Well, being a blues & roots harmonica player who enjoys playing amplified is one reason.
There IS a difference in microphones from one to the other, especially the bullet microphones.
The majority of my collection is made up of variations of the two most popular “bullet-style” microphones used by harmonica players – the Astatic JT-30 style microphones, and the Shure 520/707A bullet-style microphones.
My plan is to add or “archive” one microphone a week ( is probably the question that people ask me the most when they see my collection.
Certain model microphones () have particularly good tonal qualities and characteristics when held in the hand with a harmonica by a player who has good playing tone and technique on the instrument, coupled with a good gripping technique on the microphone.
Don’t let all the nay-sayers fool you…the microphone DOES INDEED make a difference.
The SM58 50th Anniversary Artist Edition serves as a commemorative purchase and donation, honoring the decades of world-renowned music these artists have produced and their history of charitable activities.“Paul Mc Cartney and The Who have created some of the most influential music in our lifetimes, and given their impact on the world, we thought it only appropriate to team up with them to create a special 50th Anniversary edition of the SM58 microphone, which has been used to share their voices with fans of all ages for decades,”said Mark Brunner, vice president of corporate and government relations at Shure Incorporated.Shure has partnered with both Paul Mc Cartney and English rock band The Who to make available at auction a one-time production of 600 serialised graphic painted SM58 cardioid dynamic microphones.The auction looks to celebrate and honour the strong connection of the SM58 to ‘legendary’ musical artists, with all proceeds generated from the campaign going directly toward foundations for which both artists are deeply vested, including Paul Mc Cartney’s Meat Free Monday and The Who’s Teen Cancer America.“We also knew that Paul, Roger, and Pete are extremely active in charitable giving, having been major benefactors to, and creators of, charities for quite some time.I have been collecting, restoring, re-building, and customizing vintage bullet microphones for myself and other harmonica players for over 20 years, and I have accumulated quite a collection of these microphones over the years ).