Musings, possibly ramblings:
A rectangular panel of wood or perspex resting on top of the harmonium, over the reed bank. Absorbent material between the surfaces to minimise mechanical noise and prevent slippage.
I wouldn't want to obscure the reed bank as it'll cut down a pretty vital "natural" monitor!!
Two holes in the panel to accommodate 2x Silver Bullet mics (I'd fix them with silicone sealant) are connected by XLR to a 2 channel mini mixer (can also be fixed to the panel). Thence to the PA.
hmm... holes... this is what was suggested by the shop with one of their solutions.. I'm not convinced i want holes!
Quote:well the harmonium blasts it's sound at me... so no need of a monitor usually!
All in one unit, just one power connection.
An element of acoustic isolation will reduce feedback, high end at least.
Headphone output on mini mixer can be used for monitor.
Relatively cheap (I reckon less than £60 for the tech bits).
Might not be the ideal distance for the mics.
Not the most elegant solution.
I may be completely mad.
PZM on the panel, no mixer, otherwise as above. PZM can be phantom powered.
all very interesting though.. I think I will persist with this more expensive option (tools for the job etc) - the primary reasons are size, not damaging my harmonium and to reduce faff - the crocodile clip idea with its integral shock mount means that, respectively, I can fit it in the space of time it takes to plug the XLRs in, and the shock mount is designed to reduce mechanical noise, and not drill holes.
I know another harmonium player and he just uses a mic on the stand. that's fine, but whenever i've done this, it's somehow proved to be a nightmare for me... one more thing to set up
maybe this is down to the fact I've not played in a band til this year.... !
ta so much for the advice mate!