Shaker Retro Rocket Harmonica Microphone  

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The coolest thing to happen since carbon and crystal were put with brass, wood, and wind. The Shaker Retro Rocket is a truly beautiful harmonica microphone that's basically a no-nonsense, bullet-type ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The coolest thing to happen since carbon and crystal were put with brass, wood, and wind. The Shaker Retro Rocket is a truly beautiful harmonica microphone that's basically a no-nonsense, bullet-type Shaker mic retaining the qualities that made the great original bullet mics so special.

The Retro Rocket harmonica mic has all the snap, crackle, and pop that any blues/rock harp player could want. It's the real deal”a cast metal alloy body with a black crinkle powder coat finish, and high-output crystal element. It features a solid pewter grill and a 1/4" output connector. It's 40% smaller than traditional bullet type mics, and is ergonomically shaped to give harp players an in your face, aggressive tone. This is one high-output microphone with over-the-edge dynamics and a truckload of harmonic overtones. According to Retro Rocket endorsers, this mic rejects feedback better than any other bullet mic made.

Shaker Harmonica Microphones are part of a complex music making system, one that includes the harmonica, the player's hands, the microphone, the amp, and the player's personal techniques. Traditional methods of measuring response and behavior become pretty much irrelevant because Shaker's don't fit strictly into the established categories of polar patterns. By using a sampling of the harmonica's sound and directing it through acoustic ports into a volume-tuned chamber, Shaker harp mics become, in essence, miniature hand-held recording studios. This is known as Shaker GNS technology, or good noise sampling, resulting in great tone, extreme technique sensitivity, and tremendous feedback. Designed and engineered by Shakey Joe, these mics are totally handmade in the US and use as many American-made parts as possible. They're made in the Arizona desert by harp players, for harp players.

Features
  • Crystal element
  • Solid pewter grill
  • Smooth volume control
Specifications
  • Impedance: 500 ohm
    Sensitivity: -60
    Frequency range: 30 - 10, 800 Hz
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4.5

(based on 6 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (5)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Durable (3)
  • Good audio (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Performances (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional musician (3)

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

not worth the money...................

By mudrat

from brockton mass

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Compact
  • It Is Small Fits In Hand
  • Lightweight
  • Small Cups In Hand Well

Cons

  • Not Bluesy Too Expensiv
  • Poor Sound Quality
  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Events
  • Performances

I ordered this mic with high expectations on the sound quality.It is no better than my blues blaster, It does not come with cords it has a thin cloth carrying bag which will not fit a cord,
not for a serious BLUES player, it isno better than a voice mic

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Retro but cool

By Greenote

from Santa Cruz

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Retro Sound

Cons

  • none

Best Uses

  • Performances

great looks and lovely gritty lofi sound

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This mic rocks.

By Captain

from Vail.co.

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Clear Sound
  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Performances

    Wow , best sounding harp mic by far. I play this through a Vox Ac120 amp that I mic to to board, gives a great harp clean pure sound. When you want dirty growl it is there. Super feel in the hands. My harps have never sounded better!!

    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Harmonica microphone par excellence.

    By Fredward

    from Iron Range MN

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Looks Good
    • Versatile

    Cons

    • Cannot Think Of One

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    This is the finest harp mike I've ever used. There is no feedback. It is durable. I am happy with this. This is how it should be. Sure its a few bucks, but ya get what ya pay for.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Retro Rocket Harmonica Microphone

    By Corky

    from Cleveland, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Sound
    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Feedback reduction
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • none

    Best Uses

    • Harp
    • Performances

    I was using the Hohner Blues mic with remarkable feedback problems. The Retro Rocket resolved that. Cupped, in fornt of amp, no feedback. Musicians Friend was the low-cost provider. Fast shipping. No directions in the box. The mic will accept the entire 1/4 inch shaft. Push hard!!

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great little mic

    By Boofy Langstrom

    from San Diego, Ca

    I recently got this Retro Rocket mic from the nice people over at Shaker microphones. It seemed like it would be the best fit for me being that I have almost always used Astatic JT-30 mics with 151 crystal elements. So naturally I went for the vintage bullet style shaker with the crystal element. I really liked the way it looked.A mini bullet style mic with a nice black powder coat finish and a nice pewter grill. Its light but it feels like there is something in your hand. Now I don't have a problem with holding harp mics of most any size but those who do will love the way this mic feels so natual in your hand. I also normally don't use a volume control, but this one has a really nice taper to it. The volume comes up nice and smooth. As far as the sound of the mic goes, it does not have as much output as a traditional element, although its not too weak. You will have to adjust your amp. It also does not have as much bottom so you will have to turn up the Bass a bit too. What is does have is a really good natural harmonica sound. It has nice presence and really makes the harp cut through the mix without being to piercing. It still colors the sound like a crystal does, but it doesnt grind as much as the old ones. The sound that it has is really unique while still sounding like amplified harp. You might not use it all the time but it really can be a useful and good mic in your arsenal. If you don't have strong tone you might not like this mic. If you have a handle on tone than you will be able to get a really cool sound from it. I would get another one if I lost it for sure.

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