CrankSturgeon

Contact Microphones and More!

On Etsy since 2013

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This shop got multiple 5-star reviews in the past 7 days.

CrankSturgeon

Contact Microphones and More!

2,739 Sales

Announcement    May 2020 update: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is slowing things down quite a bit, delaying the shipment of parts. I've had to reschedule orders to ship within a 2-3 week range.

International customers: COVID-19 is having a tremendous affect on overseas orders. Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about this. Packages are getting held up; expect a 1-2 month shipping time. Please refer to this link for more information about international service.
https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/

It's back! The module used for Temporal Knob Twirler has arrived. There are handful available. Whew!

Discontinued items: the Husoscope (stethoscope) microphone is on hold. I'll have it back in stock once the pandemic is over and medical parts can be responsibly sourced. Medical professionals need stethoscopes more than artists do!

Stay safe out there, and happy noises,
Crank


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Welcome to my shop. I build contact microphones, transducers, verbal actualizers, and a handful of lofi gadgets (loopers, passive switchers, instruments, etc). Scroll down to the "around the web" section to preview some of my devices at work. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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

A disc called a piezoelectric transducer is affixed to an audio cable. Plugged into a guitar amp, mixer, or a recorder, this strange little device acts very much like a microphone. Unlike a typical vocal microphone, piezo transducers are designed to pick up physical vibration - allowing the user to amplify all sorts of unlikely objects: junk metal, household appliances, motors, wire fences, cat purrs, tea kettles, cardboard, string, balloons, tree branches, and even one's own body.

I've been designing and manufacturing contact microphones for decades, and established this as an official business in 2007. All my contact microphones are made with durable, brass piezo components; I do my best to source materials manufactured here in the USA. As a touring artist, I understand the travails of constant use, so I'm keenly aware of which components (cables, jacks, etc) to use so as to ensure the longevity of the microphone. In addition to contact microphones, check out some of my instruments - shaker boxes & plinky-spring devices; as well lo-fi vocal microphones and other weirdo gadgets.

Custom orders are welcome!

Announcement

Last updated on May 12, 2020

May 2020 update: the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is slowing things down quite a bit, delaying the shipment of parts. I've had to reschedule orders to ship within a 2-3 week range.

International customers: COVID-19 is having a tremendous affect on overseas orders. Unfortunately there's nothing I can do about this. Packages are getting held up; expect a 1-2 month shipping time. Please refer to this link for more information about international service.
https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/

It's back! The module used for Temporal Knob Twirler has arrived. There are handful available. Whew!

Discontinued items: the Husoscope (stethoscope) microphone is on hold. I'll have it back in stock once the pandemic is over and medical parts can be responsibly sourced. Medical professionals need stethoscopes more than artists do!

Stay safe out there, and happy noises,
Crank


(((((((((( our )))))))))))) ((((( company ))))) (((((((( blurb )))))))))))

Welcome to my shop. I build contact microphones, transducers, verbal actualizers, and a handful of lofi gadgets (loopers, passive switchers, instruments, etc). Scroll down to the "around the web" section to preview some of my devices at work. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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

A disc called a piezoelectric transducer is affixed to an audio cable. Plugged into a guitar amp, mixer, or a recorder, this strange little device acts very much like a microphone. Unlike a typical vocal microphone, piezo transducers are designed to pick up physical vibration - allowing the user to amplify all sorts of unlikely objects: junk metal, household appliances, motors, wire fences, cat purrs, tea kettles, cardboard, string, balloons, tree branches, and even one's own body.

I've been designing and manufacturing contact microphones for decades, and established this as an official business in 2007. All my contact microphones are made with durable, brass piezo components; I do my best to source materials manufactured here in the USA. As a touring artist, I understand the travails of constant use, so I'm keenly aware of which components (cables, jacks, etc) to use so as to ensure the longevity of the microphone. In addition to contact microphones, check out some of my instruments - shaker boxes & plinky-spring devices; as well lo-fi vocal microphones and other weirdo gadgets.

Custom orders are welcome!

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About CrankSturgeon

Sales 2,739
On Etsy since 2013

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 April 27, 2020
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

Accepts 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
This shops accepts Direct Checkout, which includes PayPal, credit cards, and Apple Pay.
All microphones are processed upon receiving payment. Clearance of E-checks can take a few days. 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 2-3 WEEKS* upon receiving payment. Purchases are processed in the order that they are received. Turnaround time is usually less than this, and I do my best to get items out in a timely manner. I understand that nobody likes to wait.

*The COVID-19 pandemic is starting to affect shipment of parts and mail delivery. As this situation is fluid, I'll be amending the shipping times of certain products.

Pretty please: DO NOT place an order with a note expressing that you'll need the mic in two days because you have an upcoming gig. This is not only rude but it's unfair to the other customers. If you're in a rush, GET IN TOUCH FIRST.

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

I will provide tracking numbers when your items ship. 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.

As a shop owner, I reserve the right to cancel orders.
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