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Building the Tennessee Thunder harp mic

Tennessee Thunder


EDIT:  Here it is:   


Here we go, a harp mic for Tennessee Toddy.  

It starts with an old slab of wood from the cotton gin at historic Hopson Plantation.  

Any blues fan would love to have something made from this vintage cypress.

I sliced it up on the table saw and glued up 4 blanks.

Clamped em up and set in the sun to dry.

Four chunks of potential...

Ready for the lathe

On your mark

Get Set...


We have a winner!

Stay tuned...

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Comment by Ted Crocker on August 15, 2012 at 10:10pm

Was just in the chat room with Cajun, you should have popped in. I described the pure AWESOMENESS of the color stain finish and what I went through. It's in front of a heat gun now and in a few minutes I'll be ready for the Tru-Oil finish.  This baby is getting meticulous attention.  I hope you're not expecting a brand new mic, she's looking about 75 years old and broken in and road worn...

Pics later

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 16, 2012 at 1:12am

Tease pic.  

Finish not quite dry, and I'll knock down the shine to make it look broken in and vintage.  

But you get the idea of how the colors follow the grain and blend.

The Tru-Oil is for protection, not for shine.  She'll look better once I finish the finish...

Comment by J.J. Rango on August 17, 2012 at 7:52pm

this is real killer!

Comment by J.J. Rango on August 17, 2012 at 7:53pm

what does something like that run?? if i can ask???

could I use it to mike my little pignose amp? or is it only for harps

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 17, 2012 at 7:59pm

Finish is finished!  Tweed grill is installed.

Jack cup installed.

Comment by Dave K. on August 17, 2012 at 10:23pm

Oh, dat's nice, Uncle T!

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 22, 2012 at 10:32pm

Carved initials, still rough

Comment by Ted Crocker on August 26, 2012 at 8:45pm

Electronics Day!

The element is similar to what's inside a Shure Green Bullet.

Frequency response is 60 to 6,000 Hz, perfect for harp.

This is preferred by serious players over a piezo or a telephone or any home brewed solutions. 

This is all you'll see of the innards, I do some mods to the electronics and to the shell...

Want to see?  Buy one and rip it open...

The start of the gig case.  Notice it's a complete box.

I learned the hard way many years ago making guitar cases,

it's more precise to make the complete box first, then cut it on the table saw.

This ensures everything stays square, the same size and the grain lines up.

I'll post progress pics of the steps.

What do you think so far Josh?

Comment by TennesseeToddy on August 26, 2012 at 10:15pm

i love it cant wait to play it. when you think i can get it?

Comment by Bob Harrison on August 26, 2012 at 11:20pm

Thanks for the post. You are an inspiration to us all Ted!


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