U47 before/after
Old 18th January 2013
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U47 before/after

It's been almost 2 years since i got my u47 from an old friend. The mic was in very bad shape but had almost all parts and a working VF14.
Thanks to Robert Sestili from RMS Audioworks, the mic now is alive again!!
He's a hell of a nice guy and did an impressive job.
I got it today and didn't have time to record audio samples yet, but will do it soon and post here.

Thanks Robert!!

Next one on the list: my old RCA44!

Cheers!!

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Old 18th January 2013
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THAT'S JUST BEYOND IMPRESSIVE!! Congrats to you on your "new" microphone!
Old 18th January 2013
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The before photos look like it was at the bottom of the ocean. The after looks brand new.

I'm sure it will sound incredible
Old 18th January 2013
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The before photos look like it was at the bottom of the ocean. The after looks brand new.

I'm sure it will sound incredible
LOL. It definitely looks like old Navy surplus.
Old 19th January 2013
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Beautiful!
Old 19th January 2013
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man does this thing sound good??
Old 19th January 2013
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man does this thing sound good??
Was the VF14 tube that came with it one of the "M" stamped versions? It looked a bit rusty on the exterior, how did it end up sounding as far as self noise?

Beautiful job BTW.
Old 19th January 2013
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That's one helluva restoration job. Beautiful!!!

Congrats.
Old 19th January 2013
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Beautiful
Old 19th January 2013
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sweet!!!

congrats!!!!!!!!!

Old 19th January 2013
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Beautiful work

Sent from my SGH-T769
Old 19th January 2013
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just wow !
Old 19th January 2013
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incredible
.......

R.
Old 19th January 2013
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Wow, looks like it came out of studio fire or something! What the hell happened to it? Looks like a really great job
Old 19th January 2013
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LUV it! Please enjoy your new mic. Fantastic! Tell us about the sound.
Old 19th January 2013
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i've never used an u47 before.
There's really something different about theses things.
I've been ab'ing it with my other mics. Lol..Now i get it...

Audios samples to come..
Old 19th January 2013
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i've never used an u47 before.
There's really something different about theses things.
I've been ab'ing it with my other mics. Lol..Now i get it...

Audios samples to come..
Was the VF14 tube that came with it one of the "M" stamped versions? It looked a bit rusty on the exterior, how did it end up sounding as far as self noise?

Beautiful job BTW.
Old 19th January 2013
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Was the VF14 tube that came with it one of the "M" stamped versions? It looked a bit rusty on the exterior, how did it end up sounding as far as self noise?

Beautiful job BTW.
yes, it has a "M" stamped. We didn't tought it was going to work, but Robert tested it and fortunately it was!!!
It is a bit noisy, but not too much and still usable.
Old 19th January 2013
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Wow. Fantastic work
Old 19th January 2013
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yes, it has a "M" stamped. We didn't tought it was going to work, but Robert tested it and fortunately it was!!!
It is a bit noisy, but not too much and still usable.
Excellent! Those tubes are so hard to find these days.
Old 19th January 2013
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Excellent! Those tubes are so hard to find these days.
yes they are! and damn expensive!
guess i was lucky
Old 21st January 2013
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congratulations!
Old 21st January 2013
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Congratulations, man. Can't wait to hear that one on another of your productions. Believe it or not, at least once a week that other one I had written to you about pops up in my head.
Old 21st January 2013
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Looks awesome, hope you'll have alot of fun with it.
Old 21st January 2013
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The before photos look like it was at the bottom of the ocean.
lol
Old 22nd January 2013
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yes, it has a "M" stamped. We didn't tought it was going to work, but Robert tested it and fortunately it was!!!
It is a bit noisy, but not too much and still usable.
that tube probably needs to be reconditioned, send it (just the tube) to andreas grosser, talk with him first.
Old 22nd January 2013
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Excelente
Old 22nd January 2013
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that tube probably needs to be reconditioned, send it (just the tube) to andreas grosser, talk with him first.
I thought that was a last resort action for a VF14 that is in pretty bad shape. Doesn't the tube risk being destroyed during the process? Anyone have this done before? I would like to hear more about your experience if you have.

Any idea of the cost too?
Old 22nd January 2013
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Yes, in some cases a VF14 can be rejuvenated by refreshing the cathode.By applying a high voltage to either the heater or anode, or the plate of the tube.
Old 22nd January 2013
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Can't you just burn it in for a week or so?
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