HB52

The new standard in harp microphones

Based on the inspiration from a select group of professional players and modeled after the sound of legendary vintage harp microphones.

HB52

THE NEW STANDARD IN HARP MICROPHONES

Based on the inspiration from a select group of professional players and modeled after the sound of legendary vintage harp microphones.

Recommended Use

Harmonica

Highlights
An exciting collaboration between HOHNER and sE Electronics
Modeled after the sound of legendary vintage harp microphones
Comfortable to hold, cup, and use for long periods of time
Volume control utilizing a Bourns® potentiometer and a diamond-pattern knurled chrome knob
High output level and high impedance drives amps properly
Suited to the needs of touring professionals
The perfect mic design to inspire an artist's creative output
















Inside the HB52

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    Compact size. Big sound. Easy to use.

    Perfectly sized for easy cupping and handling, the highly reactive capsule responds directly to your hand technique and your musical expression. Moreover, the Harp Blaster HB52 was designed with input from professional harp players to ensure we answered the needs of artists worldwide. Together, HOHNER and sE chased down creating a state-of-the-art product that will satisfy the most discerning harmonica & blues harp player.

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    Boutique features meet state-of-the-art manufacturing

    The HB52 features a volume control utilizing a Bourns® potentiometer and a diamond-pattern knurled chrome knob, making it slip-proof and reliable. If you’d prefer not to have a volume control, it can be disabled internally. The high output level and high impedance will drive your amp properly without the need for any impedance converters, boost pedals or stomp boxes.

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    Vintage sound paired with modern precision

    Modeled after the sound of legendary vintage harp microphones, the Harp Blaster HB52 sets a new standard. Designed as the perfect channel for the artist’s creative output, it’s comfortable to hold, cup, and use for long periods of time so the music can flow unhindered and achieve maximum sonority and expression.

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    The heart of the Harp Blaster: the capsule

    Combining sE’s experience in dynamic capsules and acoustic design with HOHNER’s unrivaled competence in harmonicas for more than 160 years, the Harp Blaster meets the highest expectations of performing musicians and demanding sound engineers. Instead of looking at competing products to sculpt the Harp Blaster’s sound, we took our inspiration from a select group of professional players.

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    Robust all-metal housing

    In the throes of performing, you can drop it, kick it, and/or drive nails with it. The HB52 is built to be a roadworthy tool. Just do us a favor and don’t submerge it in boiling water, or anything similarly ridiculous. Barring that, it should last a lifetime!

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    Gold-plated XLR connector

    We opted to use an XLR jack, as opposed to an attached cable, a 1/4” jack or a screw-on connector, to avoid a common Achilles’ heel among harmonica microphones. An XLR jack provides better connectivity, that won’t become noisy or fussy over time with an internal locking mechanism for total signal security (see the HB52 manual below to easily disable the XLR locking mechanism if preferred).

Specs

Components
Capsule Dynamic
Power
Electrical impedance 45 kOhms
Connectivity 96 mm (3.78 in.)
Sound
Polar patterns Omnidirectional
Frequency range 22 Hz - 16 kHz
Sensitivity 18 mV / Pa (-35 dBV)
Magnet Neodymium
Voice coil Copper
Dimensions
Mic Diameter 50 mm (1.97 in.)
Mic length 78 mm (3.07 in.)
Mic weight 205 g / 7.23 oz
What's in the box
Leatherette pouch
HOHNER / sE Logo sticker
Microfiber cloth
User manual with warranty card

Downloads

User Manual
  • “Designed to answer every need of the professional player: Premium components, fantastic pure tone, great dynamic response and excellent handling.”

    — Steve Baker (Have Mercy, Tony Sheridan, Truckstop, Howard Carpendale)
  • "I've got a ton of vintage mics that I like, but I baby them...this is sturdy. I feel confident I can just walk into a gig with this and say 'give me a mic line.'"

    — Mickey Raphael (Willie Nelson, Chris Stapleton, Paul Simon, Elton John, U2, Jason Isbell)
  • "After years of searching for the ideal mic for my music - now, I’ve finally found it!"

    — Steve Baker (Have Mercy, Tony Sheridan, Truckstop, Howard Carpendale)
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Q&A

How should I store my microphone?

We generally recommend keeping your microphone in its case or original packaging when it is not in use for more than a few hours. If your studio is very clean and safe, it could be OK to leave out on its mic stand when not in use, but if a mic is out of its case, it could potentially be exposed to dust, smoke, moisture, or humidity – which can damage the sensitive parts of the mic – so we recommend avoiding those things at all cost.

How do I clean the microphone from spillage and dirt?

If your microphone has come in contact with dirt or another removable substance, we recommend cleaning it with a very soft, slightly damp cotton cloth. Do not open the microphone up to clean the inside, and make sure you NEVER touch the capsule itself. Cleaning a capsule should only be done by highly trained professionals in a “clean room” environment. If you suspect your capsule needs to be cleaned, please contact [email protected] so we can recommend an authorized local technician.

My guitar amplifier / drum / horn is VERY loud, and I am concerned about the risk of damage due to loud noise.

For the most part, sE mics can tolerate extremely high SPLs (typically over 135dB) and will be fine in front of even the loudest sources – yes, even our ribbon mics. If in doubt, you can check the specifications on the individual product page.

How do I connect my microphone to my computer?

You’ll need some sort of audio interface to do this – essentially, a box that converts an analog signal into a digital one, and sends the digital signal to your computer software in a way that your computer can understand. Some audio interfaces also include microphone preamplifiers, which raise the signal level from “mic level” to “line level” – if you are using an interface with no built-in preamp, you’ll need to plug the mic into a separate mic preamp first.