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

 

Silverfish Mic_Lime Green
Silverfish Mic_Lime Green

Rick

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Harmonica player & teacher Tomlin Leckie reviews the Silverfish Harmonica Mic

“Hello, Tomlin from tomlinharmonicalessons.com here to give you a review of the Silverfish Ceramic Harmonica Mic .

Click here for a video review and sound sample – with Tomlin playing some cool blues harmonica riffs or here: Silverfish Review_2

” ..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 over 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.”

Tomlin Leckie

tomlinharmonicalessons.com

Strollers Music School

Tomlin uses a cool "Hot Pink Mic III"
Tomlin uses a cool “Hot Pink Mic III”
Tomlin Leckie
Tomlin plays the blues
Tomlin Leckie
Tomlin Leckie
Tomlin Leckie
Tomlin Leckie

 

The new “Black Cat ” on the block

Check out this Silverfish Harp Mic III “Black Cat”

The all black finish looks really cool – check out the photos in the silverfish harmonica mic III range.

The silverfish harp mic III now comes in a choice of colours that give you a chance to personalise your mic – for a bit of fun! The fascia’s are engineered from hard acrylic plastic and come in a range of rich colours including: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green, Lime Green, Hot Pink, Brown and  Burgundy. Alternatively choose a more classic looking mic with a fascia made from natural hardwood – sealed with mineral oil. 

When ordering simply select a colour option when you place your order  – and add more colour to your amplified sound!

Cool – “hot pink” custom coloured mic!

 

Harmonica Microphone Pink Harp Mic III_A
Hot Pink Harmonica Mic III

Check out this Silverfish Harp Mic III which was ordered in hot pink – to go with her lipstick apparently (‘though I recon  she can’t ware lippy while playin’ – surely – think of the mess!)   The silverfish harp mic III now comes in a choice of colours that give you a chance to personalise your mic – for a bit of fun! The fascia’s are engineered from hard acrylic plastic and come in a range of rich colours including: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green, Lime Green, Hot Pink, Brown and  Burgundy. Alternatively choose a more classic looking mic with a fascia made from natural hardwood – sealed with mineral oil. 

When ordering simply select a colour option when you place your order  – and add more colour to your amplified sound!

Rick. ☻ ♩♭♬♪

Silverfish Harmonicas Rides Route 66 and supports the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Harmonica Summit 2015

Route 66 Summit 2015

Route 66 Summit 2015Route 66Silverfish Harmonicas Rides Route 66 and supports the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Harmonica Summit 2015

Its a privilege to help support this years Harmonica Summit by providing a stunning new Harp Mic III (Yellow) as one of their raffle prizes – along with a lovely holster style pouch to keep it looking shiny.

The summit is set in beautiful Tulsa on Route 66 in Oklahoma on Saturday 21st March 2015.

The Summit has a line-up of some of Americas top  harmonica players including performances by: John Long, Al “Okie” Blake, Nic Clark, Garry Allegretto, Michael Rubin, Billy Gibson, Jon Popper, R.J. Mischo, Jimmy Junior Markham, and David Berntson.

Activities include Blues Harmonica Workshops, an antique harmonica collection, harmonica care and repair classes and amplified harmonica techniques and you can also Jam with Pat Moss.

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

Rick (Silverfish Harmonicas)

 

Bring some colour to your amplified sound!

Harp Mic III Coloured

Silverfish Mic III Harmonica Mic now comes in a range of colours

The Silverfish Harmonica Mic III has just got more colourful as a new range has been added that offers a choice of coloured mic grill fascia’s that give you a choice on the look of this excellent piece of harmonica kit!

The fascia’s are engineered from hard acrylic plastic and come in a range of rich colours including: Black, White, Red, Yellow, Blue, Orange, Purple, Green, Lime Green, Pink, Brown and  Burgundy. Alternatively choose a more classic looking mic with a fascia made from natural hardwood – sealed with mineral oil.

When ordering simply select a colour option when you place your order  – and add more colour to your amplified sound!

Cheers

Rick (www.silverfish-harmonicas.com)

Custom Harmonicas – Hohner Pro Harp or Marine Band

Custom Bamboo Comb

Customised harmonicas

Did you know that I make customised harps. You can see examples of thes show-casing the harp mics for sale on this web site.

The custom harmonicas are high quality precision – hand made customisations using bamboo. This produces a hamonica with a comb that is as hard as nails (and highly resilliant to moisture), looks absolutely superb  but most importantly feels comfortable in your hand and mouth.

Styles vary from oversized and rounded – fitting your hand like a  

 glove – to a neat squared off comb that replaces the existing one producing a quality and unique instrument with a comfy feel and good looks.

The benefit of customisation goes beyond looks in that the harp is a LOT more comfortable to play with the holes slighted edged off and the rounded wood in your hand.  They are also “eye-candy”.

A range of colour tones – from natural through to very dark coffee coloured allows you to differentiate between your different keys through colour and style of the custom harps. In other words – it’s an excellent idea to have a range of different custom harps for different keys within your set! Although obvoiusly this would cost a bit so you may like to stick the ones you play most!

Please note: that custom harps are sometimes defined as those with reeds different than the standard manufacturer’s production harps. These harps have not been adjusted or re-tuned/gapped as it is extremely difficult to provide a modified reedplate that suits everyone. You can probably appreciate that these would produce both advantages and disadvantages – compared to the factory (out of the box) harps – so I’ve decided not to go down that route!

Anyway – if you are interested in envesting in either customising oneh of you much loved harps or getting a new one – then let me know and we can discuss details.  The shop on this website also alows you to buy a new custom marine band of a key of your choice (selected at the time of purchase).

A customised Pro Harp or Marine Band will cost you £130 which isn’t a lot when you conisder how long a hand crafted precision harp takes to build… roughly two days! If you are mad about harmonicas then it’s worth it!

Order details

Harmonica customisation generally take about two weeks from ordering and receipt of the harmonica. You will be contacted soon after ordering a custom harmonica with an expected delivery date which will be confirmed at the time of dispatch.

UK orders are sent out by Royal Mail. Orders to other worldwide destinations are sent airmail.

Returns & Cancellations
Please do not buy to try. Goods delivered correctly and in accordance with your order will not be accepted for credit or refund without good reason.

A Special Edition Silverfish Harp Microphone

Silverfish Harmonica Microphone - Special EditionThe nice thing about a custom harmonica microphone is that it can be personalised. This is a special edition that I did recently for a customer from down in the Mississippi, USA – home of some fantastic blues harmonica playing.

Made from an old piece of bone this mic is personalised into something special and looks and feels fantastic to play. There isn’t another one like it. 

Notice I’ve added a removable rubber sleeve covering the head and base of the mic – requested to increase grip during the heat of playing. OK so it’s made from pieces of bike inner tube but it does the job and he was very happy with it!

I’m putting a gaiter on all the harp mics now and If the player doesn’t fancy them (unlikely) they can simply be pulled off!

Check out a sound sample of Kenny Boag of the “Blues Devils” playing silverfish harp microphone on Youtube at: http://youtu.be/DIMayRurG0ct

Silverfish Electric Violins

Silverfish Electric Violin

I thought you might be interested to know that there is a small family of uniquely designed and hand crafted Silverfish Electric Instruments; although I’m no longer making these commercially. They include a series of individually designed and built electric violins and electric cellos. These are literally hand carved out of solid pieces of wood. I also do all the piezo electrics.

Silverfish Electric Violin

I think it must have been my fathers influence and teaching (he made beautiful classical acoustic violins) that inspired me to design a range of contemporary and uniquely different stringed instruments – particularly showing off the beauty of natural wood and organic designs. The darker instrument has a larger sister – an electric cello – of the same design; using the same solid hard wood and form with open f-holes. The wood is incredible in that it is treated only with light finishing oil and ages over time taking on the patina of a fresh concker with an amazing grain like “tigers eye”.

Silverfish Electric Violin

These instruments also play beautifully and have a very easy action and rich sound. I love playing the electric fiddle as there is so much potential to modify and shape the sound using effects and a basic graphics equaliser. They also sound great simply plugged into my Laney (LA30C) amp and produce a superb and rich sound which is a refreshing contrast to the classical acoustic sound of a violin.

I guess I wanted to give you some confidence that the custom silverfish harmonicas and microphones  are made by an experienced craftsman to precision standards. The silverfish harp gear also gives you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of a natural wood finish; through either the gorgeous flecked grain of the bamboo comb of the custom harmonicas or the hardwood of the Silverfish Harp Mics.

Cheers: Rick

www.silverfish-harmonicas-com

A larger knob for better volume control

Harmonica Microphone - Mic II

Improved volume control and feel of the mic in your hand

I have made a slight change to the silverfish harp microphone design which improves the volume control and also the feel of the mic in your hand. The mic continues to use a top quality potentiometer (volume pot) with carefully matched impedance; but I have added a chunky alloy knurled volume knob. What this does is allow you to visually see the volume setting which sweeps over about 300 degrees – from about 7pm to 5am on a clock face if you know what I mean! It’s a log potentiometer which gives you perfect and gradual volume control and boost over the full range and effectively turns off the sound at the bottom end.

The chunky knob also looks pretty good and the feel in the hand is very comfortable and positive. The larger knob allows easy access to volume control while you are playing.

However the more diminutive and original volume control is proving the most popular – and is supplied as standard!

Rick

www.silverfish-harmonicas.com

Kenny Boag of the “Blues Devils” reviews the Silverfish Harmonica Mic and advises on achieving that Chicago blues sound!

Kenny Boag

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

 

 

Silverfish harp mics are Guaranteed!

Custom Bamboo Comb

Silverfish harp mics are Guaranteed!

Its worth rembering that if you buy one of my custom mics you are also getting a guarantee as

“all harmonica microphones are supplied with a 12 months warranty”

The Silverfish Harp Mics are incredibly robust and are precision built for reliable quality. They are very durable and should last a life-time. However in the event of a problem with any of the components all harmonica microphones are supplied with a 12 months warranty. This comprises a no quibble 12 months parts and labour warranty.

The guarantee excludes damage to the housing through dropping or miss-use and the guarantee is void if the microphone has been dismantled. The guarantee includes the cost of returning the microphone to you; however excludes covering your return postage costs. If you give me a shout I’ll give you details of the return address.

Just to let you know that customisated harmonicas are not covered by this guarantee. This is because the harmonica reeds and plates are made by one of the mainstream manufacturers (such as Hohner) and I have no control over the quality of their harps. Reed plates do vary! None the less ; although all reasonable concerns will be addressed relating to the customisation and comb – so no need for concerns. You’d be getting a quality harp that you will definitely be happy with – and eventually if the reed plate gives up the ghost, the customised work can be easily transfered to a new replacement harp or a new comb can be relatively easily exchanged.

Cheers Rick
www.silverfish-harmonicas.com

Silverfish Harmonica Microphone II

Silverfish Harmonica Microphone II

The Silverfish Harmonica Mic II is a speciality precision built custom mic for blues harp players with a superb ceramic element that provides a classic “blues” sound with rich sound textures with plenty of potential for distortion. The ceramic elements use the same old technology as the original crystal microphones from the 50’s but with the benefit of durability. It’s a fairly clean sound with a reasonable amout of headroom, so there is plenty of potential for playing with the sound – which sounds great straight into a valve or solid state amp – especially with a passive input socket.  Its size and shape provides an equally durable design which is smaller than a Marine Band and fits neatly in your pocket. Most importantly it is a perfect size for getting a really good seal for amplified harp playing. 

The mic fits comfortably in your hand and is easy to hold with a harmonica while performing. The volume control is also perfectly placed underneath for access while playing providing excellent control of the powerful sound output and alowing you to boost your output or control feedback.

The mic connects easily to a guitar amplifier or other high impedance input with a standard cable with 1/4″ jack plugs (not provided).

The mic is extremely light weight and its shape and grip enables you to create and hold an airtight chamber with ease. The hardwood cover is custom designed and protects the back of the harp from mic damage. It also looks brilliant with a nice flame to the wood grain. (By the way if you fancy a custom harp then I have provided a matching wood set so that the harp and the mic have the same bamboo – characteristic with a superb golden coloured flame to the wood – just let me know if you are interested!)

This is a superb professional quality mic with excellent tone. The component specification is the same as the Silverfish Harmonica Mic which is acoustically the same mic – the only differene is the housing.

You may like to know that the Silverfish Harmonica Mic II now comes in black or all silver alloy – which looks amazing. If you want one of these just add a note to me at the time of purchase. 

Cheers Rick

 

Silverfish Customised Harmonicas

Customised harmonicas

These are high quality precision – hand made customisations mostly using bamboo. This produces a hamonica with a comb that is as hard as nails (and highly resilliant to moisture), looks absolutely superb  but most importantly feels comfortable in your hand and mouth.

If you are interested see photos on this site or at my facebook page: (www.facebook.com/customharmonicasandmics)

Styles vary from oversized and rounded – fitting your hand like a glove – to a neat squared off comb that replaces the existing one producing a quality and unique instrument with a comfy feel and good looks.

The benefit of customisation goes beyond looks in that the harp is a LOT more comfortable to play with the holes slighted edged off and the rounded wood in your hand.

A range of colour tones – from natural through to very dark coffee coloured allows you to differentiate between your different keys through colour and style of the custom harps. In other words – it’s an excellent idea to have a range of different custom harps for different keys within your set! Although obvoiusly this would cost a bit so you may like to stick the ones you play most!

Please note: that custom harps are sometimes defined as those with reeds different than the standard manufacturer’s production harps. These harps have not been adjusted or re-tuned/gapped as it is extremely difficult to provide a modified reedplate that suits everyone. You can probably appreciate that these would produce both advantages and disadvantages – compared to the factory (out of the box) harps – so I’ve decided not to go down that route!

Anyway – if you are interested in envesting in either customising oneh of you much loved harps or getting a new one – then let me know and we can discuss details.  The shop on this website also alows you to buy a new custom marine band of a key of your choice (selected at the time of purchase).

£130 isn’t a lot when you conisder how long a hand crafted precision harp takes to build… roughly two days! If you are mad about harmonicas then it’s worth it!

 

Kenny Boag and the Blues Devils – playing a Silverfish Harp Mic

Kenny Boag

Kenny Boag and the Blues Devils are doing a gig on the evening of the 12th October in the “Ferry” in Glasgow. This is a charity gig with a great line-up including three other well known bands – promising a brilliant evening of cool blues music and some great harmonica playing from Kenny – using his “silverfish harmonica mic”! Kenny has been playing harp for nearly 30 years and is a self proclaimed gear and tone junkie – owning several vintage microphones and a silverfish harm mic (II) as well as a much loved and specially customised Fender Blues Deville amp.

Kenny has been playing the harp for nearly 30 years and started playing with bands in his early twenties, initially with a folk band before moving into a relatively successful rockabilly/blues band “Bluesville Express”. Gigging mostly in and around the central belt of Scotland, Kenny enjoying a minor renaissance at the time and the band did pretty well.
Kenny then joined a more traditional blues band “Bogus Bob” and played throughout Scotland before moving to the “Blues Devils”. It was one of those perfect and fortuitous situations bringing together four outstanding musicians with a passion for the blues; who also become close personal friends.

The Blues Devils now enjoy success and notoriety playing at blues festivals and venues throughout the UK which has included several appearances at the Great British Blues, Burnley, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Appleby Blues festivals. The band plays both cover versions of blues classics as well as their own material – featured on compilation CDs, most notably “Jocks Juke Joint Volume 3”. This album has won several awards and received rave reviews and air play across Europe, North America and here in the UK. Kenny has also written articles for blues magazines and websites on amplified harp tone and on building your own harp rig.
Why not drop in to the Ferry on Saturday night to hear Kenny perform some of his amazing blues! His performance is going to be recorded mind, and the plan is to post a link to some of his tracks performed on the night on http://www.silverfish-harmonicas.com soon after. So in case you can’t make it to the gig take a look on the website which will also give you a chance to hear the silverfish harp mic in action in the hands of a really cool harp player!
Rick

Welcome to the Silverfish-harmonicas Web Site

Custom Hohner Marine Band

Silverfish Harmonica Mic v2I’m Rick Park and welcome to my custom harmonica and mic web-site and store! I hope you like my custom harps and mics and find time to leave a comment – not just about the site and my stuff, but anything about harmonicas. Please help me get this site going – whether or not you fancy buying any of my harp gear!

I thought I’d start by explaining how I started my love affair with the harmonica.. it kicked off when I was ten (back in 1971) when my dad gave me my first harmonica – a diatonic honer harmonica in G – and taught me to play ”home on the range”. It was such a cool sound and that was before I discovered the blues! I’ve loved the soulful sound of the harp ever since then although I’ve still got a long way to go in all the instruments I play – harmonica, banjo and violin; especially the harmonica.

My coolest moment with a harmonica was during my travels on a motorcycle around Australia, a couple of years after finishing my marine biology degree (that’s my trade). As free as a bird I was traveling with my girlfriend and living in a tent; hardly any cash, wild camping and cooking meals in the open – living under the stars. It was good – really good! I had with me my Hohner Chromonica which I’d bought at uni, and I’d often pull a few tunes in the evening – enjoying the moment and passing lazy times.

I was in Queensland in a really remote spot, at the end of miles of dirt road, not far from a wooded creek which was lush with tropical growth and there was plenty of wildlife kicking about. It was another fabulous night – hot and humid with a sky full of stars. It was late and I was playing a few tunes when the wild dingo dogs joined in! If that doesn’t qualify as cool what came next definitely does. Excited and enjoying my wild accompaniment I was taken aback when suddenly a squeeze box joined in and skilfully played along! Now we were really remote so this was quite a surprise – but kept playing a while; ending in cheers, distant clapping and laughter! Another couple, German I seemed to recall, traveling and living their dream.

I’d love to hear what it is about the harp that does it for you, and some of the good times you’ve had playing along. Cheers – Rick