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The origional HARMONICA HONKER element became unavailable but a new replacement was found that has the clarity and feedback rejection needed for professional stage use.

This microphone combines the best features of a lavalier and a ring microphone with a volume control in an all-rubber (Neoprene) housing. You can wear it on any finger and comfortably hold and cup your harp like you do when playing without an amp. The electronics will add any amount of distortion you need to produce the tone the pioneer harmonica players got from their microphone and amp systems. Registered with USPTO.

The HARMONICA HONKER uses an electret condenser microphone element that is specially connected to give you excellent dynamic range. This tiny element, in the palm of your hand, sends your music through the electronics in the box that lets you control your tone. You can go between pure, clean concert harmonica to raunchy, powerful bluesharp with the twist of the dial.

PACK-OF-CIGARETTES-SIZED BOX

The HONK control on the electronics box is a pan-pot that fades between your CLEAN signal and a new-style tone booster ("FULL HONK"). This circuit gives you "even" harmonics (not like guitar effects) and gives your sound a horn-like quality. The HONK control lets you "dial in" the degree of "fatness" your sound will have. Along with this, you can hear all the hand effects (and subtle mouth effects) you use when playing acoustically. This gives you a wide range of tones and a real variety of sounds to match different styles and moods of music. The box itself is black ABS plastic with gold printing.

The HONKER fits your hand and stays securely on your finger. You don't have to think about holding on to it or worry about dropping it. If it does fall, the HONKER is so light that it will not self-destruct, but merely bounce! The Neoprene housing cushions the tiny element and all internal wiring is Teflon insulated for flexibility and resistance to wear.

The BELTPACK (shown) and LOWBLOWN models let you clip the box on your pocket and use your own cord to the amp. For a wireless rig, all you need a 1-foot jumper cord and SOME transmitters PLUG RIGHT IN to the box! With the FULLBLOWN model, the electronics/battery box can be tucked under the handle of an amplifier or placed on the floor next to a stompbox. Stick-on Velcro patches could be used to put the box at any other convenient spot.

If you'd like to hear my story about the development process, go here.
For a little more info, you can read the INSTRUCTIONS.

STAR For an OBJECTIVE COMPARISON of the HONKER and SEVERAL OTHER MICs, HIT THIS!


SOME SELECTED PICTURES OF THE HONKER, etc...


OK, HERE'S WHAT IT SOUNDS LIKE !

These samples are from the ORIGINAL HONKER

I'll post sound samples from the new element soon but there's not a lot of difference.
These sound samples are available in .WAV OR .RA (Real Audio) OR .MP3 format.
If you need the software to play the .RA format, GO HERE and download "Free RealPlayer".

DIRECT

MISTY HAMBONE BOP - OR - MISTY HAMBONE BOP - OR - MISTY HAMBONE BOP This is as direct as it gets. DETAILS

All of the following were recorded with a Panasonic TC-90A cassette on Maxell UR tape using the built-in microphone.

P.A. SYSTEM

CHANGES... SPIDER & FLY BLUES JAM - OR - CHANGES... SPIDER & FLY BLUES JAM - OR - CHANGES... SPIDER & FLY BLUES JAM Live gig situation DETAILS

VARIOUS AMPLIFIERS

CLEAN.WAV HONK.WAV   - OR - CLEAN.RA HONK.RA   - OR - CLEAN.MP3 HONK.MP3   Tweed Bassman DETAILS

CLEAN1.WAV CHROMATIC.WAV HONK - OR - CLEAN1.RA CHROMATIC.RA HONK - OR - CLEAN1.MP3 CHROMATIC.MP3 HONK.MP3 Fender DeVille DETAILS

CLEAN HONK   - OR - CLEAN HONK   - OR - CLEAN HONK   Trace Elliot DETAILS

CLEAN HONK   - OR - CLEAN HONK   - OR - CLEAN HONK   Fender Blues Jr. DETAILS

COOL HOMEBREW AMP

MAJOR HONK     - OR - MAJOR HONK     - OR - MAJOR HONK     I made it Myself DETAILS

THE BLUE DRIVERS
Here's a 30-Second RealAudio clip of David Krauss, Blazin' with a Honker mic. DETAILS
Here's a full-length MP3, JustJuke'n off Dave's newest album "Your Milage May Vary", available at iTunes

ALTERNATIVE INSTRUMENTATION

JAW HARP Just in case you didn't think so... DETAILS

And, a customer actually using the Honker for this; compare the sound of the Bullet to the Honker...


What Customers Say About It

Bands with HONKERs in 'em!

ORDERING INFORMATION     You may read THE FAQ


PRICES have been REDUCED!


IF YOU'RE PAYING BY CHECK: (NOT PayPal)
U.S. customers please add $7.00 for shipping costs.
Click on a model at the right for description and total price.
PayPal buttons have shipping included for your location.
PayPal
PayPal payment is available.
HIT THE LINKS AT THE RIGHT
FOR THE BUY BUTTONS.

For information on the
HEARAMP PERSONAL MONITOR
GO HERE!

MODEL AND BASE PRICE

THE FULLBLOWN

$150.00

THE BELTPACK

$170.00

THE LOWBLOWN

$190.00

QUICK COMPARISON
OF THE 3 MODELS
NOTE: Special orders are possible but must be paid for in advance. Send me a letter!

TO ORDER a Honker, PICK THE MODEL YOU WANT from the 3 at the Right, Above. Total prices are on these pages.

EITHER Send me a Check or Money Order, in US $        OR        Hit a PayPal BUY-NOW button on the page of the Model you want!
Make your Check PAYABLE TO:

  • ALAN ELLIOTT
  • 6535 E. Belen Street
  • Long Beach CA 90815-1545
My E-MAIL address: alan@harmonicahonker.com   PLEASE include HONKER or HARMONICA in the Subject.
I'll be glad to answer any questions you may have. Sorry, the toll-free phone number was being abused, it's now gone.

Globe     Worldwide shipping is available!     Just hit the INTERNATIONAL PayPal button.
Shipped by Global Express Mail - With insurance & tracking number - 3-5 days shipping time.
      

Lightning Bolt Here's a little thing that will prevent a SHOCK!!

GOODIES UNDER DEVELOPMENT...

-A stompbox for the guitar that uses the same type of effect as the HONKER, called "The GROWLER". It gives a violin-like tone to high, sustained notes and a raunchy growl to low, simple chords.

    The Growler is going into production - Sound Samples Soon!

-Get Your copy of the CIRCLE of FOURTHS and FIFTHS     NOW!

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This homebrew website last updated on 11/17/2013


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