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 on: June 13, 2019, 11:32:59 pm 
Started by Nob Turner - Last post by klaus
They made a mistake. Goods and services shipped to an address in the U.S. are exempt from German value added tax.

VAT is "sales tax" charged in Europe for goods that stay in Europe. If you go in person and bring the goods back with you to the U.S., you usually pay the VAT up front, then show an exemption form at the German customs office at the airport, where you will get an official stamp, then re-submit the form to the vendor, who will refund the VAT to you on your credit card. If you ordered goods to be shipped to the USA by mail - you should NOT be charged VAT by the vendor.

This is not to be confused with import duty, but that's normally not an issue when shipping with USPS. However, Fed Ex, DHL and UPS will often act as customs broker and will add the import duty. Definitions and duty rates can be found here: http://www.usitc.gov/tata/hts/bychapter/index.htm

 on: June 13, 2019, 10:53:29 pm 
Started by Nob Turner - Last post by Nob Turner
I'm trying to get Microtech Gefell to repair a mic that needs service. They have the mic, and have sent me the price for repair, but they want to add a 19% German VAT to the cost, though I am in the US. My understanding is that VAT is applicable only within the EU. Does anyone here know what the regulations are in this regard?


Gary Mankin

 on: June 12, 2019, 04:18:49 pm 
Started by Mishro - Last post by klaus
The reason why so far there have not been any responses to your question: it's not easy to use language to describe sensory perceptions, including aural perceptions of microphone capsules.

The first hurdle: unless you install a CK12- type capsule in a genuine AKG mic that was originally designed for the CK12, the variables presented by the processor's response are insurmountable: you cannot get to a base line.

But even if you installed a CK12 copy in an AKG mic originally designed for it: I may be in the minority, but I have not yet found any aftermarket CK12 copies that satisfy me. The capsule is extremely complicated to make, or copy precisely, more so than any other LD capsule I know. So chances are high that not all parameters that contributed to the sound of this capsule can be copied 100%.

Then there is the issue that some manufacturers, like Herbert Haun, were using the original AKG CK12 just as a starting template, to interpret the individual sound they wanted to achieve from there.

But there is no question that an attempt trying to truly "clone" a CK12, i.e. copy precisely,  is very hard to execute, if not entirely elusive.

 I should look again into Tim Campbell's efforts, to see whether I may need to change my opinion.

 on: June 11, 2019, 12:03:26 pm 
Started by Mishro - Last post by Mishro
Can anyone characterize the sound of various CK12 style capsule in relation to each other?

More specifically, Haun, Beesneez, Tim Campbell?


 on: June 09, 2019, 04:49:20 am 
Started by Tim Campbell - Last post by Tim Campbell
Thanks Klaus.

 on: June 08, 2019, 09:59:21 pm 
Started by Tim Campbell - Last post by klaus
Finding an ELA M950 these days is rare. That's all the hope I can give you.

As you may know already, the N12/ELA M950 supplies are technically very good, and therefore I would just use the N12 over the U.S.-made copy supply you mentioned until an original M950 can be found.

 on: June 08, 2019, 08:58:44 pm 
Started by Tim Campbell - Last post by Tim Campbell
I recently purchased a vintage Telefunken Ela M 251E # 272. It came with a vintage AKG N12 power supply and a new Telefunken USA M950E power supply. I have tried unsuccessfully to find an original Telefunken M950E power supply. Do you think it may be still possible in this day and age to find one? The N12 it came with is in excellent condition and internally is identical to the M950E only differing externally by color, the badges and connectors which I have pigtails for.

 on: June 03, 2019, 12:05:38 pm 
Started by duskb - Last post by klaus
Thank you, Uwe. It may be worth mentioning that a 5mm length will recess the screws quite a bit into the barrel. I'd rather look for a 6mm length or longer and trim it down to size, so that the recess of the screw once installed is minimal.

 on: June 02, 2019, 10:49:48 pm 
Started by duskb - Last post by uwe ret
You should be able to find metric hardware (M3 X.5 X 5) in most well stocked hardware stores or Hobby Shops.

 on: June 02, 2019, 05:11:41 pm 
Started by duskb - Last post by duskb
That's funny you caught that. I fixed it. This is what I get for trying to post from my cell phone. It ALWAYS thinks it knows how to spell correct better than I do...

Thanks. I'm gonna find someone to fabricate these for me.

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