- High grade passive variable reluctance transducer
- High quality Switchcraft 3 pin XLR connector
- Rugged copper housing and components
- Dismounting kit for optional ergonomic hand held use
- Handcrafted in the U.S.A
- Lifetime operational warranty
- Aircraft aluminum shock mount ring to fit North American style stands (will fit European stands with common threaded adapter)
- Type: Dynamic
- Polar Pattern: Cardioid
- Frequency Response: 200Hz – 12kHz
- Impepdance: 150 ohms
- Output: 105 +/- 2dB SPL @ 1 kHz
- Microphone Dimensions: 1.75 inch x 2.25 inch
- Shock Mount Dimensions: 6 inch diameter x 0.75 inch
- Weight: 0.75 lbs
All samples have been recorded with a Shure sm58 for A/B comparisons. Samples with the sm58 always appear first in the sequence, followed by the same performance through the Copperphone Mini.
HOW DOES THE COPPERPHONE MINI SOUND AND HOW DOES IT DIFFER FROM THE COPPERPHONE?
The Copperphone Mini was originally designed for harmonica players as a hand held alternative to the Copperphone. It does have a similar nostalgic character to the sound because it operates within a limited bandwidth (please listen to the provided sound samples). However the Copperphone Mini uses a higher performance modern element and does not utilize a resonant chamber. The result is a microphone that is more sensitive and sounds more direct than the Copperphone.
DOES THE COPPERPHONE MINI COME WITH A MOUNTING SYSTEM AND HOW DO I ATTACH IT TO A MIC STAND?
The rugged aircraft aluminum ring mount can be attached to any standard North American mic stand (5/8 inch). If you have a European style mic stand (3/8 inch), the Copperphone Mini can be attached with a threaded adapter insert (see here
). This type of insert is not provided with the Copperphone Mini but can be easily obtained at your local music store for a nominal cost.
If you decide to use the ring mounting system with a microphone stand, another adapter is recommended to give the user full range of adjustability. We suggest the Audio Technica AT8459 (see here).
CAN THE COPPER CAPSULE BE REMOVED FROM THE RING MOUNT FOR HAND HELD USE?
Yes, with the use of a small kit provided the Copperphone Mini can easily be removed from the ring mount and adapted for use as an ergonomic hand held microphone. Once dismounted, the Copperphone Mini can then be used like a ‘bullet mic’ for harmonica or used to mic up hard to reach places like the open back of a guitar cabinet or through the the hole of a kick drum.
A quick video demonstration of how to dismount the Copperphone Mini from the ring mount, can be seen here.
DOES THE COPPERPHONE MINI USE PHANTOM POWER AND WHAT SORT OF CONNECTION DOES IT REQUIRE?
The Copperphone Mini does not require phantom power as it uses a passive dynamic element. It uses a Switchcraft 3 pin male XLR connector and can be connected to any audio gear with 3 pin female XLR connector via an XLR cable. Accidentally applying phantom power will not harm the microphone or affect its performance.
WHAT IF I WANT TO USE IT LIKE A HARP MIC AND CONNECT IT TO AN AMPLIFIER?
For that application a female XLR to male 1/4 inch conversion is required. For the best performance we recommend an impedance matching transformer (see here
) in conjunction with a standard XLR mic cable (see here
CAN THE COPPERPHONE MINI BE USED IN THE STUDIO?
Certainly. Because the sound of the Copperphone Mini has a character unlike many other traditional mics, it makes a great addition to any recording enthusiast’s arsenal of microphones. It can be used as an all out obvious ‘effect’ on it’s own or it can be paired with other traditional microphones for infinite blending possibilities.
CAN THE COPPERPHONE MINI BE USED LIVE? WHAT ABOUT FEEDBACK?
Yes the Copperphone Mini can be used live. As with any microphone, feedback can be an issue. Results will vary depending on the application, the overall volume of your band, the quality of the sound system and the experience of the engineer running the sound system. However very careful adjustment and equalization of the Copperphone Mini in the monitors can yield acceptable results. If you use an in ear monitor system, potential feedback problems are usually not an issue.
IS THE COPPERPHONE MINI OR ITS DIAPHRAGM FRAGILE? WILL IT STOP WORKING IF IT IS DROPPED OR MISHANDLED?
It should not. The Copperphone Mini is constructed from quality rugged materials and is likely to withstand a high degree of shock or other physical impacts. The Copperphone Mini can also withstand extremely high sound pressure levels without damage to the diaphragm.
DOES THE COPPERPHONE MINI REALLY COME WITH A LIFETIME OPERATIONAL WARRANTY?
Yes and the warranty covers any part of the microphone’s operational performance. The warranty does not cover general wear and tear on the cosmetics of the microphone. If for any reason your Copperphone Mini stops working or seems to be working improperly please contact us
and let us know the problem. If a repair is required please ship your mic to us and we will fix it free of charge.
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