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May 16, 2019 - 11:10:41 AM
274 posts since 11/30/2007

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A DPA rep told me that he had attached the DPA drum mount (DC 4099) to Alison Brown's banjo and that it was stable, so I got one.

All of the online pictures of the drum mount attached to a banjo or drum show it in a vertical position with the top of the mount attached to the stretcher band. The mount would not stay reliably on my banjo in that position.

I thought perhaps I could attach the mount horizontally to two banjo brackets. With difficulty, I pushed/slid the cube-shaped insert containing the mic holder out of the end of the mount, turned it 90 degrees, and slid it back into its slot. (I do not remember reading about this capability anywhere, but the insert seems designed to be converted in that way.) I then easily attached one end of the clip around a banjo bracket and, with some difficulty because the hard rubber mount is so stiff, attached the other end to an adjoining banjo bracket. The mount was then horizontal to the banjo head with the channel for holding the 4099 gooseneck perpendicular to the mount. Once the mount was in place, it was extremely tight and stable.

I then placed the gooseneck in the mount channel. In the following video, the person has no trouble sliding the little clip down the gooseneck
and around the rubber channel on the mount. It is not easy for me. The clip has to be forced down over the channel. It is not so bad when the mount is off the banjo, but when it is attached to the brackets, the installation is challenging to accomplish without pulling the mount off of the brackets.

I have mounted the 4099 in this way for two shows. All went well. I bend the gooseneck so that the end of the mic is about 1/2 inch from the banjo head. I am still experimenting with locations, but I already sound just like Earl with this rig.


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