In this instructable, I'm going to show you how to build your very own "bullet" style harmonica microphone. You will get that cool bullet-mic look with shelling out the 100's of $$$ that you would pay for a real vintage bullet mic. Tone? That all depends on the mic element you choose to put in this shell. This shell has some serious Mojo because anything you make yourself has GOT to have more mojo than something you bought!

This Instructable WILL NOT cover the how-to's of mic element choice, mic wiring, or soldering, although you will need to know all of these things. For info about soldering, search around here, you'll find plenty of instructables on how to solder! (eg: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-solder/). For info on mic wiring, see this instructablehttps://www.instructables.com/id/I-Mic-Harmonica-Microphone/ . For more info on mic wiring (including videos) as well as mic element selection, check out my other harmonica microphone instructable https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-build-your-own-harmonica-mics/.

Let's get started!

Step 1: Get the Parts Together.

First things first: Safety. This project will require you to use a power drill, cut difficult material with a sharp knife, and to solder electronic components with a hot soldering iron. If any of that scares you, you shouldn't do this project. Wear safety glasses when using powertools.

Next: You will need the following items to complete this project:
1) A 1 and 1/2 inch diameter "slip on" PVC endcap (from the plumbing section of your local hardware). This will form one half of the mic shell.
2) A 1 and 3/8 inch diameter metal fence post cap (From the garden section of you hardware store). This will form the second half of the mic shell.
3) A package of 1 and 1/2 inch diameter rubber "cups" (for putting under you kitchen table's legs)
4) A 10 to 100 K ohm log taper potentiometer (for the voloume control, you can get these at rat shack)
5) A 1/4 inch mono panel mount guitar jack (again, rat shack)
6) A microphone element of some kind (mine comes from an old AudioTechnica ATR30 microphone I got used at Savers for $3.99. New it will cost around $30. You can use any element you like for this project)
7) Some hookup wire, acid-free solder for electronics, and some electrical tape.
8) Optionally: some cotton balls, spray paint, an old dryer cloth or other piece of cloth, a knob for the volume control.

Watch the first half of this video to hear more detail about the PVC end cap and fence post cap:

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Hi there, I've totally re-vamped this Instructable. Now there are loads of pictures, loads of detailed instructions, and appropriate safety precautions. I republished it, and I was now hoping you can remove your original admonishing post,... Cheers, Darwins_Deathcat
Link to new one would be helpful.
<p>when I make this, it will of couse be deco'd like a dalek</p>
<p>I read this instructable a while ago and it inspired me to build a mic from an old Bell carbon element phone. I meant to build one of these, too, but I forgot. LOL I came back to let you know that I nominated you for a pro membership via the Extreme Commenting Round 2 challenge. I like your foot drum, too. Thanks for sharing your work!<br>https://www.instructables.com/id/EXTREME-COMMENTING-ROUND-2/</p>
Hey! I'm really glad you found this useful! Thanks for the nomination too! I really appreciate it!
I always wanted a little flat brown biscuit style bullet microphone.<br>Guess I will have to see what I can find at home depot ; ^ { &gt; <br>Super awesome instructable.<br><br><br>
Thanks! Post a pic of what you come up with, I'd be interested to see it!
can this record voice?
Yes, but it will not be as clear as normal voice mic. It is designed for distorted harmonica tone.

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Bio: I'm a Harmonica Playin' fool! I build my own amps and effects, and I do lot's of the DIY stuff. I also build ... More »
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