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Astatic 335H-7 microphone
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jpmcbride
200 posts
Jan 06, 2019
10:09 AM
The Astatic 335H-7 mic - I love these things, have two of them, and they've become my main mic for gigging. They have a bright sound which I prefer (not muddy at all). And the small size and shape make them very easy to hold. The square profile fits your hands well. I cut the cable and put a Switchcraft female 1/4" plug on the end so they can be used with any guitar cable. I love these little mics!

My question for the vintage mic experts is about the different versions. Both of mine are 335H-7. But I've seen 335H and other numbers. I tried searching and can't find any info on the differences between the different models. Does anyone know about these mics or can point me toward some info on them?

Thanks,

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Jim McBride
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Harpaholic
927 posts
Jan 06, 2019
12:50 PM
It's been more than a decade since I owned any of that type, but If I'm not mistaking they made them with Dynamic and Crystal/Ceramic elements using different model numbers.

I had a few that came in some mic lots that I bought. IMO, the 7 designation doesn't exist, if it does exist, it probably came with a stand and is physically identical to the 335H
I do know the H is hi Z.

Last Edited by Harpaholic on Jan 07, 2019 1:02 PM
jbone
2798 posts
Jan 06, 2019
4:31 PM
I have a 335H with very low response level. I suspect it may be a crystal and has gone bad. I got it for the look too! Art Deco baby. I'm not sure if or when I will ever be able to find an element to fit it for what I can afford but I'd love to have it out there at gigs.
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ME.HarpDoc
347 posts
Jan 06, 2019
5:36 PM
Try contacting Dennis Gruenling at badassharmonicas.com. He has hundreds of vintage harmonicas
jpmcbride
201 posts
Jan 06, 2019
9:36 PM
@Harpaholic, Yes the 335H-7 does exist, I have two of them. You can get them with 335H or with 335H-7 stamped in the metal on them. Further research says that the 335H is high impedance dynamic, and the 335H-7 is high impedance ceramic. Some sound samples I heard on Youtube support this.

I just bought a 335H and when it arrives I'll sound test it against the 335H-7 to see how they're different.

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Jim McBride
Bottle 'O Blues microphones
www.bottleoblues.com
Harpaholic
928 posts
Jan 07, 2019
12:40 PM
I believe you Jim, but according to the 1975 Astatic catalog the 335 was only available as a dynamic.

There is one currently on eBay stamped 335H-46. There's a 335H-34 on an image search I did and a 335H-17 on Reverb.
It appears to be a manufacturer code??

http://www.preservationsound.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/Astatic_Catalog_197.pdf

Last Edited by Harpaholic on Jan 07, 2019 1:05 PM
jpmcbride
202 posts
Jan 07, 2019
10:18 PM
@harpaholic

I thought about the -7 being a manufacturing code, but you find the -7s all the time. If it were a date code or similar the numbers would be more randomly distributed.

I have an old Astatic catalog and as you say, it shows the 335H as a dynamic. And no mention of a -7 version.

But, it really sounds like a ceramic or crystal. I bought a 335H and I'll sound check it against my 335H-7 when it gets here.




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Jim McBride
Bottle 'O Blues microphones
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