Announcement   The doors are open!!

Apologies for the absence. I've been away from the shop for the past couple of months, relocating life & piezo elements out to California. I'm pleased as cheese to be up and running again: the soldering irons are standing by!

As a refresher, this shop features the majority of goodies that I build. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. I have additional models available (as well as audio links) on my website http://cranksturgeon.com

So, one might ask: what is a contact microphone?

A brass or steel disc called a "piezoelectric transducer" is affixed to a standard electric guitar cable. When you plug it into a guitar amp, mixer, or a recorder, this strange little device becomes a microphone. Unlike a typical vocal microphone, piezo transducers are designed to pick up physical vibration and act much like a doctor's stethoscope. In essence, anything that "vibrates" can be amplified: metal objects, household appliances, motors, wire fences, cat purrs, tea kettles, cardboard, string, balloons, tree branches, and even your own body. Whether you love to dabble in sound experimentation or simply want an inexpensive, solid mic to hook up to your instrument, a contact mic will open up a world of sounds.

I've been designing and manufacturing contact microphones for decades, and established this as an official business in 2007. All of my microphones are made with durable, brass / steel piezo components, manufactured here in the USA. Unless noted otherwise, the discs I use measure approximately 3.5 cm in diameter, i.e., not too big, and not too small. I also try to use the best jacks and plugs available (Switchcraft brand, etc), ensuring the longevity of your microphone. In addition to contact microphones, I also stock a few electric "shaker boxes", plinky-spring devices, lo-fi vocal microphones, and many other weirdo gadgets & devices. Custom orders are welcome!

I try to ship items quickly -- nobody likes to wait! While I would love to accommodate every need and desire for rapid shipping, please understand that this is a one-person operation and these objects take time to make. Check out my shipping policies for details.

Most of all, thanks for stopping by...
- Crank

Announcement

Last updated on Jul 1, 2018

The doors are open!!

Apologies for the absence. I've been away from the shop for the past couple of months, relocating life & piezo elements out to California. I'm pleased as cheese to be up and running again: the soldering irons are standing by!

As a refresher, this shop features the majority of goodies that I build. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions. I have additional models available (as well as audio links) on my website http://cranksturgeon.com

So, one might ask: what is a contact microphone?

A brass or steel disc called a "piezoelectric transducer" is affixed to a standard electric guitar cable. When you plug it into a guitar amp, mixer, or a recorder, this strange little device becomes a microphone. Unlike a typical vocal microphone, piezo transducers are designed to pick up physical vibration and act much like a doctor's stethoscope. In essence, anything that "vibrates" can be amplified: metal objects, household appliances, motors, wire fences, cat purrs, tea kettles, cardboard, string, balloons, tree branches, and even your own body. Whether you love to dabble in sound experimentation or simply want an inexpensive, solid mic to hook up to your instrument, a contact mic will open up a world of sounds.

I've been designing and manufacturing contact microphones for decades, and established this as an official business in 2007. All of my microphones are made with durable, brass / steel piezo components, manufactured here in the USA. Unless noted otherwise, the discs I use measure approximately 3.5 cm in diameter, i.e., not too big, and not too small. I also try to use the best jacks and plugs available (Switchcraft brand, etc), ensuring the longevity of your microphone. In addition to contact microphones, I also stock a few electric "shaker boxes", plinky-spring devices, lo-fi vocal microphones, and many other weirdo gadgets & devices. Custom orders are welcome!

I try to ship items quickly -- nobody likes to wait! While I would love to accommodate every need and desire for rapid shipping, please understand that this is a one-person operation and these objects take time to make. Check out my shipping policies for details.

Most of all, thanks for stopping by...
- Crank

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Hey everyone! It's been a great summer, and as such, I'll be taking a little break -- back August 14th. In the meantime, here's a picture of a recent custom sonic boggler/humdinger I built for a customer.
BOINGGGGGGH!
See ya soon!

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Squawking our way into springtime, introducing the Sputter Box! Cut and paste the link for a demo:
https://youtu.be/lQ-KkPKnK1Q
Now and again the soggy New England spring encourages the growth of prototypes. Taking a note from our PS Device, we fused our love for wobbly sounds and mounted a modified door jamb. Sounds great!

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About

Crank Sturgeon in a few sentences…

I've been building contact microphones since the early 1990's. It started as an art school "thing". A lot of us (as art students) had heaps of sonic ideas, but zero actual-musical talent. This resulted in frequent trips to thrift stores, dumpsters, and (if we were feeling rich) Radio Shack; anything it took to get our projects and up and running and sounding cool. Over the years, my DIY approach has evolved, not only as a weirdo/noise artist, but as a technician working for audio component manufacturers. The combo of experimental-tinkering and professional work resulted in my creating a product line of microphones; not only was I using them on my tours, friends were always asking me if they could buy one…

Fast-forward to 2007. I started Huso Solutions as a small business / DBA in order to promote the growing inventory of DIY transducers, homemade shaker boxes, and, of course: contact microphones. I signed up with Etsy in 2013.

Shop members

  • Crank Sturgeon

    Owner, Big Fish

    Noisemaker. Big Fish at Huso Solutions.

  • PMB

    Assistant, Customer Service

    Noisecat. Oversees product assembly. Onboard with Huso Solutions since 2010.

Shop policies

Last updated on January 31, 2018
Hello and thanks for your interest in my microphones! I do my best to ensure that these microphones will provide you with years of enjoyment. If, for whatever reason, you are not satisfied, I will happily replace or refund.

Accepted payment methods

  • Visa
  • Mastercard
  • American Express
  • Discover
  • Apple Pay
  • Klarna
  • Sofort
  • Ideal
  • Paypal
  • GiftcardAccepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
  • Perishable products (like food or flowers)
  • Digital downloads
  • Intimate items (for health/hygiene reasons)
Returns and exchange details
I will gladly refund or replace any microphone that has arrived damaged or isn't up to the customer's expectations. That said, this guarantee will not cover the improper use of the microphone. Please use responsibly!
Payment
I accept Direct Checkout, which includes PayPal, credit cards, Apple Pay, and more!
All microphones are shipped upon receiving payment and clearance of any E-checks. Any questions, please get in touch.
Shipping
When ordering, please include your correct mailing address! I cannot stress this enough. It is your responsibility to provide your current shipping details. I am not accountable for packages lost in the mail due to incorrect information.

Products ship within 2 weeks upon receiving payment. Everything is processed in the order that it is received. Turnaround time is usually less than this, however some items take longer to build. Not to sound grouchy, please, for the love of god, do not place an order with a note expressing that you'll need the mic in two days because you have an upcoming gig.

All my microphones ship 1st class priority mail within the USA. A $2 surcharge is added to the overall order; this covers Etsy, PayPal, and maintenance fees. International rates continue to go through the roof, and so additional shipping fees apply.

I will do what I can to provide tracking numbers, etc. Please keep in mind that sometimes chaos theory applies to shipping; once these products leave the post office, they are, unfortunately, at the mercy of the postal gods and not my responsibility if they get lost, stolen off your front porch, or intercepted by hungry alligators.
Additional policies and FAQs
Additional questions, please get in touch via email, crankst ("at") gmail ("dot") com or by visiting my website www.cranksturgeon.com