Tensimounts came into being at least indirectly
of a man named Billy Mitchell. Billy was an old
performer who retired to Hull Massachusetts and
own club. He was wildly popular and had a huge
packed the place - “Billy Mitchell’s Post Time”
- really nothing more than a big old barn-like
the ocean. I never met Billy. By the time I was at
Time, Billy had died, and the new owners were
trying to find an audience through Rock music. I was
sound with a group that played there, and we had the
time making the music intelligible, let alone making
good.. As long as we kept it really soft, it sounded
but as soon as we turned it up a bit, the sound
It turned out that Billy had built the
possible stage for his club. It was thin, barely
plywood that reverberated wildly with every sound,
was then and there that I realized the importance of
went home and designed the first Tensimount, and
when we went
back, we couldn’t believe the difference. From then
on I Tensimounted every microphone in sight
the early Tensimounts like the ones today?
A - Not at all! The first ones were very
were large, and made out of clear Lucite plastic.
they used colorful hairbands strung with large
were something out of Buck Rogers.
they were completely different?
A - Well, two important features have always been
The microphone has always been held by the mutual
of the elastics. That makes it adaptable to any
shape of mic.
And also, the base tube that permits mounting it in a
clip has always been an important feature.
not simply have the Tensimount screw directly onto
A - One problem with shockmounts has always been -
you get the microphone off of the stand? If the
is screwed directly to the stand, you either have to
the microphone from the shockmount and leave the
the stand where it may be subjected to damage, or
tediously unscrew the mount from the stand. With the
you simply unclip the microphone Tensimount and all.
is particularly convenient when you have several
in Tensimounts. No matter what shape, they will all
the same standard clips, and they are instantly
from stand to stand.
- Who should us Tensimounts?
A - One big totally untapped market is bands. Every
has at least several garage bands, wedding bands,
bands, you name it. Each band might have a dozen or
that should all be shock-mounted. We are offering a
easy, and inexpensive.way to do this. Then there are
markets - general PA microphones in churches, bingo
and supermarkets for example. The point is to
public awareness that every mic should be isolated.
good marketing strategy, but also it’s something I
believe. And of course, Tensimount is the easiest
way to do it.
it's amazing that I survived my childhood."
soon as we turned it up a bit, the sound turned into
point is to develop the public awareness that every