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U87 repair Ireland/UK? Condenser Microphones
Old 9th July 2007
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U87 repair Ireland/UK?

Where's good?
Mic is working, but doesn't sound as good as I'd expect it to.
Old 9th July 2007
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Send it to Dave at Funky Junk - he's outstanding. thumbsup
Old 9th July 2007
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Try to compare it with another 87. Then, if it is really duff (and it is not just the result of a poor pre-amp or something similar) then send it to Sennheiser-Neumann in London.

If it is underguarantee, sending it to Funk Junk, or any other repair opperation, would negate the guarantee.
Old 9th July 2007
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It's a long way out of guarantee.
Good call on comparing it with another 87 though, cheers.
Old 9th July 2007
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Where's good?
Mic is working, but doesn't sound as good as I'd expect it to.
Condensor mics need servicing every few years.
Probably the capsule needs a clean??
I would take it to Martin at Neumann for a service.
They're in High Wycombe in Bucks. Just off the M40.


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Old 9th July 2007
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send it to Andreas Grosser in Berlin!
there no better option for German mics in Europe (the world?).
if you send to funky junk, neumann or other itwill probably end in his hands anyway...
and while he does the repair tell him to do his "andreas grosser mod" and you'll get a much better mic.
Old 9th July 2007
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Martin Schneider from Neumann/Sennheisser did a great job servicing my U67.
And it was ready in under a week. heh
Old 9th July 2007
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Originally Posted by lowswing View Post
send it to Andreas Grosser in Berlin!
there no better option for German mics in Europe (the world?).
if you send to funky junk, neumann or other itwill probably end in his hands anyway...
and while he does the repair tell him to do his "andreas grosser mod" and you'll get a much better mic.
Could you explain the "Mod"?

And why is it "better"??

Many thanks

Nick
Old 9th July 2007
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Could you explain the "Mod"?

And why is it "better"??

Many thanks

Nick
yes i can explain the mod:
first the problem in my u87 was that it had very small head room (very often the case even in brand new u87's) and distorted way too easily the other problem that it sounded bit filtered on the top and didn't have clear highs.
Andreas was changing the FET element to a hand selected one (he claims only 2-3 FETs he checked are good for u87 out of 100), he balanced the mic dc offset and removed the built in (problematic) Neumann filters.
the result was more 15(!!!)dbs of headroom and the top end was tuned to my taste (it can be controlled anywhere between the factory set-up to very open almost as a sony c800G).
the way andreas handle mics is really an art and to see him at work is fascinating, when you give mic to him you know it will be taken care as if it is his baby...
Old 27th April 2017
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Very ole thread but I have a similar question 10 years later. An M149 that needs a service in Ireland. The biggest conondrum is how to get it to the Uk insured for like €4000 as most couriers don't run that high for insurance that I've checked. Any ideas there and also currently best place to send it? Still Neumann sennheiser or funky junk?
Old 30th April 2017
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Send it to Dave at Funky Junk - he's outstanding. thumbsup
I was going to suggest Funky Junky in Horsey but you beat me to it

020 7281 4478
Old 2nd May 2017
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Originally Posted by lowswing View Post
send it to Andreas Grosser in Berlin!
there no better option for German mics in Europe (the world?).
if you send to funky junk, neumann or other itwill probably end in his hands anyway...
and while he does the repair tell him to do his "andreas grosser mod" and you'll get a much better mic.
Totally.
Old 10th May 2017
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Thanks guys

.. and about the courier of expensive Mics ... any recommendations of economical options that are insured?
Old 10th May 2017
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Take it yourself!

Sent a Canon Wide angle lense by courier once. It never got to it destination.

Courier call centre operator: "So how much were the contents worth?"
Me: "about eighteen grand?"
Ccco: "oh... ****! ... erm... I'll get my manager..."

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