The MiniFlex Model 1 is the product of 30 years of research and
development from Ken Donnell - one of the pioneers in acoustic instrument
"The 2Mic design attempts, as much as possible within the confines of a guitar body, to reproduce a three-dimensional sound", Ken states. "The first two dimensions are created by each individual mic (being mechanically out of phase to each other), and the third dimension is created by how the 2Mic design electronically processes these two signals."
The Model 1 mounts using the endpin hole. Model 2 is a quick-mount version of the 2Mic. We offer 12 systems of both endpin and quick mount designs. All of our tail-block mounted models can be used in addition to an existing pick up system by adding a second installation hole in the tail-block.
MiniFlexMic has always been a small "home town" company - which reflects in our attention to product detail and our customer service.
MiniFlexMic development began in 1987 and has grown into the company you see today selling MiniFlex products worldwide. We are a favorite of gifted artisans from Costa Rica to Canada, and from Australia to the United Kingdom. We welcome many talented musicians to our family of endorsing artists and appreciate their continued support and promotion of the MiniFlexMic line of products.
Ken Donnell - Owner and developer of the MinFlex 2Mic.
The MiniFlex Mic History
1986 - The first prototype guitar microphone is built using a Countryman lavalier mic.
1987 - Continued experimentation with mounting mics inside guitars, and began working with Audio Technica.
1988 - A workable gooseneck is perfected, a design that could be mounted directly to an endpin, output jack.
1988 - August - MiniFlex Microphones was started in Grass Valley, CA. and the first MiniFlex mic model was released November - First patent filed for the MiniFlex in the U.S.A.
1989 - January - first NAMM show for the MiniFlex, the model 121 for acoustic guitar was released. Also released were models for banjo, mandolin, upright bass, and Dobro guitar. June - Martin Guitars becomes the first MiniFlex Distributor.
1990 - Offices and factory moved to Yuba City CA.
1991 - New models were released using an internal power supply and battery mounted directly to the microphone with a special co-axial cable for the gooseneck.
1992 - Offices and factory moved to Chico CA. Harris-Teller added as a distributor. Foreign distributors added for Japan, Germany, England, and Italy.
1993 - Model 145 for guitar added as a high end product.
1996 - First models of quick mount mics for classical guitar released under the trade name "Mini-Clip microphones" - Ken receives second patent.
1997 - Mini-Clip design modified to become the Sound Hole Mic for acoustic and classical guitars.
1998 - Patent application filed for Sound Hole Mic and other multiple gooseneck microphones.
1999 - Licensing and distribution agreement for MiniFlex and Sound Hole Mics signed with GHS Strings Inc.
2000 - MiniFlex factory & offices closed to Chico, CA. Production for MiniFlex and Sound Hole Mics is moved to GHS factory. Ken Donnell continues as design and product development consultant.
2001 - GHS chooses to continue marketing mics for acoustic guitars and classical guitars. GHS also chooses to only use the Sound Hole Mic trade name for all of the mics.
2004 - GHS and Ken redesign the Sound Hole Mic and move production to China.
2006 - Ken resumes experimental work with guitar-mounted mics using multiple mics and goosenecks.
2007 - Ken develops new twin gooseneck mic models that both improve tone and reduce feedback versus older MiniFlex and Sound Hole Mic models. Ken reclaims the MiniFlexMic trade name and markets these new mic models independently. Provisional application is filed for the new 2Mic MiniFlex designs in November 2007.
2008 - August - First shipment of new MiniFlex Model 1 mics arrives from China using two goosenecks mounted directly to the endpin output jack. A regular patent application is filed in October 2008.
2009 - MiniFlex officially re-started and introduced at the Healdsburg Guitar show.
2010 - Development work begins on the Models 3 and 4. DuoMic created as a private label brand for the HapiDrum Company.
2011 - Three new staff members added to MiniFlexMic as sales continue to grow and the MiniFlex product line expands.
2012 - Development of new prototypes continues, the Studio Series Model 7 with phantom power goes on sale. Redesign of the Model 3 and the Model 5 are completed and introduced in June. The new web page is launched.
2013 - "And Beyond" - Continuing market research, product development, and increased worldwide sales make MiniFlexMic a leader in acoustic guitar amplification. The Model 12 and Model 12a for ukulele are completed and on sale at our website.
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