Reviews & Testimonials

Music directors appreciate Bartlett mics' pure sound March 28 2016

"These mics are unbelievable. I bought them to mic my string section in my orchestra for musicals at my church and I am blown away. They sound so natural and unadulterated. Very pure sound. This is a fantastic product and I will be recommending them to other church leaders and surrounding orchestras. I appreciate the quality and that they are made in America for an affordable price."

Nicolas Ford
Alum Rock Christian Church
San Jose, CA


"Hi Bruce-
Thank you for sending that microphone right away. The cellist said that was the best she had ever heard herself mic'd- she's been a professional for a number of years. The cello certainly sounded amazing during our Easter service.  Thank you again for your timely shipping and awesome product!" 
Nathan Ryan
Director of Arts and Worship
All Souls Church Seattle

Bartlett Cello Mic Testimonial from a Contra Dance Band March 16 2014

Our Contra Quartet played to a packed house last night in Tacoma. Absolute best sound we have ever had. I was thrilled at the Cello Mic sound quality during the sound check. It is the first time that the cello sounded as good, if not better, than the acoustic sound in our practice sessions.

During the sound check, I mounted the Cello Mic for the very first time, right out of the box, according to your instructions: midway between tailpiece and bridge, pointing directly at top of the cello. The foam is a simple, brilliant solution. I threw a little extra loop around a fine tuner with the cable, just to protect the cable from being pulled accidentally.

[Our soundman] was very impressed!  I got "the nod" of approval when I first started playing. He said "very full range"...very impressive.

After playing our hearts out all evening, here is what I note:

  • Crisp low end. Strong and solid without being boomy.
  • Wonderful, cello-like mid tones. This sound in particular captures what I call the "buzzy-tactile-string" quality that is so desired by cellists. It is hard to describe to non-string players, but it is a rich, earthy sound quality.
  • Sweet high end.  I was totally surprised by this. I don't think the sound guy did much (if any) EQ work, but there is absolutely no harshness in the high end.

Bruce, thank you for the care and thought you put into designing this mike. You have created something simple, practical and extremely high quality that supports natural sound reinforcement, while also elegantly solving the feedback, mounting issues.  A brilliant design on all counts."

-- Stephen Cifka

Video Review of Bartlett Cello Mic by John Stuart August 18 2013

Thanks very much to classical cellist John Stuart for doing this video review of our Cello Mic:

Grammy-Winning Quartet Relies on Bartlett Microphones August 11 2013

A two-time Grammy winner, the Turtle Island Quartet is known for its lush string sound and genre-bending musical innovation. Now celebrating its 25th year as a quartet, this Fall the group has chosen Bartlett miniature instrument microphones for their live-sound reinforcement.

Violist Jeremy Kittel says, “The mics are sounding great -- no EQ at all necessary most of the time.” The quartet had previously used microphones that needed a fair amount of EQ at the mixer to reduce harshness, but the new Bartlett mics are tuned specifically for close-miking stringed instruments.

“I recently heard the Quartet perform at the University of Notre Dame” said microphone designer Bruce Bartlett. “It was a thrill to hear these virtuoso players using our mics in concert. The house sound was warm, sweet and easy on the ears.”

Since 1985 the Turtle Island Quartet has created new trends in chamber music for strings -- playing jazz, bluegrass, swing, be-bop, funk, R&B, rock, hip-hop as well as the music of Latin America and India. Their latest album “Have You Ever Been” features the music of Jimi Hendrix and Turtle Island Quartet founder and composer-in-residence David Balakrishnan.

With over a dozen major-label recordings and motion picture sound tracks, the group has appeared on the Today Show, All Things Considered, and Prairie Home Companion.

Bartlett designs and builds specialty microphones for acoustic instruments and theater productions. Owner/engineer Bruce Bartlett says, “As long-time fans of the Turtle Island Quartet, we are honored to help convey its beautiful sound to its audiences.”


Strings Magazine video review of the Fiddle Mic and Cello Mic August 10 2013



Recording Made Simple with Clip-on Mics July 27 2013

Imagine a recording session with no mic stands, headphones or isolation booths. It’s entirely possible using Bartlett clip-on mics on the instruments.

Saluda Grade, a North Carolina string band, recently recorded an album at our studio. With our mini mics on their instruments, the band played in a tight circle as they normally jam at home. The close miking eliminated leakage and room acoustics, so no isolation booths were needed. The players could punch-in corrections without creating "ghost" tracks. Sound samples are at the end of this article.  Read more