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The Harp Blaster HB52: New from HOHNER and sE Elec
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582 posts
Jan 08, 2020
6:14 PM
Looks interesting?

Last Edited by indigo on Jan 08, 2020 6:17 PM
31 posts
Jan 08, 2020
8:02 PM
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Last Edited by Rishió on Jan 08, 2020 8:12 PM
Caitlin P
9 posts
Jan 08, 2020
8:43 PM
Any idea what it's going to cost?
Old Hickory
104 posts
Jan 08, 2020
9:04 PM
You can preorder at Rockin Ron’s for $159.99. Expected ETA is early February. Looks interesting but I’ll wait for the reviews and sound clips before grabbing one. I still like my Roadhouse I paid $49.00 for.
6421 posts
Jan 09, 2020
12:06 AM
Much to my surprise, I kinda like it.

I have a few mics, and it’s happened a couple times now that my favourite has developed a problem after awhile of frequent use. I’ve been considering bulletini.
Bulletini still looks good to me at this stage. It’s a known quantity. But I am interested in this mic too.
The Iceman
3998 posts
Jan 09, 2020
8:54 AM
more new gear? why not strive to be that harmonica player that sounds great no matter what mic he/she uses? (understanding that some people just get off on the gear aspect itself)...

I remember reading about the parties/gatherings amongst the 1960 jazz elites - one such party was in a big apartment that just had a spinet piano....and it was reported that all the other pianists were amazed about the fact that when Bill Evans sat down and played it, he made the spinet sound like a grand piano...
The Iceman
3109 posts
Jan 09, 2020
9:54 AM
Well I have no idea what this one may sound like, used to be a bullet had some hot CM or sweet crystal element in it. I went through all the GAS a couple of decades ago. Probably a dozen amps and that many mics have come and gone.
At some point I ended up with a nice hot EV mic modded by Greg Heuman, a Shure 585, and most recently a Shaker dynamic with an IMT. Most times we play acoustic but when we get an amp/p.a. gig it's nice to have a few options.

Playing mostly acoustic does challenge you to find your best sound straight up.

And too, the p.a. we use has some nice effects that deepen a harp tone through an sn57 or 58, so I have all bases covered. But the simpler the better.
Music and travel destroy prejudice.



6423 posts
Jan 09, 2020
1:55 PM
I’m not chasing a sound from a mic. I mean, I have preferences but these days I’m looking at reliability and comfort. Comfort might be an unwinnable battle but I’m still hopeful.
Most of my gear purchases were long enough in the past that reliability has started to become an issue. When something breaks and you figure you’ll repair it, that’s ok. When the replacement breaks and you still haven’t fixed the first one, that’s an irritant. The 3rd time I think it’s looking indicative of a trend.
586 posts
Jan 09, 2020
2:23 PM
I've got an SM57, SM58, and a Bulletini. I feel whole and complete! Love the built- in volume control on the Bulletini, my primary for amps, very comfortable and plenty hot!


"The Possum Whisperer"
6429 posts
Jan 11, 2020
2:55 PM
There may be some confusion about the XLR and which cable is required.

This advice was recently posted by Steve Baker (who was involved throughout the development process):

“Tom Stubics from sE Electronics confirms that the HB52 is wired as follows: Pin 1 - shield, Pin 2 - hot, Pin 3 - cold.”

So for most applications a cable with XLR to 1/4” will be required, configured as above.
3162 posts
Jan 14, 2020
2:07 PM
"Tom Stubics from sE Electronics confirms that the HB52 is wired as follows: Pin 1 - shield, Pin 2 - hot, Pin 3 - cold.”

Thats the Euro config-American companies used 3 pin hot ala Hohner Blues Blaster-So the Blues Blaster XLR will not work without rewiring. The 2 pin hot is now the industry standard.
3111 posts
Jan 15, 2020
6:27 PM
I may have missed it but what element is in this? High Z? Low?
Music and travel destroy prejudice.



6431 posts
Jan 15, 2020
7:15 PM
It’s HiZ, Jbone.
3112 posts
Jan 15, 2020
8:33 PM
Thx Bee.
Music and travel destroy prejudice.



10219 posts
Jan 16, 2020
2:21 PM
I'm trying to decide what to buy to replace my Yeti. (The headphone jack has been wonky for a while but now I'm getting shocks.) I'm leaning towards the Yeti pro. It seems to have both an XLR and a micro USB. I like the optional directional recording options for those rare times I have someone over who wants to record (Dear Dan... you haven't been over in a year... your bass amp is still sitting in my living room and I don't have much space!)

The Yeti is a bit of a beast for a stage setting though. I'd kind of like a mic that was designed to be a stage mic but threw in a micro USB (or wireless?) just for when you want to go straight into the computer for recording without having to keep track of an adapter. I see a couple other options on the market, but anyone know of anything relatively inexpensive that would sound good with harp?

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