Hello from the West Coast

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Hello from the West Coast

Postby gheumann » Sun Jan 10, 2010 6:03 pm

Hi, Guys -

Cool - another harp forum. Some of you know me, some of you don't - I'm Greg Heumann, my company is BlowsMeAway Productions. I make, repair and modify a wide range of harp mics, volume controls, adapters, and Kalamazoo amplifiers.

I'm also a harp player, sax player and singer - my band is called Bluestate. So when it comes to the products I make, most of the inspiration comes from the problems I encounter as a performer. I use my products heavily so I can assure you they're effective and reliable.

And I'm a happy Lone Wolf Harp Delay customer!

If you're not familiar with BlowsMeAway Productions please check out my web site: http://www.blowsmeaway.com

Cheers

/Greg

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Re: Hello from the West Coast

Postby T-Bone Bruce » Sun Jan 10, 2010 7:35 pm

Hi Greg, welcome to the forum. I'm sure more than a few of us here have some of your excellent products.
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Re: Hello from the West Coast

Postby bushdog » Mon Jan 11, 2010 1:18 am

Welcome Greg. Your reputation beat you here (or something like that). Looking forward to your contributions.

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Re: Hello from the West Coast

Postby Stephen S » Mon Jan 11, 2010 11:17 am

Welcome aboard, Greg--your rep precedes you and it will help to have a pro mic specialist in the house. The activity over here ebbs & flows according to what people are working on, hot soldering irons & keyboards don't go too well together :roll:

What do you think about the low-end-mic/Astatic Roadhouse thread underway now at the Gut Bucket forum? I think anyone who can afford one should buy a mic of the quality that you sell, but what about getting people in the door for minimal money when starting out, or the mic equivalent of a beater guitar that one doesn't have to keep an eagle eye on in public? A mic that people can work on holding properly, and take out to a jam and use successfully thru the kinds of house amp that a first-rate mic works well with? Is there a viable entry-level mic out there? Maybe I overestimate the importance of the issue, but it used to come up with novice players when I played in a house band, and I bet there's a consensus that a stock 520DX is not really a good way to go, despite widespread availability. Pursue that issue over at the Gut Bucket forum if it interests you. I'm putting you on the spot, but we do that sometimes around here, in a friendly way.
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Re: Hello from the West Coast

Postby arnenym » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:16 am

Welcome Greg. Nice to have you aboard.
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Re: Hello from the West Coast

Postby gheumann » Thu Jan 14, 2010 1:14 am

" the mic equivalent of a beater guitar that one doesn't have to keep an eagle eye on in public?"

Joe is a friend of mine and knows how to fully cup a mic, including the all important front seal - so he gets good tone in general. I'm not a big fan of any of the mass produced mics (BluesBlaster, "new" JT30, 520DX, Bushman Torpedo, Peavey Cherry Bomb et. al.) They all have lousy elements and some of them have other things working against them as well. But of all of them, (and I've played all of them) that new JT30 is probably the best choice.

My advice is to find a bullet shell that doesn't cost much but has the ergnomic factors you like. For example the 520DX is much heavier and bigger around than its predecessors, the 520D and the 520. Early 707's were smaller yet. JT30's and BluesBlasters are decent shells too, although I find them less comfortable to hold because of the "ears" on the grill. Any of these can easily have a nice new screw-on connector installed and a perfectly good CM element for fairly low price. (Note - there is more work to fit a screw-on connector to a JT30 style shell than a Shure bullet shell, so I charge more to do it.) This may not ultimately be the cheapest approach but you should be able to get a complete mic going for $150 or less. Might not be a looker but will have great tone and can be re-modified later. (You can always paint the shell, move the element to a different shell, add an in-line volume control, etc - down the road. )

Most of us builders have a collection of old beat up shells. I routinely make mics for "starving students" with them.

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Re: Hello from the West Coast

Postby Stephen S » Thu Jan 14, 2010 10:40 am

That's cool, $125-150 is a terrific buy-in for something that sounds first-rate, compared to most other instruments--
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