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 on: May 18, 2020, 11:10:05 am 
Started by Glenn Bucci - Last post by Jim Williams
It is reported to be made from all surface mount components.

 on: May 18, 2020, 08:29:30 am 
Started by Glenn Bucci - Last post by Glenn Bucci
Sweetwater has a video of the mics in X/Y with a classical guitar that provides some insight on how the mic sounds. It seems more neutral than the KM184 with extended low end and a flatter response. Above 10k there is a bump which adds a slight flattering sound. The Rode web site confirmed the higher bump on the mic. I wont bother stating any reviewers opinion since this forum prefers to hear first hand observation. Listening to the video clip, it has a nice top end that is very open and detailed.i don't hear the typical harshness you can hear with many lower to mid priced microphones.

 on: May 17, 2020, 09:41:10 pm 
Started by Glenn Bucci - Last post by klaus
Unlike other mic forums, let's keep the discussion here about a new model limited to objective data, and, more importantly, to personal, first-hand experiences.

 on: May 17, 2020, 02:33:18 pm 
Started by Glenn Bucci - Last post by RuudNL
Maybe the first Rode microphone that sounds good?...

 on: May 17, 2020, 08:56:47 am 
Started by Glenn Bucci - Last post by Glenn Bucci
Tony Faulkner helped design this mic with Rode (hence the TF in the name). He wanted a mic without the squaky sound that many other small pencil mics can have? Has anyone had the opportunity to hear it. I have only heard are some videos of it on line. With its much higher price, it is supposed to compete with Scheps and Neumann mics.

 on: May 15, 2020, 10:57:27 am 
Started by RuudNL - Last post by gtoledo3
If they donít actually advertise a spec, they are free to do whatever they want.

If you go to their site, it is hard to find any language that describes the provenance of the capsules anymore. There is an entire manufacturing section that seems to breeze past it, and it doesnít seem to be part of the individual product pages. I didnít look at each individual one, just a few.

In reading stuff like this, it can help to be careful not to make assumptions, because any bit of language that can allow for some more affordable process, usually does.

For example, take the ďHeisermanĒ capsule in the UT47fet, which winds up not being the US production Heiserman capsule. Or the original Telefunken USA mic that was a rebadged ShuaiYin (http://www.shuaiy.com/).

Where I am going with this; if a capsule is assembled in US or Europe, donít assume that the metalwork hasnít been made in China. If a manufacturer specifies something US or European for one item on a premium tier, and doesnít specifically mention similar for others, the omission may actually point to what is going on with other mics in the same line.

Sidenote - I was recently reminded how Sanken had been a leader in developing titanium capsules that have become popular in some newer mics.

 on: May 15, 2020, 07:24:20 am 
Started by RuudNL - Last post by soapfoot

It seems that (anyway that is what I am told) even the capsules in the current Telefunken microphones have their origin in China.

I reviewed the TF51 for TapeOp

In the process, I spoke with representatives and technical staff at Telefunken USA (nice folks, and forthcoming with information). They confirmed that the capsule in this moderately-priced mic was "an OEM capsule, built to our spec, from a trusted supplier that many other mic manufacturers use." Another person within the company confirmed that this trusted OEM supplier was located in China.

However, they went on to clarify that on their much-more-expensive microphones (like their version of the Ela M 251), the CK12 capsules are made "in our lab in South Windsor, CT." So there is some distinction to be made there

 on: May 15, 2020, 02:15:41 am 
Started by RuudNL - Last post by klaus
Thanks for commiserating about the MK6, and your perspective on Schoeps.

As to Neumann's treasure trove of old parts: I have found that there are a very few things they don't have anymore. What also helps: having made only variations on two types of LD capsules in the last 60 years, and reissuing mics using parts that are interchangeable with those of the originals.

I am gratified about Neumann's corporate pride and sense of history: during my last visit to Berlin, Martin Schneider could still find and hand over officially "obsolete" parts. I cannot say that I ever found Schoeps as approachable in this regard. How much I wanted them to restore several of my 221 capsules (not the metal membrane type), but was rebuffed with the comment: "buy our current product!"

 on: May 15, 2020, 01:34:39 am 
Started by RuudNL - Last post by David Satz
Klaus, a few things if I may. First, Posthorn Recordings is still a Schoeps dealer, but hasn't been Schoeps' U.S. representative for a long time now; Redding Audio took over that role nearly twenty years ago (!). They do perform some minor service there, but most is still done at the factory, by the same people who make new microphones.

Second, the capsule/amplifier threads were changed among the M 221, M 221 A and M 221 B series because of greatly differing polarization voltages. We've talked about this in other threads before. Capsules of the M 221 A type were built for 60-Volt polarization, and it would have been dangerous to let them be used on the original M 221 amplifiers, which provided 120 Volts to the capsule. The slightest air motion would bring the nickel-foil membrane into direct contact with the backplate. Telefunken (Schoeps' main representative at this time) warned in their brochure for the M 221 A that the capsules from older M 221 microphones couldn't be used on the newer amplifiers. But the difference between the threads on the M 221 vs. M 221 A capsules wasn't very obvious--just a slight difference in pitch and diameter, so that when you try to put them together, you can't. 120-Volt polarization was again used in the M 221 B, so different threads were again needed, and that time the difference was made much clearer.

--Regarding the MK 6 (still one of my favorite Schoeps capsules), Schoeps always recommended that three-pattern capsules be sent back to them periodically for service--the only capsule type for which they ever made such a recommendation. For about 25 years, older MK 6 received for service were routinely updated with a newer synthetic gasket material that doesn't dry out with age. My original pair were built in 1972-73 (they're pre-"Colette series") and updated in 2004 by the same person who had originally built them (!). They work fine today, and age alone should no longer affect them--nor my CMTS 501 stereo mike, which had its capsules similarly rebuilt. I'm sorry that it's too late for yours now--as it would be for me, if I should accidentally drop and break any of mine. That makes me reluctant to use them any more. I went through all the KŁbler-Ross stages of anger, bargaining and grief about this.

That said, though, it's not quite true (as I have experienced more than once) that Neumann can still repair all their older microphones; it depends on what you have and what it needs. Certain parts are simply no longer available--and while some could probably be manufactured again now, the expense would be prohibitive for the small number that are required. Thus the problem in essence is the same as with Schoeps, and it's not a situation in which either manufacturer deserves to wear either a pure white or a pure black hat.

--best regards

 on: May 14, 2020, 09:16:42 pm 
Started by RuudNL - Last post by klaus
I was considering to add Schoeps to my statement- their capsules are indeed world-class- but my experience with the company has been soured over the years:

While I think the world of the COLETTE series, in my experience older products like Schoeps' 3-pattern MK6, and its dual-pattern M934 have not held up over time (I have three MK6 and they all suffer from the same unrepairable problem). When any of these and other historic products are defective and need restoration, repair, or parts, Schoeps will not service them. Too old to bother. They also changed capsule threads between female and male on M221, so M934 capsules will only fit the corresponding body thread.

Then you add the hit-and-miss U.S. representation of the company by Posthorn in New York. No service is done in the U.S. (unless that has changed recently).
With other words, in my book, a microphone company and its capsules are only as good as service and replacement availability and support.

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