A friend gave me this microphone a couple of years ago. He said that it was “a good instrument mic”. I have been using it since then at gigs for playing saxophone. I’ve heard a lot of talk lately about using Electrovoice microphones for playing harmonica, so I thought I would give it a try.
Even with the impedance transformer the output isn’t as high as the vintage Shure bullet microphone I usually use. It doesn’t bark the way the Shure does, because it doesn’t have quite the same high frequency response. The RE18 has a very deep sound, which is nice. Also, even though it doesn’t have an extremely strong signal it still is able to overdrive the amp nicely. The result is a very pleasing growl when it is tightly cupped.
The main problem I have with this microphone is that I don’t like holding skinny little microphones. It makes my hands tired after a short time. Maybe I’m not doing it right, but I always feel as if I’m trying to tightly grip a pencil with the palm of my hand, and it gets very annoying after about 3 or 4 minutes.
If you have smaller hands, or if you just like a thinner microphone, and you’re looking for a microphone with good bass response that you can overdrive easily, the RE18 would be a good choice.