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mu90r

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U47 Original or functional?
« on: October 21, 2017, 05:30:20 am »

A simple question.
How do you think your U47 best preserves its value?

1-Keeping original all its parts
2-Recover its full functionality with what it entails (capsule change, reskin, replacement capacitors(if required) ....)

I look forward to your reasoning.

I have other microphones and I can live without a functional U47 :-)
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Kai

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Re: U47 Original or functional?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2017, 09:24:04 am »

If you need a working U47 and a part really can't be restored or replaced by a historical correct one, replace it by a contemporary, but keep the original - if possible inside the mic so it cannot be lost.
Very often the original part can stay in place disconnected, as new ones are much smaller.
Never reskin - it does not make sense, as a contemporary capsule from Neumann sounds better. Carefully store the original so it cannot be lost, maybe later someone finds a way to restore it, at least it's there to enhance the value of the mic for a collector.
When soldering near the capsule put a protective cap made of paper over it to prevent drops of hot solder residue to hit it.
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