’ and produce a classic “blues” sound – with a little help from your amp. The mic’ is low/medium impedance which means it suits a rig that typically includes pedals, splitters etc and provides an added benefit of reducing or even muting an amp that is subject to hum. Dynamic mic’s are also practically bulletproof while providing a microphone that is rich in tone and performance. The harmonic response and sensitivity is similar to the Harp Mic II/III.

    Like it’s ceramic brother the microphone’s size and shape provides a durable design which is smaller than a Marine Band and fits neatly in your hand and pocket. It is a perfect size for getting a really good seal for amplified harmonica playing which is much easier than with a larger bullet mic. Another nice detail is the rubber around the head of the mic’ which serves two purposes: firstly it means that the harmonica isn’t going slip out of your hands when they get sweaty (a real issue!); secondly it helps achieve a consistent airtight seal around the harmonica and microphone to get the biggest “tone” you possibly can.

    From the outside the ceramic and dynamic mic’s are identical – but their elements different and they have a carefully (impedance) matched volume pots for maximum control and performance.

    The mic’ is very light in your hand and is easy to hold with a harmonica while performing so you don’t get hand cramp after a long practice or performance. The volume knob is small and very firm which means you are not going to accidentally twist it in the middle of a particularly enthusiastic harmonica solo. The sensitive volume control provides you with excellent control to boost your output or control feedback.

    The mic’ connects to a valve or solid state amplifier with a standard 1/4″ (6.3mm) guitar jack-plug socket.

    This silverfish harp mic’ is truly an awesome microphone with technology and craftsmanship that delivers a compact design with many of the features a harmonica player wants and needs and is very technique sensitive.

    Features:

    • Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones
    • Great feedback rejection
    • Built-in volume control
    • Lightweight anodized alloy bullet design
    • Rubber sleeve to improve hand-seal
    • Stainless steel grill with acrylic fascia cover
    • Durable design
    • Holster-style case

    Specification:

    • Element: Dynamic (gasket protected for bullet proof durability)
    • Sensitivity: 1mV/Pa/kHz or 94dB
    • Frequency range: 100 – 10 000 Hz
    • Impedance: low/medium impedance output 200 Ω
    • Weight: 105g
    • Black anodised alloy housing
    • Dimensions: (Ø x H) 3.5cm (mic’ head) x 9cm
    • 1/4″  (6.3mm) jack-plug socket
    • Omnidirectional and unbalanced

     

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    Silverfish Mic_Lime Green

    Rick

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