Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special II – Dirty 50KΩ/Clean 4KΩ switchable
The Silver Bullet Dynamic | Special II – Dirty 50KΩ/Clean 4KΩ switchable (with volume control) 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 relatively seamless switch between powerful dirty or clean sound performance. Even if you are mainly a player of dirty blues harmonica – cleaning up the sound at a press of a button provides scope for a new range of amplified harmonica sound. 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 (there is a touch of steam-punk in its design!) based on the Silver Bullet Special II.
The mic offers precisely the same performance characteristics of the separate clean and dirty silver bullets but in one mic providing a neat and unique rig with the ultimate in flexibility for your amplified harmonica playing.
Clean sounding dynamic element
The clean dynamic element has a wide frequency response with slightly lower sensitivity and as a result a higher headroom to distortion. At lower to mid gain settings this produces clear and rich low, mid and high sound without excessive treble. Alternatively, if you like a very light touch of distortion – turn up the gain on the amp and set microphone to maximum to drive the mic’, ideally used in conjunction with reverb. Switching to the clean element suits playing melody, blues, country, funk, reggae, soul or chromatic harmonica.
Dirty/Lo-Fi sounding dynamic element
The dirty dynamic element has a really “hot” signal that is packed with full harmonic content and great tone with perfect base and mid-sound without treble. The sound is warm, responds to cupping and pressure changes and breaks up nicely. This element has the high sensitivity with slightly lower headroom so if you like crunch distortion and a lovely dirty blues sound then simply switch to this element. Apply a touch of reverb from your amp, turn up the gain to drive the mic’ and achieve various degrees of distorted, crunchy classic “blues” harmonica sound, especially when cupped.
Both dynamic elements provide a microphone with proven reliability and are ideal for practice or gigging at all levels. Uniquely combing a choice of two contrasting dynamic elements into a single mic offers ultimate flexibility for amplified harmonica playing over the full range of styles. This microphone is medium (4KΩ) and high (50KΩ) impedance which therefore needs to be matched to a high (500KΩ/0.5MΩ) impedance sockets on your amplifier and therefore suits most harmonica amplified rigs or the use of a PA.
The microphone’s size and shape provides a durable design which is smaller than a Marine Band and fits neatly in your hand. 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. A really nice feature of this mic is the inset rubber seal and gnarled ring at 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.
Despite there being a lot packed into this neat microphone – it is remarkable light in your hand and 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, control unwanted feedback or to control levels of distortion effect. The small brass micro-switch enables silent and relatively seamless switching between elements during your performance. The mic’ connects to a valve or solid-state amplifier with a standard 1/4″ (6.3mm) guitar jack-plug socket.
The microphone is supplied with a hand-crafted leather finish that wraps tightly around the microphone and is a nice finishing touch for your microphone that reflects the artisan craftsmanship of the mic while providing some additional grip, seal and protection.
To get an idea of how you set up and work with this switchable mic see LINK
This switchable dynamic mic’ is top-of-the range and special in terms of sound, feel and playability and provides precisely the same performance characteristics of the separate clean and dirty silver bullets but in one neat microphone.
- Full bodied tone with harmonic overtones
- Good feedback rejection: normal threshold for sensitive dynamic microphone – High-Z | very high threshold – Med-Z
- Lightweight/small bullet
- Robust construction for rigor of touring
- Steel mesh grille with dark hardwood fascia
- Two-stage mesh and 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
- Rugged industrial feel
- Type: rugged dynamic elements x2
- Functionality: switch – Clean | Dirty performance harmonica
- Impedance: Switch – High 50KΩ | Medium 4KΩ (+/-10%), unbalanced
- Sensitivity: High Ω -65dB | Medium Ω -55dB (+/- 3dB)
- Frequency response: High Ω 80Hz-13KHz | Medium Ω 20Hz-20KHz
- Polar patter: High Ω unidirectional | Medium Ω omnidirectional
- Connector: 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack
- Weight: 143g
- Dimensions: head: 5.0cm base: 4.5cm length: 7.3cm
- 1/4″ (6.3mm) jack-plug socket
- Case: antique brass copper-plated for durability and RF/EMI signal protection
Goods are sent out within 3-5 working days from receipt of payment. UK orders are sent out by Royal Mail (tracked). Orders to other worldwide destinations are sent standard tracked 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.
Please note: Harmonica and cable are for display purposes and are not included. As a natural material the colour and grain of the wood fascia may vary slightly from the photographs.