Due to the obvious resemblance, the 1940’s era D4 manufactured by the American Microphone Company belongs to a group of microphones known as “salt shakers.” Relatively heavy and durable, it was commonly used for broadcast in the US military, and later became a favorite of harmonica players. The item shown below recently sold on eBay for $73.51. UPDATE: I think I spotted this microphone in the great American classic comedy Airplane!. Photos below.
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Turner made a number of microphones that became popular with harmonica players, including the Turner Challenger series (models BX, BD, CX, and CD). The BX and CX were crystal microphones, while the BD and CD were dynamic. The CX had a satin chrome finish; the one shown below recently sold on eBay for $64.
The Astatic JT30 is one of the classic harmonica microphones. Like the previously featured Astatic Model A, this style was often referred to as a “bullet mic.” You can see how when removed from the stand, a microphone shaped like this is perfect for placing in the palm of your hand while playing a harmonica. The item shown below recently sold on eBay for $82.
The Astatic Model A is an early predecessor to a later line of mics by the company commonly referred to as the JT30 series. This small and rugged crystal “bullet” mic eventually became very popular with harmonica players. This is not the first microphone to be featured here that is widely used with the harmonica, so I have decided to create a harmonica category where you can quickly see all of these items. The microphone shown below
is also currently available recently sold on eBay for $93.22.
Astatic was known for its quality crystal microphones, and introduced the stylish T3 in the 1960’s. Due to its shape, it became popular among harmonica players (see also Calrad Model DM-11). This microphone recently sold on eBay for $102.50.
The Calrad DM-11 looks to be from the 1960’s or 70’s. This torpedo of a desk microphone is most well-known for its association with harmonica players; the high-impedance response is perfect for delivering a fat, thick sound. And when removed from its stand, it fits perfectly into the musicians’ hands along with their instrument as they perform. The microphone seen below
is available recently sold on eBay for $19.