October 21, 2016
I am such a dreamer sometimes!
This time, I am officially jumping off the deep end even thinking about such a project. I am wondering if I could somehow, all by myself, make a sonically high quality microphone setup for my Hohner that comes close to being as good as the HATools system, of course for a lot less. They wanted to charge me 750EUR or just under $1100CAD. If I set a budget of let’s say under $200, is something like this even remotely possible? I’d like to think so!
It started yesterday when I saw one small YouTube video about how to make an electret mic and power it:
I then noticed that HATools used similar mics in their setup which is basically this setup repeated 10 times on the treble side. Here is this video:
These two videos showe me a few things.
1. The 6 things needed are a 9-volt battery, an electret mic, a capacitor, a resistor, an IC board that holds the hardware and an amplification board.
2. How to wire this all up (kind of… I still have a few questions which I will ask later).
3. That the parts are available for reasonable costs from Asia.
So here are my thoughts. Sometime in the future I am going to order enough electret mics to make my “super system”. That means that I might want to “one-up” the best I see online (HATools has a 10+8 system), so I am thinking how about a 20+10 or a 30+20 setup, meaning a 20-30 mics for the treble side and 10-20 mics for the bass side! Just going nuts because if 10 is good, 30 has got to be great… lol
This page and this project are a work in process. More to come in the future!
Addendum: June 27, 2017
Well, here is a small tidbit of info that came from JimD, contributor and all-round super knowledgeable guy from the accordion forum and the guy that that I bought some bass-buttons and the bass vibration mod stuff from:
JIM D. wrote: Now if your accordion output jack is wired to accept phantom power you can eliminate the battery and plug into a mixer or amp with phantom power
What a great idea!