Introduction: Depression-Era Microphone Props

I made these depression-era isolation-mounted microphone props for my daughter's middle school production of "Annie". The mics were fabricated from ABS conduit , fittings, and plumbing parts. The microphone centers were kitchen drain inserts. The mic flags were made from ABS scraps with artwork made in Adobe Illustrator and printed on an inkjet printer. The stands were some old bases for torchiere lamps I had out in the shop. I "steampunked" them up a bit with the colors, which caught the lights beautifully on stage. They were a little bouncy from the spring mounts when I first assembled them, so I added some "wires" (sprinkler tubing attached with gold coaxial connectors) which deadened the movement nicely. Enjoy!

I finally added a photo of the microphones in use in the musical "Annie" at our local middle school. The show was great and I received a lot of compliments on the props!

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markeike (author)2016-09-21

You realize that I don't run the Instructables website, right?

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Advernichuk45 (author)2016-09-21

Ok this is stupid i shouldnt have to pay to learn how to make something

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markeike (author)Advernichuk452016-09-21

What?

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Advernichuk45 (author)markeike2016-09-21

It says you have to have premier to download the pdf so ill figure this out on my owm and post something for free on a different website

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Numbuh1Nerd (author)2015-03-20

Does anybody know what the rounded bits of the outer frame are? I looked all over Lowes for them but I couldn't figure it out.

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markeike (author)Numbuh1Nerd2015-04-03

If I understand what you are referring to, the corner parts in the frame are called conduit elbows. I don't remember the diameter, but they are similar to these-

http://www.lowes.com/pd_115952-53911-UA9ADR-CTN_0_...

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Numbuh1Nerd (author)markeike2015-04-04

Oh, thank you so much!!

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jgderuvo (author)2014-03-06

At least a parts list would be helpful.

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lcoakley (author)2012-09-09

Could you post some more specific specs, I am building this for my high school's production of a play set in a similar era. It would be much appreciated.

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markeike (author)lcoakley2012-09-10

I'm afraid the props were donated to the High School a long time ago so I no longer have them to take measurements. Is there something specific you wanted to know?

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jgderuvo (author)2011-08-09

Genius! Can you create a more involved, step by step tutorial?

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zazenergy (author)2011-05-25

holy cow, what awesome microphone props! about how heavy are they?

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markeike (author)zazenergy2011-05-25

Thanks. The upper portions themselves don't weigh that much - maybe 5 pounds max each. They are just made from plumbing parts and the center portion is hollow so there is nothing to them. The bases and the posts are pretty heavy though, since they were made from old halogen floor lamp bases. The posts are steel and the bases have iron weights in them to prevent tipping.

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knife141 (author)2011-05-25

Very nice!!

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