Adding grip and ergonomic features to a Silver Bullet Harmonica Mic

Ergonomic Customization -Special I

Some simple improvements to significantly increase grip and that essential seal to maximise tone. Adding a rubber gaiter and an oversized o-ring just behind the head of the mic really makes a difference for a customer who has trouble with his grip.

Also a tidy job of fitting self-amalgamating tape creates a very positive feel to the gain. Notice that all Silver Bullet mics use a minimalistic approach of a simple gain knob – but this now has a neat inset red marker to help gauge levels and set-up during EQ Sound-Check – and during practice and performance.

This is the ergonomics improvement to the neat little Silver Bullet Special I – amazing value (£99.85 + postage) for a professional standard high-Z dirty blues sounding harmonica mic

See the following link for technical details:

Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special I 50KΩ Dirty

The rubber ergonomics features are free of charge when you buy this mic – just ask Rick at point of sale

Facebook Group: Review of Silver Bullet

The main points from Richard Hunter’s (and others) Blog Review of the Silver Bullet:

Facebook Group: Harmonica Techniques, Custom Harps and Harp Gear

Richard Hunter
I’ve had the pleasure of testing two mics this week: the Blowsmeaway Bulletini and the Silverfish Silver Bullet. I recorded some audio of both mics last night, and I’ll post that to my site soon. In the meantime, a few impressions.

The Bulletini costs about twice as much as I’m used to paying for a harp mic. I’m a pretty cheap guy when it comes to gear, and it took me a long time to get off my cash and buy a Bulletini. I shoulda done it sooner. It’s a very solid piece of gear, apparently carved from a block of aluminum–I might be able to break it with a hammer and chisel, but it would take a while. It seems heavier in the hand than it looks, like a dwarf star that packs a lot of matter into a (cosmically) small space. The signal it produces is high (meaning lots of headroom) and wide (meaning a broad frequency response, with plenty of bottom end), and there’s great breakup on note attacks when you crank the gain. Ergonomically and sonically, it’s about the best mic I’ve ever used for amped blues and rock where you want the character of the mic in the sound. (The Audix Fireball remains tops for situations where you want the mic to be transparent, for example when you’re stacking multiple harp parts, as I so often do.)

The Silverfish Silver Bullet sells for less than half the price of the Bulletini, so you’d expect something lesser. What’s surprising about the Silver Bullet is how good it sounds at that price point. The tone of the mic is less broad than the Bulletini, in particular in terms of bass response. But the Silver Bullet produces lots of headroom and a very satisfying blues tone with plenty of screech and growl. Ergonomically, it’s small, lightweight, and built to take plenty of abuse. In short, the mic offers high value for money.

If you’ve got the money, the Bulletini is in my opinion the best mass-produced modern harp mic on the market. (Let me note that I’ve used dozens of mics in my time, everything from tape recorder mics to a range of vocal mics, and I am basing that statement on that experience.) If you’re short on cash, the Silver Bullet will do yeoman work until you can save up the money for a Bulletini.

Great choices at two different price points. It’s a good world for harp players.

Shaun Freke
I’ve had both and gig a Silverfish, I just prefer the tone I get from it through my rig..I guess its kinda subjective and personal.

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Greg Heumann
Great review, Richard – thank you for doing it. I should point out that the Bulletini’s bass boost makes a really big difference when playing through small amps, which typically have plenty of crunch and tone, but are very weak in the bass range.

Richard Hunter
I should note: I paid for both mics. My opinion is mine. This is a good time also to thank Rick Park at Silverfish and Greg Heumann at Blowsmeaway for their helpful advice and support.

Rick Park
I appreciate the honesty of the review – the Silver Bullet is not aimed at competing with Greg’s mics [which produce a darker tone at a different price bracket] -The Silver Bullet offering a range of features over a number of models. I receive some great review for these mics as well as constructive criticism on occasion – I aim for a qulairy mic that is also affordable. However they can kick out some great fat tone – with lots of crunch when properly set-up – for both practice and gigging – Rick

Richard Hunter
The silver Bullet is a very good mic and high value for money.

Liam Ward Demo of Silver Bullet – Dirty 50KΩ Harmonica Mic

Liam Ward is an award-winning harmonica player and teacher – well known for his harmonica lessons, blues band, song studies and inspiring videos – supporting absolute beginners, intermediates and advanced players alike.

Liam takes a look at Silverfish Harmonica’s Silver Bullet Special 50Kohm (Dirty) – listen to his review and some cool playing on this terrific high impedance (50KΩ) harmonica mic by Silverfish Harmonicas!

CLICK HERE – for the video review and demo.

Silver Bullet Wireless Rig

Silver Bullet Special with cordless rig
Silver Bullet Special with cordless rig (“Stage 5″ five watt amp, Joyo digital delay, Xvibe U2 wireless system”)

Cotton (FL, USA) uses this setup and provides advice on integrating a Silver Bullet into a neat wireless setup: “It is a “Stage 5” five watt amp, a Joyo digital delay, Xvibe U2 wireless system. I play mostly acoustic duos and the amp is plenty loud. It has a line out for larger venues into the PA. The Joyo pedal is a great value at under $40.00. Xvive U2 wireless is about what your mic costs [i.e good quality]. Carry everything – one trip, including my leather briefcase of harps.

“As you mention, it [Silver Bullet | Special High-Z 50KΩ – Dirty] looks a little Steampunk, which I like. Sounds real good with my small easy to carry setup. High Z is what I need with only a 5 watt amp. It is nice that I do not need any adapters for my cordless setup”.
Cotton

Green Bullet vs Silver Bullet comparison

Silverfish-Harmonicas’ Silver Bullet is arguably 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 reductance element 99A86. The best match to the Green Bullet in the Silver Bullet range is the two dynamic 4K-Z and 50K-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 this great independent review by Tim Douthit of MI, US – comparing the Silver Bullet and Green Bullets.

Rick
Silverfish Harmonicas

Silverfish Harmonicas at the NHL – International Festival

NHL International Festival
NHL International Festival

Silverfish Harmonicas will be at the NHL – International Festival at Hartpury College Campus in Gloucester UK (Aug. 16th – 18th, 2019). There will be a small stand show-casing the range of harmonica microphones with an opportunity to try these and a chance to win one as part of the Gala raffle. All Silver Bullet mics will be offered with a free leather case during the festival for those who fancy buying one of these top-end handmade harmonica microphones.

The NHL International Festival promises to be an exciting weekend with the usual workshops, contests, shops and International Gala Concert. In addition to the artists headlining the concert there will be other well-known artists taking part in activities around the festival with performances from Joe Powers, Will Pound, Liam Ward, Palomino Bros and John Cook.

To book a place at the festival and evening concert go to: http://harmonica.co.uk/festival.htm

NHL International Festival
NHL International Festival
NHL International Festival
NHL International Festival

Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special – Dirty 50KΩ/Clean 4KΩ switchable

Check out the Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special – Dirty 50K/Clean 4KΩ switchable (with volume control)!

This is a very special and top-of the range harmonica mic that offers the ultimate in flexibility of performance characteristics. This mic is special in its look, feel, unique features and especially sound. It is probably the only harmonica mic available that offers the choice of two separate dynamic elements within the same microphone allowing a seamless switch between powerful dirty or clean sound performance. The clean and dirty sounds are both rich in tone with full harmonic content and great bass. The heavy-duty metal design, finished with a lovely dark hardwood fascia is a very nice look with a solid and robust industrial feel.

Silver Bullet Special | Switch Dirty/Clean
Silver Bullet Special | Switch Dirty/Clean

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 | Clean (gain) – lime green and Special Edition Dirty
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 Clean and Dirty Silver Bullets – which includes some cool playing showcasing the lovely tone of both these microphones when played by an expert!.

Silver Bullet | Special

Silver Bullet | Special
Silver Bullet | Special

The Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special are a very special and top-of-the-range series of harmonica microphones available in clean (medium-Z 4KΩ) and dirty (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 hard wood fascia is a very nice look with a solid and robust industrial feel (there is a touch of steam-punk in its design!).

Silver Bullet | Special
Silver Bullet | Special

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
    Silverfish - blues bullet (r)
    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