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Old 21st September 2007
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High End Microphone Storage

Was wondering how some of you high end Guys store your microphones. I've recently got some vintage microphones, and more expensive mics and want to keep them in the best possible working order. In the past what I've done with my mics is place them in large ziplocks tryin to remove as much as air possible, wrap them in bubble wrap and keep them in my safe.
Old 21st September 2007
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if you search Klaus Heyne's posts along the lines of this subject. i think i remember reading that he advised against a ziplock bag but am not 100% on that. i leave mine in a ziplock but i leave the bag unzipped so as not to trap any moisture. i do it mainly to help keep any dust off the capsule, well minimalize it at least.
Old 21st September 2007
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I put them in a pelican case.
Old 21st September 2007
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if you search Klaus Heyne's posts along the lines of this subject. i think i remember reading that he advised against a ziplock bag but am not 100% on that. i leave mine in a ziplock but i leave the bag unzipped so as not to trap any moisture. i do it mainly to help keep any dust off the capsule, well minimalize it at least.
Absolutely, DO NOT zip the bag. This can cause condensation to form on the diaphragm, which is very very bad.
Old 22nd September 2007
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Keep your ribbons upright!!
Old 11th April 2012
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Keep your ribbons upright!!
really? where did you learn this? i've never heard this before... who can verify?

my ribbons may have been suffering from horizontal storage syndrome all these years!! (but i doubt it to be honest...)
Old 11th April 2012
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Keep your ribbons upright!!
This is what I have ALWAYS been told as well


in fact... from the Royer website Royer Labs - Ribbon Basics

"Most ribbon mics require vertical storage to keep the ribbon upright and prevent stretching"
Old 11th April 2012
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I leave them out in the live room with a crown royal bag over their grill...
Old 11th April 2012
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This is what I have ALWAYS been told as well


in fact... from the Royer website Royer Labs - Ribbon Basics

"Most ribbon mics require vertical storage to keep the ribbon upright and prevent stretching"
I wonder if storing a large diaphram condesor vertically has any benifit also?
Old 11th April 2012
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Zip lock baggies with those packs that absorb mostiure changed every six months in Seahorse ( less expensive pelican type) with cut foam.
I got very lucky when a guy had Some extras on craigslist and then found a Local distributer currently have 5 and Im ordering more!
Cables live in a foe ATA !
Old 11th April 2012
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This is what I have ALWAYS been told as well

in fact... from the Royer website Royer Labs - Ribbon Basics

"Most ribbon mics require vertical storage to keep the ribbon upright and prevent stretching"
actually they say: "Most ribbon mics require vertical storage to keep the ribbon upright and prevent stretching. However, our patented corrugation method allows for horizontal storage. You can store a Royer on its side for years and it will be fine."

phew, at least my 121 is ok!

gonna look up manufacturer's recommendations for my other ribbons... thanks for the tip.
Old 11th April 2012
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Hidden gun safe bolted to the ground, each mic in a unzipped ziplock bag in its original case. One 100lb pitbull, one 70lb bull terrier, security cameras, alarm system, and a 357.

I can now sleep at night knowing my mics are safe.

AMERICA!! lol.....
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really? where did you learn this? i've never heard this before... who can verify?

my ribbons may have been suffering from horizontal storage syndrome all these years!! (but i doubt it to be honest...)
Two of my ribbons came in a case that holds them on their sides. These are vintage Coles, they've been stored that way since they were made in the 50s or 60s (serial numbers under 1000). Taking a cue fromt his, I store my RCAs on their sides, too.

In terms of other mics, it is a fairly logical process. They need to breathe to vent off the moisture and heat of use. They need to be protected against dust. A popular method is to top them with a plastic bag but don't zip it, so that they can breathe. I have pretty much always stored mine in padded drawers, often in their original cases, so long as these are not plastic lined with foam. I've had a lot of bad luck with foam. The Beyer and similar foams just disintegrated into a powder, but the Shure foams turned into molasses.
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Hidden gun safe bolted to the ground, each mic in a unzipped ziplock bag in its original case. One 100lb pitbull, one 70lb bull terrier, security cameras, alarm system, and a 357.

I can now sleep at night knowing my mics are safe.

AMERICA!! lol.....
In addition, i also coat mine in a poisen. I only give the antidote to clients AFTER payment clears.

Alternately, keep one of these out in the open to lure unfortunate theives into stealling this instead:
High End Microphone StorageEV RE20 GOLD SPARKLE, CUSTOM, 1 OF A KIND. BEAUTIFUL, MUST SEE. | eBay
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