MandoHarp - Quality instruments for discerning musicians.
Quality instruments for discerning musicians.

Proudly owned and operated in rural Australia by
Australian musicians and craftsmen.
LOUDBARK CUSTOM TIMBER MICROPHONES
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Loudbark Custom Timber Microphones
Designed and manufactured in Australia by Australian harp players.

See Loudbark's new web site at www.loudbark.net (currently offline).

Manufactured in Victoria by Loudbark for use with vocals, harmonicas, brass and other instruments. These wonderful timber microphones are low impedance (500 Ohms @ 1KHz) and thus work fine into an XLR vocal mic input or a low impedance instrument input.

Since the mic is at the high end of lo-Z mic impedance range (< 600 ohms, see Impedance Matching for Microphones: Is it Necessary at Shure, and Bruce Bartlett's Impedence FAQ) and most modern amps use bridging inputs, plugging into Hi-Z inputs seems to work very well for us.  See the Loudbark element specification sheet here.

Note: At MandoHarp we're currently working with a US harp mic manufacturer to design and produce a small inline device that provides switchable hi/lo impedance (see Audio Transformers at Shure) and volume control. Stay tuned for more on this soon!

Dane Clarke at MandoHarp (harp player with Headland and The Gypsy Tarts) has been 'Loudbarking' with a Loudbark Leaf mic at every gig for the last couple of years and highly recommends them.

Sound samples from artists using Loudbark microphones 

Here are some links to YouTube clips and mp3 files of various Loudbarkers.

The Pain In My Heart The Lyman Debut sample - Loudbark used for vocal and harmonica

I Will The Lyman Debut sample - Loudbark used for vocal and harmonica

The Evening Dolls - Loudbark used as a vocal effects mic (next to the Shure)

NEW! See and hear Indiana Phoenix (Brian Cain) play his Loudbark mic on YouTube and see and hear Indiana Phoenix hold and play four diatonics and his Loudbark at the same time - an amazing feat! [Excellent key change work here - I'm jealous!! Dane]

Loudbark and MandoHarp would like to extend special thanks to Indiana Phoenix for putting these clips together. See them now and you won't be able to resist a Loudbark mic! You can visit Indiana Phoenix's Web site at http://www.indianaphoenix.com.au. Check it out!

Indiana Phoenix
Indiana Phoenix
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Indiana Phoenix

 

Get Rowan and Michelle to make you your very own Aussie timber harp mic and give loudbarking a go yourself. You won't regret it! visit the Loudbark web site

Above is a picture of Dane Clarke's Loudbark Leaf Mic as it was delivered. As you can see the microphone is excellently packaged in a small zippered gig bag and comes with a microphone stand attachment that allows you rest the mic's XLR input lead into the attachment and just slide it out when you want to loudbark around the stage a bit. 

These are just a small sample of the many wonderful individual microphone designs Loudbark can create for you. You can also get your own design imprinted on your microphone! You can even choose the wood type and grain patterns you like. Contact MandoHarp, or visit the Loudbark web site for more details.

About MandoHarp

At MandoHarp we play the instruments we sell! Each of our musician and craft associates has over thirty years experience within their area of expertise. MandoHarp supplies and repairs reed and string instruments for local music shops and individual musicians - we sell to our friends. At MandoHarp our pimary areas of expertise are Mandolins and Harmonicas, hence our name. We also have contracted associates who work with a wide range of instruments, especially folk. This is our first foray onto the internet and we look forward to meeting many new musical friends here. At MandoHarp we appreciate fine instruments and we want you to have them!

About MandoHarp Instruments

All MandoHarp instruments are tracked from the moment of their original creation or purchase. Each instrument is assessed by an expert musician when received and again before offering it for sale. A brief report is written and stored in our database for each item, noting paticularly our expert assessment on receipt, any work performed on the instrument and its final condition.

Personal Service

At MandoHarp we like to get to know our customers - we're musicians and we like to get to know other musicians. We love to talk with musicians whenever possible [probably a bit too much! :)]. And especially musicians who are interested in our instruments. Please feel more than welcome to email (info@mandoharp.com) or phone us (61- 2-65685545) to discuss your music at any time.

Inspections, trials and pickup by prior arrangement are welcome at our workshop in Nambucca Heads, near Coffs Harbour on the NSW North Coast.

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Our goal at MandoHarp is to provide instruments you will cherish for many years to come.