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 81 
 on: June 20, 2019, 09:34:02 pm 
Started by Nob Turner - Last post by Nob Turner
Streamworkz in Brooklyn.

I can send you the "proof" of the VAT law that Gefell sent to me - it's in German, so of course it was not helpful to me, but you could probably make sense of it.

 82 
 on: June 20, 2019, 09:22:04 pm 
Started by Nob Turner - Last post by klaus
Never heard of this before, and it makes no sense to me: any recipient of goods or services, corporate or individual, that resides outside the EU should be exempt from VAT.
I'd love for MG to cite the section of the German VAT law that supports this. (Or: could it be that they just want to throw some business to their U.S. distributor?)

And speaking of MG distributors: never knew they had any in the US, since they came up with a scheme of rather high order minimums, which scared off interested parties. What company got the bid?

 83 
 on: June 20, 2019, 02:10:49 pm 
Started by Nob Turner - Last post by Nob Turner
According to Gefell, VAT is due if the mic is sent directly back to me. If it comes through their US distributor, it isn't.

Gefell has a new US distributor, who seems very pleasant and responsive. (They seem to go through distributors frequently, and the old ones I've dealth with have developed a bad attitude towards them. I can sort of understand that.) They have given me an estimate, but don't have the parts built to do the repair at the moment, so we'll see how it plays out. It's already been over 6 months...

 84 
 on: June 18, 2019, 11:28:11 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by klaus
I periodically update the list when I receive a new report of several stolen high-end mics, as I did today.

Please read and stay alert!
https://repforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php/topic,1153.0.html

Thanks,
KH

 85 
 on: June 18, 2019, 11:25:38 pm 
Started by klaus - Last post by klaus
New stolen mics reported today:


1.   2- Sony C48ís,  Serial # 5082 and 5084

2.   Sony 535, Serial # 2140

3.   Sennheiser MD441, Serial# 82851

4.   Neumann U87, Serial# 58429

5.   Neumann M149, Serial# 1731

6.   AKG C12VR, Serial# 709

7.   Royer 121, Serial# 2148


 86 
 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

 87 
 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?

Thanks.

Gary Mankin

 88 
 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.

 89 
 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?

Thanks.
Mishro

 90 
 on: June 09, 2019, 04:49:20 am 
Started by Tim Campbell - Last post by Tim Campbell
Thanks Klaus.

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