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[1 Feb 2012 | Comments Off | 12,513 views]
Microphone Choices: NITS and CHIGGERS—THE NASTY DETAILS INSIDE:

SWAPPING OUT FOR CRYSTAL, PART 1
by Fritz Hasenpusch
I’ve got to admit that the squad of post-holiday helper elves still on duty down here in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON were more than a little concerned with the working title of this installment of THE MIC BENCH. They’ve requested that I state for the record: This is about harpmics that utilize piezo-electric/Rochelle salt elements—or that we’ll be using these high impedance devises. They’ve also asked me to request that the DEA please stand-down at this time. Thank you…
During our last visit we looked …

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[1 Dec 2011 | Comments Off | 7,461 views]
Microphone Choices: NITS and CHIGGERS: THE NASTY DETAILS INSIDE!

 by Fritz Hasenpusch
 
 
Patients make their way to the MIC DUNGEON for all manner of reasons, for all manner of treatments. Just like with people, microphones can be affected by many different types of maladies that can adversely influence their looks, their viability, and their functional capability. Since we’ll be studying the “nasty details inside,” let’s assume we’ll be passing on the purely cosmetic fixes (no Kardashians) and dig into ways of actually maximizing your mic’s capability to deliver what you’re looking for: BETTER PERFORMANCE from your harpmic.
 
Topping the list of upcoming …

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[11 Oct 2011 | Comments Off | 3,349 views]
Microphone Choices: Back Inside Lord Microphones

by Fritz Hasenpusch 
Sure, it’s always fun to hang in the bright shiny world of the thin, thin candy coatings that shield LORD MICROPHONE from the corrosive world outside—not to mention your grubby paws—but it’s time to dive back inside. Where the TONE is…
 
There’s a compulsion among Tin Sandwich jockeys—not all, but many, that drives them to experiment with virtually every aspect of their sonic pursuit. Some will focus on tinkering with the instrument itself: The harmonica’s reeds, the reed plates, the combs, even the nails and screws that hold them together. …

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[28 Jul 2011 | Comments Off | 3,578 views]
Microphone Choices: The Shine of Your Kandy Kolor Questions!

 by Fritz Hasenpusch  
The roughly textured walls of the MICROPHONE DUNGEON are speckled with POST-IT notes on which I’ve scrawled your questions dealing with the coatings that might suit LORD MICROPHONE. How to preserve its inherent state and condition, make it easier to hang onto, jazz it up, personalize it and make it a showpiece. On our last outing we took a look at the retro methods of the Rat Rodders, the benefits of primer coats, and the choice of leaving your audio arsenal in this primary state of preservation. The protection …

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[7 Jun 2011 | Comments Off | 2,958 views]
Microphone Choices: Your Kandy Kolor Questions Kontinued…

 
“At The Harmonica Microphone Bench”
with Fritz Hasenpusch 
Down here in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON there’s a veritable kornucopia of possible kolors, an avalanche of additives for personalizing microphone coatings. There are any number of ways to adjust the look and feel of your harpmic by way of the coatings applied to it. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves…
 
On our last visit we looked at the specialized task of prepping a mic (in this case, one with badly pitted chrome skin) for re-coating—whether plating or painting. No matter the methods and …

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[1 Apr 2011 | Comments Off | 4,418 views]
Microphone Choices: Your Kandy Kolor Questions & More!

by Fritz Hasenpusch
We’ve been looking at the world of mic ‘protection’, of preserving LORD MICROPHONE from the outside in, and of keeping him healthy so he may serve us in good form and function as intended: The surface coatings that keep the hostile elements at bay and help to add personal identity to our chosen sonic tools of the trade.
I’m clearing some space on the workbench here within the paint booth down in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON, prepping to respond to questions that have arrived pertaining to the primer-plain and Kandy Kolor …

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[1 Feb 2011 | Comments Off | 4,365 views]
Microphone Choices: You Want Paint Secrets? We Got ‘Em!

by Fritz Hasenpusch 
Just look at that shine on the HARPMOBILE. The brilliant color, the depth of the gloss… Like the finish on most every car on the showroom floor and by now (by virtue of attrition) just about everything rolling down life’s proverbial hi-way, the secret to the shine is no secret: URETHANE “PAINT.” I’ll put “PAINT” in quotes as it’s more of a coating than paint as was once understood. Whereas paints such as LAQUERS and ENAMELS are composed of fluid vehicles that evaporate to leave their suspended solids behind …

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[7 Dec 2010 | Comments Off | 3,291 views]
Microphone Choices: The Auto (Harp) Industry!

with Fritz Hasenpusch 
Nope, I’m not an insurance salesman, I don’t know the Gecko, and couldn’t guess how much “liability” you should carry. But like a good neighbor I do want to be “there” with the right info when you need it… And in fact, we were talking about insurance of a sort during our last chat here in the MICROPHONE DUNGEON. Insurance for LORD MICROPHONE in the form of protection from the corrosive elements that lurk all about in the environment in which they operate: The stage, the jam, our …

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[11 Oct 2010 | Comments Off | 3,405 views]
Microphone Choices: The Modern Candy Coatings!

“At The Harmonica Microphone Bench”
by Fritz Hasenpusch
That thin candy shell, sealing in LORD MICROPHONE’S natural goodness while sealing out the bad guys—like US! As we’ve seen while rummaging thru the spray booth down here in the Microphone Dungeon, it takes a concerted effort to preserve the Harpster’s tools of the trade. Isolating our beloved mics from the corrosive environment they exist in (especially our hands) is an insurance policy we should all subscribe to. We’ve learned of the advantages and disadvantages of electroplating their vulnerable alloy grills and shells, how …

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[25 Aug 2010 | Comments Off | 4,257 views]
Microphone Choices: Paint-By-Numbers Protection

by Fritz Hasenpusch
“Beauty’s only skin-deep.” Nice song, cool descriptive phrase/aphorism. However, in the realm of LORD MICROPHONE, that “skin” is key to preserving the mic’s delivery system (metallic casing) and the precious cargo within (the element or capsule) from the cruel world outside. That world includes—as we’ve seen in prior entries—the very essence of us! Yep, in many ways we are our microphone’s worst enemies. Beyond the incidental wear and tear we inflict on these sonic servants, there’s the corrosive nature of our own bodily fluids. Thank you, General Ripper…
We’ve …