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Tron600
1 post
Jan 20, 2021
5:46 PM
I own a Shure Green Bullet, and I like the tone and price point. However I have trouble getting a good cup on it.

Any advice for something similar in sound, impedance, and price (about $120), just a bit smaller? (Volume control is a must, also)

Thanks!

Last Edited by Tron600 on Jan 20, 2021 5:47 PM
Evets
9 posts
Jan 21, 2021
8:18 AM
Hohner Harp Blaster HB52 @ $160
LFLISBOA
109 posts
Jan 21, 2021
10:27 AM
If your Green Bullet has the old element (not this plastic element of nowadays) you can put on most other mic shells (Astatic T3, JT30), maybe even on a Buletinni, but I'm not sure about this last one.

If you're familiar with soldering iron, you can build your own for much less.
https://simplemics.com/build-your-own-blues-harmonica-microphone/
Tron600
2 posts
Jan 21, 2021
3:58 PM
Thanks, I think the HB52 is exactly what I'm looking for (though a little more expensive).
Harpaholic
977 posts
Jan 21, 2021
6:13 PM
Check out the Bullet Buddy 2.0 on eBay. No affiliation.
jbone
3303 posts
Jan 21, 2021
7:46 PM
I hear very good reviews on Greg Heuman's Bulletini. Blowsmeaway.com
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TetonJohn
381 posts
Jan 21, 2021
8:37 PM
You might consider going used -- posting on the For Sale forum here what you are looking for. There are number of bullet-like microphone shells that are smaller than the Green Bullet. Folks often put nice older elements inside these older shells. I think it would be great to find a used Shure controlled magnetic element in a smaller shell like a JT30 or Turner 251. Or maybe someone has an EV638 or the like (dynamic elements in those). A Shure 545 would also be nice -- it is not a bullet mike, but you can add a bulletizer from Greg Heuman (BlowsMeAway). Good luck.

Last Edited by TetonJohn on Jan 21, 2021 8:38 PM
jbone
3304 posts
Jan 22, 2021
1:41 PM
Electrovoice m43u. I got one old new stock, had it modded by Greg Heuman to hi-z with a volume control. Smaller than a GB but just as hot.
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SuperBee
6884 posts
Jan 22, 2021
5:42 PM
For something new and off the shelf ready to go and value, I think the Hohner HB52 looks like the top pick.
The Bulletini is almost in a different league but also I think the price reflects that. It’s a high quality and boutique item

There are a couple others in boutique range worth considering perhaps, like the Lone Wolf Jason Ricci Special and the other BlowsMeAway offerings.

After that it’s all custom/vintage stuff, which I love but I think maybe not what you’re looking for.
Not necessarily expensive but it can turn out to be.

There are other cheaper “stock” mics too, but I think they leave a bit to be desired in some important ways.

I started with a custom vintage EV605 fitted with a Shure CM element. That’s a much smaller shell than a Green Bullet but I think a bit hard to hold.

I had a Brown Bullet for a while and really liked it. Just a couple mm smaller diameter than a GB but I could notice the difference.

The Astatic JT30 style shells are very popular. I like them but still suffer with them a bit.

I have an Astatic "biscuit", which I hoped might be the answer. It is pretty cool but I need to try some different elements in it.

I tried an EV930 and I liked that a lot. It seemed it would not be good because of all the bits hanging off it but I found those settled into a good place and turned out good.

Now I’m playing with an old Shure 533. At first I wasn’t sure but used it last night and I think it could be the one. So don’t count out the stick mics.

All in all though, I reckon I would give the HB52 a whirl.


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