@Terrygh1949 just told me he tried the Harp Arm Twist Magnetic Holder and it wasn’t quite adjustable enough so he’s gonna try the Harparatus. I hadn’t even been aware of either of those devices, although I did try the Bottle O Blues Harp Lock years ago.
For the Harp Lock you actually unscrew the ball off of a Sure SM-58 so the device is literally attached to the microphone itself. It didn’t really work well for me because I couldn’t get the stand to be stable enough for my playing style.
I just ordered a Seydel Gecko neck harp holder from Farmer Foot Drums. The benefit of this holder is that it has a quick release so you can have it down, pull it up and it locks right into the perfect position, and then you can release so that it gets out of your was when you’re back to singing. This could conceivably be a good solution to a lot of what I’ve hated about neck holders in the past.
On the Farmer Harp Holders page you can also see the Side Note which looks like it’s easier to put on and take off, and At $40 is half of the pricey Sydel Gecko at $80.
Within the next month or so I’ll do a video review of the Seydel Gecko and post a link to it here. The reason I bought it is to work in conjunction with the Rackit!2.0 from Blows Me Away Productions which I also have ordered and should be on it’s way to me before too long. The Rackit has a Bulletini mic inside of it and works in conjunction with the Seydel Gecko harp holder to be able to get a bullet-style mic sound hands free.
I was initially excited that the Rackit!2.0 is only $299, but it’s not quite that simple:
Rackit!2.0 (with Bulletini mic in it) $299
Adapter for Seydel Gecko $39
Screw on 1/4" Adapter $19
Seydel Gecko $79
So by the the time you add all that up it’s really more like $450 to be able to play amplified hands free.
There is also a mic stand adapter for the Rackit!2.0 that is $39 and that might be a really great solution for somebody who wants to play harmonica hands-free in an amplified style, but I held off on that for now because of my lack of success with the Harp Lock that I mentioned earlier, and also because I’m spending so much money already!
But if @Terrygh1949 ends up loving the Harparatus then I might try and pick up one of those plus the mic stand adapter for the Rackit!2.0 so I can shoot them out.
Maybe resourceful person out their has found a way to make mic stands more sturdy for playing harmonica?
What about you? Is there a great way to play harmonica hands-free that I’m not aware of?