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1) Where's the best place to buy these online?
2) Has anyone tried micing up a Glockenspiel with one of these?
can make them yourself really easily, Maplin have got all the bits. I don't know about the glockenspiel but I use them to mic up my harmonium.
I tried looking on Maplin, but to be honest I've no idea what parts I'm looking for - obviously I'll need a lead but typing 'contact mic' into Maplin's search thing didn't bring anything; am I being a hopeless idiot? What am I looking for?
"Contact mics" normally translate as piezoelectric crystals, which aren't really mics, and aren't great for many things. They're pretty brittle-sounding, in general. For something making a sustained sound, like a harmonium, they're pretty convenient and not too bad, but a glock's a bit more tricky- all the character of the sound comes from the attack, which just comes out as a piercing clank on a piezo. Also, placement's a problem, as the sound comes from a different place depending on which note you're playing.
If you're doing it live, a condensor mic about 18 inches away, directly above would be my favourite way. In the studio, stereo pair of condensors. If you're determined to go with the stick-on bugs, though, I'd recommend having one low down and one higher up, to get a decent balance of sound- if you just have one in the middle, the middle notes will be ludicrously loud, and the highs & lows will get lost.
Hope this helps a bit.
I just fancied trying it as a cheap experiment - I probably should just invest in a decent mic (not tried a condenser mic live before actually, I'll give that a try) or a better glockenspiel!
noisefx sells his ones, they're horrid looking but they're cheap
bugbrand as well, a lot of people i know think they're good.
you don't want to mic a glock with them. best thing to do is just mic it regularly..perhaps with two mics if you've got them spare