Bulletini®

The tiny bullet mic with the huge tone

Ofir Ventura plays Bulletini

Blues harp players love bullet-shaped mics. But they can be big, heavy and hard to cup, which is essential for great tone. Finally, there's a tiny bullet mic with huge tone, thanks to The Heumann Element.

Beware of impostors! Only Bulletini has this proven element. See below for videos.

There have been sub-sized harp mics on the market for years. However our favorite vintage elements - Shure CM and CR's, Shure, Astatic and Brush crystals - don't fit shells much smaller than the traditional "JT30-size" bullets. In order to produce smaller mics, builders resort to using small, inferior elements. Their sound just doesn't measure up.

Bulletini warms up your tone and delivers a big bass boost - bringing out the best in small amps. It is also a great mic for solid state amps, straight into the PA, through pedals... and big amps too!

And it is really small! A customer pointed out to me "It's actually the same size as a Grade AA Large chicken egg."

No harmonica microphone on the planet has more glowing reviews! The videos below are from a few of the pros who love the Bulletini.  See many more testimonials on the Bulletini Customer Feedback page.  Scroll past the videos for specs and ordering info.

I think The Heumann Element is exciting. It's remarkable that there is finally a new microphone element that harmonica players can use for great tone. The Heumann Element is The Future of harp mics! Charlie Musselwhite - September 2015

Don't believe it? Listen to these pros!

Or... Jump to the Product Info, Specs and Ordering Information Section (below the testimonial videos)

Here's Hohner Endorser, educator and all around great guy Ronnie Shellist:

Here's Hank Shreve, Musician, Educator & Producer.......

Here's Aki Kumar, straight from Garage Mahal.......

Here's Deak Harp, from his shop, Mississippi Saxophone, in Clarksdale.......

Here's Jake Friel, from Coronavirus Quarantine in Ohio.......

Here's Brazil's fabulous Marcelo Naves demonstrating his Bulletini through a Harp King amplifier. The narration is in Portuguese. The music is universal!

What about Classical Chromatic? What about acoustic? Here's author and educator David Kettlewell demonstrating his Bulletini both on a stand and handheld with chromatic.

David says:

The Bulletini is now my daily go to mic for chromatic harmonica. I can play it on a stand, or hand hold it, cupping...works great either way.

Harp player Dave Holtzman has been a member of Philadelphia area favorites The Little Red Rooster Blues Band since before he was legally allowed in bars. The band has spent the last thirty years spreadin’ the gospel of the Blues to thirsty fans up and down the East Coast and beyond. They combine a love for both the traditional Chicago sound and jump-blues stylings into a concoction that brews up good times all around. Blues Blast Magazine describes Holtzman's tone as "haunting".

Dave says:

I purchased my Bulletini from BlowsMeAway Productions a little over two years ago. I instantly connected with the little mic with the MONSTER TONE. I could be holding a chromatic harp against the Bulletini with one hand and the tone carries is as if I was cupping it tight with both hands. By far the best mic that ever landed in my hands. I'm convinced the signature Heumann Element inside came from another world!

Want to hear more great players with their Bulletinis?

Ian Collard - Harp Train 10
JD Taylor - Big Tone Mars Harmonica Amp
JD Taylor - Memphis Mini
Marko Balland - Harp Train 10
Tomlin Leckie - Zvex Nano Amplifier
Tomlin Leckie compares Shaker, Ultimate 57 and Silverfish to Bulletini
Konstantin Koleshichenko (comparison to JT30, EV mic)
Austin Hardiman - Windy City Plus Amplifier

You can also hear The Heumann Element mounted in BlowsMeAway Custom Wood mic shells in these videos:

Jake Friel and Nic Clark - Memphis Mini
Nic Clark performing - Memphis Mini
Ronnie Shellist - 1975 Fender Silverface Princeton
RJ Mischo - Sonny Jr Avenger
Andy Just - Sonny Jr Avenger
Serko Niemenen live

Ordering Information:

Bulletini $189

Complete mic, ready to play. Just add cable or adapter to connect to your amplifier, PA or wireless system. No volume control. Can be used with BlowsMeAway's Vintage Volume Control.

Bulletini
Bulletini-VC $229

Includes built-in volume control. Just add cable or adapter to connect to your amplifier, PA or wireless system.

Bulletini-VC

About 95% of Bulletini’s sold have the built-in volume control. I have found them extremely useful. You may not be standing right next to the PA or mixer when feedback rears it ugly head due to changes in room conditions, the sound guy suddenly turned you up in the monitor, whatever. And although we have a wide dynamic range when we play, there is still a big difference in volume between a rocking solo and accompanying during a ballad. I CAN play without a volume control. I just don’t like it nearly as much. It is really nice to be able to turn the mic “off” from wherever you’re standing - especially if you have to set up on the hairy edge of feedback to get enough volume, and you need to walk back to your amp to adjust it or grab a harp or…. Nice to be able to turn it down before you make that journey. And finally - we all know guitar players turn up during the course of a show…... Also, some players are concerned about inadvertent adjustment of the control. But with the tail-mounted location of the Bulletini-VC’s volume control, it protrudes well beyond your grip so that isn’t an issue.

Warranty: BlowsMeAway warranties Bulletini Microphones for 1 year from date of purchase.

Specifications

Diameter: 1.7"
Length: Bulletini: 2.77"
Bulletini-VC: 2.98"
Weight: Bulletini: 6.6 oz
Bulletini-VC: 6.7 oz

Accessories

Bulletini is a high impedance microphone. You might need one or more of these accessories to get connected:

20' Cable $50

Switchcraft "screw-on" female to 1/4" male

High quality, heavy duty cables made in my shop.

cable
Switchcraft 332 adapter $14.95

Allows use of a 1/4” to 1/4” guitar cable or Samson AG8 wireless transmitter

Switchcraft 332A Adapter
Screw-on to XLR adapter $39

For Pin 2 Hot XLR to 1/4” unbalanced cable or Samson AX1 wireless transmitter

screw on to XLR adapter
Screw-on to XLR adapter $39

For Pin 3 Hot XLR to 1/4” unbalanced cable

screw on to XLR adapter
Screw-on to XLR adapter $74.95

Impedance matching, balanced output adapter to connect to a PA or other low impedance input.

Note that a DI Box is the standard way to connect your high impedance gear to a low impedance input. DI Boxes are less expensive and leave the weight and length on the floor, so are preferred in most situations.

screw-on to XLR< impedance matching adapter
The BulletProofer™ $19

Where do you put your mic when you're not playing it?

The only clamp-on mic holder that truely protects your mic. Many other stand mounts aren't secure - trip over your cable and the mic goes flying. Not with BulletProofer! The secret is the slot that lets the cable fall to the bottom of the holder, so the mic truly sits in, not on the stand.

Fits any stand from 3/8" (9.5mm) to 1" (25mm) diameter. Padded clamp and nylon screw won't damage your stand.

BulletProofer

When you order I’ll need to know:

  • Where you live (just state if U.S. or country if not) so I can figure shipping
  • Which model - Bulletini or Bulletini-VC? (see above)
  • Do you need a cable or any adapters? (see above)

My 1st choice is always the screw-on cable as it keeps the flexible portion of the cable as close to the mic as possible, which minimizes any restrictions on freedom of movement.

Let me know your preferences and I will send you a PayPal invoice. You can pay that with PayPal funds if you wish, but you can also pay securely with your credit card if you prfer. No PayPal account required.

Want to go wireless? You'll want to check out the Wireless Systems page and order the Bulletini bundle, or, if you already own a Bulletini, a wireless system and a Switchcraft 332 adapter.