You're going to like the way you sound. I guarantee it.
Who is BlowsMeAway Productions?
My name is Greg Heumann. I am a performing harp player and I know tone! I invent, engineer and manufacture innovative products specifically for amplified harmonica right here at my shop in Geyserville, California. I offer four distinct lines of microphones, all optimized for harp players, plus many support products like volume controls, cables, wireless systems, adapters and more. I also do service, modifications and carry parts for DIY'ers. I have been doing it for nearly 20 years. I have a track record of outstanding quality and customer service.
BlowsMeAway products are for everyone from beginner to professional. Keep scrolling to hear from some of my pro
users. However if you just want a product line overview, click here to jump down to that
section.There are more testimonials below that, and there are videos of me performing in the "About Me" section at the bottom of this page.
Musselwhite, 6-time Grammy nominee and
23-time Blues Music (aka W.C. Handy) award winner prefers his BlowsMeAway Harmonica Microphones (he has
three!) and in-line volume controls.
The mics Greg made for me have everything I like, want and have to have in
a mic. First
all they have great tone. Second, they are very comfortable with easy access to the volume
the wood shell makes it very comfortable to hold. And, third, they're great looking mics with a
Charlie Musselwhite - June 2008
Toots Thielemans —
the most famous harmonica player in the world — performs with an Ultimate 58.
My sound engineer (Chris Weeda) introduced me to a new microphone for my harmonica a
ago. Although it also takes a good sound engineer to give you the sound you want to hear on
can say I'm very pleased with the Ultimate 58. It's a very nice, light and comfortable
August 22, 2016 - R.I.P. Toots Thielemans — you will be deeply missed.
For more than 30 years and nine albums, Rick Estrin
fronted the jumping, swinging Little Charlie & The Nightcats. The band continues with Rick up front
to this day as Rick Estrin and the Nightcats. Here's what Rick says about his BlowsMeAway mic:
I've been performing for over 40 years and I'm very selective about the
mics I use. The
Greg made for me is great
in every way. It has a huge, warm tone. It's light, easy to hold and I really dig the
Greg's smooth "stealth"
volume control design. And, if that's not enough, the beautiful, unique look of this mic is
Rick Estrin - June 2012
With his band The Blues Survivors, Mark Hummel
has released some twenty
albums since 1980, and has been both producing & performing at his Blues Harmonica Blowout
series since 1991.
These shows have grown to be a much heralded event & continue to draw sellout crowds wherever they
Here's what Mark has to say about his mic:
My customized BlowsMeAway mic is the lightest, most comfortable, most
sounding mic AND piece of handcrafted art I own!!! Thanks, Greg!!
Mark Hummel - August 2012
With his band The Mighty Flyers, Rod Piazza
has been recording longer than his mentor George "Harmonica" Smith did, or Sonny Boy
Williamson (either of them!), or
Big Walter Horton. He's been making records for more years than Little Walter was alive. Piazza is a
blues veteran with credentials that are second to none.
Rod chose burl maple, with a double stripe of black stone inlay and a personalized brass grill for
Rod also uses a BlowsMeAway wireless system
in his performances.
Here's what he has to say:
Hey Baby. Just used Greg's new personalized harp mic and I'm here to tell
ya. Not only
in appearance, but the feel and tone of the mic are as dynamic and punchy as you would want. The
volume is a perfect taper and smooth as they come.
I can dig it.
Rod Piazza - February 2013
Willie Nelson's harmonica player for the last 37 years,Mickey Raphael endorses his BlowsMeAway wood
for his blues work on stage with Willie. Additionally, he does studio work and has a CD out under his
own name, and has worked
with a who's who of artists including Elton John, U2, Motley Crue, Vince Gill, Emmy Lou Harris, The
Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Neil Young. Mickey wanted a very dark colored mic. This one is made from Gabon
He also wanted a low impedance setup so he could switch easily with his acoustic mic during his shows
Finally, he wanted the stealth volume control so he could easily match levels with the other mic.
is all about working with the customer to deliver exactly what they need and want.
Here's what Mickey has to say:
This mic "blows me away". Willie turned to me and
asked, "hey is
Little Walter here?" Then he said "Wait, is Musselwhite here?" Our sound guys, who
satisfied, said they really like this mic."
I've been in show biz a long time so I'm not easily impressed, but when I
workmanship that went into this mic I was, literally, "blown away". The attention to
detail, the quality and beauty of the materials and,
of course, the sound are very impressive indeed. I'm takin' this one on the road! Thanks Greg!
Kim Wilson - March 2010
I make bullet-style microphones that are lighter, easier to hold and certainly more beautiful than
vintage industrial microphones they're intended to replace. They also have a wonderful warm tone and
resistance as a result of the choice of materials. Each mic is a unique, handcrafted work of art.
Go to the Custom Wood Mics page for much more information.
I play with a BlowsMeAway Productions wood mic and it is my favorite mic! Super
and it fits in your hand WAY better than the stock mics. The coolest looks! And I love the
volume control now.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this mic to anyone that is serious about playing electric harp... I'm sold on
— recording artist Andy Just
"The tiny bullet with the huge tone." The Bulletini is truly teeny - and is the only
sub-sized bullet mic
on the planet with The Heumann Element- the world's only microphone element developed specifically
The incomparable Aki Kumar demonstrates the
Our take on the classic and popular Shure microphones, optimized for harmonica players. Shorter,
lighter, built in volume
control... and a choice of impedance and connectors to match your gear.
See the Ultimate Series page for more information. Ultimate Series
mics are the choice of pros
like Toots Thielemans, Ross Garren, Hermine Deuerloo, Billy Branch, Jackson Kincheloe, and Rob
The hands-free microphone that cups the mic for you - so you can get big fat dirty blues tone while your hands are busy playing guitar, drums, keys....
See the Rackit! Mics page for more information. Rackit! can be handheld, stand mounted or held in a neck rack. Removable end caps allow you to choose
the degree of "cupping" you want, for a range of tones from blues grit to Jimmy Reed/Bob Dylan clean!
I am no longer carrying wireless systems but I can help you get up and running with recommendations and any adapters you might need.
Designed by harp players for harp players, these handsome in-line volume controls give you simple
and reliable volume
control where you need it - at the microphone! This is useful for many reasons:
Kill feedback instantly
Optimize for vocals and harp when using the same mic for both
Adjust mid-performance for quieter harps (Low D comes to mind)
"Back off" a bit when filling behind anothers' solo or vocal.
Leave a little headroom for when the guitar player turns up (and you know he will...)
Turn your amp way up for overdriven sound, and back off at the volume control.
Walk over to adjust amp without feedback as you approach
These controls are precision machined, hand made and individually tested to withstand the rugged
I have made and sold hundreds of these controls. For more information, go to the
Volume Controls and Adapters page.
I restore these wonderful mid-60's vintage amplifiers - quite simply the best little
harp amps there ever
were. I have bought, rebuilt and sold over 400 (!!!) of these, making me the worldwide Kalamazoo
Model 1 and Model 2 expert.
Visit the Kalamazoo Page for more information.
You play a Shure SM57 or 545 mic. You love the tone but the small diameter makes your
hand cramp up.
This is the solution. Get a grip™ with The Bulletizer.
It's better in every way! Head to the Rackit! page to
learn more about the Rackit! and hear Charlie Musselwhite, Mark Hummel, Jon Gindick, Jimi
Lee, Juzzie Smith and Zack Pomerleau demonstrate the new Rackit!
Mark Hummel shows how it is done.
New! September 2019 - Shane Sager endorses Ultimate microphones
I have been using a Shure 57 for many years now- I come from the blues originally like most
harmonica players and love the sound of my BlowsMeAway custom wood bullet mic, but during this tour
I needed to access a cleaner, more natural sound to be able to play in all styles from Jazz to Rock
to Reggae. I find that the Ultimate 57 is the perfect mate to my chromatic harmonica; compact, easy
to hold, and delivers a sweet and natural tone. I have used it on countless gigs all over the world
and it has never failed - thanks Greg!
Two brothers decide to form a band, adapting the blues, folk and other roots-music sounds they loved as
kids into their own evocative sound and twining their voices in the sort of high-lonesome harmony blend
for which sibling singers are often renowned.
The Wood Brothers are an international touring act drawing crowds wherever they perform.
Chris Wood plays both electric and acoustic bass, and harmonica in a rack, along with vocals. He has
recently begun using the Rackit! microphone for his harp work, as well as some backing vocals.
For years I've dreamed of a way to mimic the sound of hands cupping my harmonica in its rack
while I play the bass. The Rackit! finally made that possible!” --March 2019.
March 2018 - Gary Smith endorses BlowsMeAway Productions' custom wood microphones.
I'm proud to
welcome Gary Smith as my newest professional endorser. Gary, a Hohner “Master of the Harmonica", has
been playing professionally since 1969 and was a big influence on many harp players, David Barrett, Aki
Kumar, Mark Ford and myself among them. Gary is a tone monster and has many records and CD's out there.
If you don't own his "Up The Line" - make a point of adding it to your collection.
Here's what Gary has to say:
I've had a week or so with the mic. I haven't got back to you in part, because this work of
yours is so damn thought provoking. Every harp mic I've ever used has been a resurrection of some
antique repurposed p.a. mic. This is entirely different. You've reimagined the harpmic into a
handcrafted artful and musical expression of your own design. Quite an achievement. So first ,kudos
to you and your cottage industry of one.
As for this mic...over the top looks, my friend. Anyone who has seen pictures is blown away, but in
person...the eyes bulge! Like a flame-top les paul, only round! The sound is top shelf as well, the
CR that you hand selected is spot on - big tone.
And I've got to add something about the light feel of the mic. So different, and so welcome! I've
long gotten accustomed to the heft of a jt-30 or 520, but I must say my 'arthur' hands really came
to appreciate the light grip. Long and short, I'm really glad we made this happen. I'm the latest
harp-maniac to be 'blown away' A zillion thanks, Gary Smith." March 2018.
November 2017 - John Nemeth endorses BlowsMeAway Productions' custom wood microphones.
John Németh is
an American electric blues and soul harmonicist, singer, and songwriter. He has received two Blues Music
Awards for Soul Blues Male Artist in 2014 and Soul Blues Album in 2015. John's mic is made from an array
of colored pencils, cast into a solid block with clear resin and then turned. John and I chose a vintage
Shure black label CR element, made in 1950 to power this beauty. John says:
My Blowsmeaway microphone is the best one I own both in tone and craftsmanship,
I love it!
John Nemeth — November 2017
Jackson Kincheloe and his band
Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds are a New York based band
playing a funky modern blues/pop-hard to describe unique mix of great music, fronted by singer (and
Jackson's sister) Arleigh. Jackson accompanies with a very broad range of harp tones - sometimes
sounding like a blues harp, sometimes like a hammond organ, and sometimes joining the horn section.
I've been using the Ultimate 57 from BlowsMeAway for years, and absolutely love
shorter length barrel makes it easy to hold, and the volume knob is a must when using different
textures/sounds. I prefer the 57 when playing through my pedalboard, but also love using the
Ultimate 545 for blues and rock gigs. Greg is a pleasure to work with, and always gets right back to
me if I have any questions. It's no surprise that I see Greg's mics being used by harp players all
over the country: they're the best!
Jackson Kincheloe — February 2017
May 31, 2016 - Andy Santana
endorses BlowsMeAway Productions' Bulletini® microphone.
Andy Santana and the West Coast Playboys have been around since the early 80's. Andy is a Delta Groove
Records recording artist and has been playing harp for 36 years plus. Andy says:
... and during all that time I searched far and near for the best harp mic I
This quest recently led me to Greg Heumann and his Bulletini mic design. I have an impressive
collection of very high quality mics from a variety of sources. All cost a lot more than the
Bulletini, but what sets this unique mic apart from the rest is its consistency in every amp I use
it with. It doesnt matter what amp I use, the sound is rich, round and fat. Even on amps designed
for guitar it sounds good, and I can't say that for the other mics. Not only does it sound great but
it's affordable as well. Quite frankly I love this little mic for its small size which allows for
the most wicked cup possible, and its fat sound. I highly recommend the Bulletini to anyone. Lastly
Greg Heumann is a good human being with integrity with a capitol "I". And he's a great harp
player/singer. The fact that he plays allows him to deeply understand what it takes to build a great
design. I highly endorse this fine product and hope you will check it out!
Santana — May 2016
Custom Wood Mic endorser, veteran harmonica master and king of tone Westside Andy loves his new BlowsMeAway
I just received my new mic from Greg and upon opening the box I was... well...
It was absolutely drop dead gorgeous, a real knock out, a true art piece! but, how does it sound?
Let me just say, it sounds as good as it looks! It feels great in the hands and that volume knob, oh
my!! Why are you reading this? Go order yours NOW!
Westside Andy Linderman — July 2015
In February 2017 harmonica manufacturer Seydel and pro player PT Gazell published a video about me:
The short story: I retired from my first career and started BlowsMeAway in 2004. I operate my own machine
wood shop and electronics lab. I'm the engineering department, the marketing department, the sales
shipping department..... you gotta problem? I can take care of it! Perhaps more importantly I'm a performing
player and I use the gear I make. My band,
Bluestate, released an album called Duracool which is available on iTunes and here at CDBaby.com. (I am the lead singer -
there is harp on about
5 of the tunes.)
I think it is important for your mic builder to be able to "walk the walk." You be the judge.
This is me:
As is this:
And so is this:
And this - which is NEW! April 6, 2022
From the same show, Caldonia - with me singing. April 6, 2022