Now, meet a few of my better known customers, then scroll down for a product line overview.
Newest endorser Mark Ford is one of the most creative and musical modern blues harp players, with many CD's on the Blue Rock'it Records label. He was (and remains) a big influence on my playing. Unfortunately for us, he nearly stopped playing publicly about 10 years ago. Now - he is back! Mark has retired from his day job, is writing songs and touring again with the Ford Blues Band. Here's what Mark says:
"As a long time Harp player, I've had the chance to play through just about every mic there is out there, and I mean it when I say this is the best mic I've ever had. Not only does it sound great, but it's absolutely beautiful. It's light weight compared to the pair of Green Bullets I'm used to working with, and fits in the palm of my hand like it was made for it. Greg makes each of these mics individually out of beautiful hardwoods and metals, machining and turning each piece, creating what is not just another harp mic, but a true and unique work of art. A harp players dream mic! "
Mark Ford - June 2014
Charlie Musselwhite, 6-time Grammy nominee and 23-time Blues Music (aka W.C. Handy) award winner prefers his BlowsMeAway Harmonica Microphones (yep, he has two!) and in-line volume controls.
"The mics Greg made for me have everything I like, want and have to have in a mic. First of all they have great tone. Second, they are very comfortable with easy access to the volume control; the wood shell makes it very comfortable to hold. And, third, they're great looking mics with a lot of class."
Charlie Musselwhite - June 2008
Toots Thielemans - perhaps the most famous harmonica player in the world - performs with an Ultimate 58.
Toot's Ultimate 58 mic is engraved with his unique signature.
"My sound engineer (Chris Weeda) introduced me to a new microphone for my harmonica a while ago. Although it also takes a good sound engineer to give you the sound you want to hear on stage, I can say I'm very pleased with the Ultimate 58. It's a very nice, light and comfortable microphone. Thanks Greg!"
The following internationally known artists appear in alphabetical order.....
For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick Estrin fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats. The band continues with Rick up front to this day as Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. Here's what Rick says about his BlowsMeAway mic:
"I've been performing for over 40 years and I'm very selective about the mics I use. The mic Greg made for me is great in every way. It has a huge, warm tone. It's light, easy to hold and I really dig the convenience of Greg's smooth "stealth" volume control design. And, if that's not enough, the beautiful, unique look of this mic is pure, unsurpassed class."
Rick Estrin - June 2012
With his band The Blues Survivors, Mark Hummel has released some twenty albums since 1980, and has been both producing & performing at his Blues Harmonica Blowout series since 1991. These shows have grown to be a much heralded event & continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they appear.
Here's what Mark has to say about his mic:
"My customized BlowsMeAway mic is the lightest, most comfortable, most beautiful , great sounding mic AND piece of handcrafted art I own!!! Thanks, Greg!!"
Mark Hummel - August 2012
With his band The Mighty Flyers, Rod Piazza has been recording longer than his mentor George "Harmonica" Smith did, or Sonny Boy Williamson (either of them!), or Big Walter Horton. He's been making records for more years than Little Walter was alive. Piazza is a tried-and-true, dyed-in-the-wool blues veteran with credentials that are second to none.
Rod chose burl maple, with a double stripe of black stone inlay and a personalized brass grill for his mic. Rod also uses a BlowsMeAway wireless system in his performances. Here's what he has to say:
"Hey Baby. Just used Greg's new personalized harp mic and I'm here to tell ya. Not only is it gorgeous in appearance, but the feel and tone of the mic are as dynamic and punchy as you would want. The volume is a perfect taper and smooth as they come. I can dig it."
Rod Piazza - February 2013
Willie Nelson's harmonica player for the last 37 years, Mickey Raphael endorses his BlowsMeAway wood harmonica mic for his blues work on stage with Willie. Additionally, he does studio work and has a CD out under his own name, and has worked with a who's who of artists including Elton John, U2, Motley Crue, Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, The Mavericks, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Neil Young. Mickey wanted a very dark colored mic. This one is made from Gabon Ebony. He also wanted a low impedance setup so he could switch easily with his acoustic mic during his shows with Willie. Finally, he wanted the stealth volume control so he could easily match levels with the other mic. BlowsMeAway Productions is all about working with the customer to deliver exactly what they need and want.
Here's what Mickey has to say:
This mic "blows me away". Willie turned to me and asked, "hey is Little Walter here?" Then he said "Wait, is Musselwhite here?" Our sound guys, who are never satisfied, said they really like this mic."
"I've been in show biz a long time so I'm not easily impressed, but when I saw the workmanship that went into this mic I was, literally, "blown away". The attention to detail, the quality and beauty of the materials and, of course, the sound are very impressive indeed. I'm takin' this one on the road! Thanks Greg!"
Our take on the classic and popular Shure microphones, optimized for harmonica players. Shorter, lighter, built in volume control... and a choice of impedance and connectors to match your gear.
See the Ultimate Series page for more information. Ultimate Series mics are the choice of pros like Jason Ricci, Billy Branch and Rob Paparozzi!
The incomparable Jason Ricci tearin' it up on his mic of choice, the BlowsMeAway Productions Ultimate 57. The tune is called "Baked Potato".
Exotic Wood and Custom Microphones
I make bullet-style microphones that are lighter, easier to hold and certainly more beautiful than the vintage industrial microphones they're intended to replace. They also have a wonderful warm tone and excellent feedback resistance as a result of the choice of materials. Each mic is a handcrafted work of art. Go to the Custom Wood Mics page for much more information.
"I play with a BlowsMeAway Productions wood mic and it is my favorite mic! Super light, great tone and it fits in your hand WAY better than the stock mics. The coolest looks! And I love the volume control now. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this mic to anyone that is serious about playing electric harp... I'm sold on Greg's mics!" -- recording artist Andy Just
Get Free! BlowsMeAway knows what you need to lose the cable! I have systems for low and high impedance mics. I have rack mount and pedal board receivers. I have adapters to make them work with your microphone. And I've tested them so I can help you choose the best solution.
Designed by harp players for harp players, these handsome in-line volume controls give you simple and reliable volume control where you need it - at the microphone! This is useful for many reasons:
Kill feedback instantly
Optimize for vocals and harp when using the same mic for both
Adjust mid-performance for quieter harps (Low D comes to mind)
"Back off" a bit when filling behind anothers' solo or vocal.
Leave a little headroom for when the guitar player turns up (and you know he will...)
Turn your amp way up for overdriven sound, and back off at the volume control.
Walk over to adjust amp without feedback as you approach
These controls are precision machined, hand made and individually tested to withstand the rugged performance environment. I have made and sold hundreds of these controls. For more information, go to the Vintage Control or XLR Control page.
I restore these wonderful mid-60's vintage amplifiers - quite simply the best little harp amps there ever were. I have bought, rebuilt and sold over 200 of these, making me the worldwide Kalamazoo Model 1 and Model 2 expert. Visit the Kalamazoo Page for more information.
You play a Shure SM57 or 545 mic. You love the tone but the small diameter makes your hand cramp up. This is the solution. Get a griptm with The Bulletizer.
On July 22, 2012 the Santa Rosa, CA newspaper The Press-Democrat published an article about me called "Greg Heumann makes a mean microphone." The short story: I retired from my first career and started BlowsMeAway in 2004. I operate my own machine shop, wood shop and electronics lab. I'm the engineering department, the marketing department, the sales department, the shipping department..... you gotta problem? I can take care of it! Perhaps more importantly I'm a performing harmonica player and I use the gear I make. My band, Bluestate, has a new album out called Duracool which is available on iTunes and here at CDBaby.com. (I am the lead singer - there is harp on about 5 of the tunes.)
Our recent Customer Survey results are here if you're interested.