NEW VERSION 2.0 Rackit!™ 2.0 Hands-free Harmonica Microphone by BlowsMeAway Productions Includes Free USA Shipping

NEW VERSION 2.0 Rackit!™ 2.0 Hands-free Harmonica Microphone by BlowsMeAway Productions Includes Free USA Shipping

BlowsMeAway Productions

  • $310.00
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Rackit!™ 2.0

Hands-free Harmonica Microphone

Most players know that cupping a harmonica microphone fattens your acoustic and especially your amplified tone. Unfortunately this is impossible for people whose hands are busy doing something else – like playing guitar, or for people with disabilities that prevent them from cupping a traditional mic. Rackit! cups the mic for you! And the built-in Bulletini® mic has already earned high praise from beginners to pros. You get world class tone, hands-free!

What's New with Rackit! 2.0?

Rackit! 2.0 incorporates several improvements over the original Rackit!:

  • Broader tonal range - from fat and dirty to "Bob Dylan/ Jimmy Reed clean"
  • Lower profile - easier to see your guitar's neck
  • Better balance
  • Replaceable harp jaw
  • More professional appearance and feel
  • Redesigned and improved stand mount option
  • Redesigned and improved Seydel Gecko rack support

Rackit! 2.0 Features:

  • Stunning tone! From fully cupped, dirty fat blues tone to "Bob Dylan/Neil Young/Jimmy Reed" clean
  • 3 Tone Modes - Switch easily between them during performance
  • Fits most popular Diatonic harmonicas*
  • Fits most popular racks*
  • Incorporates the legendary Bulletini® microphone
  • Switch harps easily and quickly
  • Wired or Wireless operation
  • Allows a deeper embouchure than some racks permit (more harp in your mouth)
  • Use amplified or acoustic, in a rack, on a stand or hand held
  • Light weight, low profile - see your guitar's neck!

*See list below


Don't believe it? Listen to these pros! You've never heard harp in a rack like this!
These videos demonstrate a range of available Rackit! tones - from clean jazz to dirty blues. Take a listen!

Grammy award winner Charlie Musselwhite is perhaps the best known blues harmonica player in the world. Charlie is living proof that great music only gets better with age. He cut his (musical) teeth alongside Muddy Waters, Howling Wolf and everyone on the South side of Chicago in the early 1960’s. More than 20 albums later he is at the top of his game, a revered elder statesman of the blues nowhere near ready to hang up his harps, his depth of expression as a singer and an instrumentalist unexcelled and only growing deeper.

Charlie has been collaborating with the world’s finest artists for many years, including Ben Harper, Cyndi Lauper, Eddie Vedder, Tom Waits, Bonnie Raitt, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Gov’t Mule, INXS, Mickey Hart and Japan’s Kodo Drummers, George Thorogood, Eliades Ochoa, Cat Stevens and personal friend and best man at his wedding John Lee Hooker.

Charlie says:
“I've been using BlowsMeAway Productions' custom wood mics and Bulletini for years and I love them. So when Greg developed the original Rackit! I began to use it so I could get great blues tone when I play guitar. Rackit! 2.0 is even better in every way - I love it! I ain't lyin!”

When Jimi Lee was a teenager he opened shows for giants: Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Bobby Blue Bland. In his twenties, Jimi played harmonica for legends: Willie Nelson, Stephen Stills, Clarence Clemens, Pinetop Perkins and others. He spent 12 years in Hawaii captivating audiences from around the world and was voted “Best in the state” by the Hawaiian Blues Society. Jimi grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, honed his craft in Austin and now entertains audiences almost every night on the island of Maui in Hawaii. Jimi is also a favorite at SPAH, where I got to know him. He has used Rackit 1.0 for the last several years, but only when he was playing blues. Jimi Lee is one of the artists I had foremost in my mind when developing Rackit! 2.0 as I knew he would appreciate the cleaner tones available to him for his jazz work.

Jimi says:
“Now that I can play everything from dirty blues to clean jazz standards, I'm completely sold on Rackit! BlowsMeAway knocked it out of the park with this new design.”

Juzzie Smith is a incredibly talented one-man band, based in Byron Bay Australia. Juzzie’s unique style is bluesy/folk mixed into a groove of its own. With millions of views on YouTube, he can play up to six instruments at once including guitar, harmonica and juggling percussion, and entertains audiences all over the world.

Juzzie says:
“I love how the Rackit! gives me such a range of tones, and that I can mix it with my singing when I perform.”

You can see more of Juzzie's great videos, some highlighting his use of the original Rackit!, and now Rackit! 2.0 on his YouTube channel.

“At last! Big-time blues harp amplification for rack players! This is going to be a game changer.” --Jon Gindick

Jon Gindick is an American best-selling musical instruction author. His books, CDs, and videos on playing the blues harmonica have sold over 2,000,000 copies. He owns and operates Blues Harmonica Jam Camp, a 5-day blues harmonica retreat for players of all levels in Clarksdale, Mississippi and Ventura, California.

Grammy Nominee, Blues Award Winner, Author, Harp Man Mark Hummel is one of the top blues harmonica performing artists in the world today.

Mark says:
“The newest version of The Rackit! is sleeker and easier to maneuver with. I love that you can change the tone up with the caps on or off on the sides too! The tone with the high end cap off works beautifully for what I’m doing. Bravo to you, BlowsMeAway Productions!!!”

RJ Mischo demonstrates the new Rackit! in all 3 tone modes. RJ has been playing harp since the age of 9, with a career that has spanned decades and with many records under his belt. Originally from Minnesota, RJ now lives in California where he performs regularly.

RJ says:
“I love the new Rackit! Better in every way!”

Zack Pomerleau is the drummer and harp player for Doug Deming and the Jeweltones band. Zack lays down a hell of a shuffle, while using the Rackit! to blow a mean harp! In this video, Zack demonstrates the full range of available Rackit! 2.0 tones.

Zack says:
The Rackit! Microphone is the only way to get that classic Chicago sound while using a rack. When I was tasked with playing harp and drums at the same time with the Jewel Tones, my mission was to find a way to get THAT sound Little Walter and other greats got but while drumming. After trying many setups, it was only the Rackit! that got me the tone, response, and breakup that I desired not to mention feedback resistance. The Rackit! enables me to sound like I’m playing through a bullet even when my hands are busy shuffling! And Rackit! 2.0 makes a great product even better!”

Here's a taste of Zack playing drums and harp at the same time with his Rackit! 2.0...

Ordering Information:

Rackit! comes in 2 models:

Rackit!- Body with BVC Bulletini VC Mic $310

Complete mic, ready to play. Just add cable or adapter to connect to your amplifier, PA or wireless system.

Rackit!-BVC includes a Bulletini grill and grill foam so you can remove the Bulletini and use it by itself*, and 1.5mm allen wrench.

* The Bulletini is mounted to the Rackit! with 2 very small, easy-to-lose screws. This is not a change you would want to make during performance. It is best to do over a white towel on a brightly lit table.

Rackit! Body only $145

If you already own a Bulletini or Bulletini-VC, you can convert it to a Rackit!-BVC*.

Rackit! includes Bulletini mounting screws and a 1.5mm allen wrench.

 

Option: Factory-installed Gecko Rack Support +$19

...when ordered with Rackit! or Rackit!-BVC. You can also order a complete Gecko-ready replacement later (see below) for $39.

 

 

Option: Factory Installed Stand Mount +$39

...when ordered with Rackit! or Rackit!-BVC. Mounts Rackit! to vertical or boom-style mic stands. Standard 5/8"-027 Mic Stand thread. You can also order the stand mount kit later (see below.)


Accessories:

Gecko Upgrade Kit $39

Replacement Jaw for Seydel Gecko and Farmer ArchTop and SideNote Harp Holders. Just remove your original jaw and install this one to use Rackit! with one of these fine racks!

Note that you can order a new Rackit! with the Gecko Jaw factory installed for only $19 plus the price of the Rackit! model you choose.

 

Stand Mount Upgrade Kit $39

Mounts Rackit! to vertical or boom-style mic stands. Standard 5/8"-027 Mic Stand thread. Includes mount and mounting screws.

Important: Some early Rackit!s did not have stand mount mounting holes pre-drilled in the Rackit! body. If yours is one of those, email BlowsMeAway for a solution!

 

Rackit! Mute $19

Don't want to play amplified but want to practice more quietly at home? This Mute closes the opening where the mic is normally installed.


Specifications:
Weight: Rackit! -- 2.6oz.   Rackit!-BVC -- 8.5 oz.
Length: Rackit! -- 5” W x 3.5" L   Rackit-BVC -- 5" W x 5.25" L
Body Material: 3D MJF Printed PA12 Nylon.
End Cap and Jaw Material: 3D MJF Printed Thermoplastic Polyamide (TPA).
Mic Material: Cast Zinc
Mic Element: “The Heumann Element” - High impedance, dynamic, neodymium magnet, harp-tuned (See the Bulletini page for more information)
Mic Connector: Switchcraft 5/8” Screw-on Male


Harmonicas tested:

  • DaBell Contender
  • Easttop 10-hole
  • Hohner Marine Band
  • Hohner Special 20
  • Hohner Crossover*
  • Hohner Golden Melody
  • Hohner Rocket
  • Hohner PentaHarp
  • Lee Oskar
  • Seydel 1847 (Noble, Classic, Silver, One70)
  • Seydel Session, Session Steel
  • Seydel Solist Pro (12 hole), Favorite
  • Suzuki Manji & Low Tone
  • Suzuki BluesMaster

*The Hohner Crossover has very sharp rear corners that can damage your Rackit! The Rackit! Owner's Manual provides instructions on how to bend the corners slightly to prevent this.

Racks tested:

  • NEW! Seydel Gecko - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED**
  • Hohner HH-01*
  • Hohner HH-154*
  • Hohner MZ-2010 Flex Rack
  • Konig & Meyer*
  • Farmer Footdrums ArchTop and SideNote**
  • Blues Tools***

*These racks may have L-shaped tabs that prevent a harmonica from moving too far rearward. In some cases you can rearrange the rack so these tabs are on the front side – in which case the Rackit! will fit just fine. Otherwise, these tabs must be removed or bent straight to accommodate Rackit! Rackit!. prevents your harps from moving rearward.

**The Farmer Footdrums magnetic racks require installation of an Adapter Kit, sold separately. The kit provides a small steel bar with double-face tape that you mount in the “well” in Rackit!’s lower jaw to attract the magnet.

*** Out of production




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