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Vintage Turner 510 Microphone Help Needed
Old 22nd December 2010
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Question Vintage Turner 510 Microphone Help Needed

Hello all,

I've been sitting on this mic for months and just decided to test it out. The recording sounds very low like an unpowered condensor mic. Being a dynamic mic, I knew this wasn't right and disassembled the mic. It has a transformer inside and an on-off switch.

The transformer has 5 leads with "C45" over "030" printed on it (if that means anything). The switch has 3 posts with 2 wires connected and the other post looks like there was a wire attached but there are no stray wires.

The little I did hear sounded pretty good despite the low-level. I'm assuming I can get it working if I can find a replacement transformer. This is fairly new to me but I'll accept whatever help is offered!

(I've scoured the internet for Turner mic info but all I get are catalogs, pictures and CB radio info. I would have posted pictures but can't find my camera's cable!)

Old 24th December 2010
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audioboffin's Avatar

Are you certain the transformer is faulty and not the switch for example?
Old 3rd January 2011
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No, I'm not sure. I've completely removed the innards and it looks like it could be the switch.

I managed to take some low-res pics of the transformer and switch, too.

the switch

the transformer

I'm going to Radio Shack to see about replacing the switch and try it again.

And thanks for your reply.
Old 3rd January 2011
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MicDaddy's Avatar

Easier test, omit the switch, wire up the element to trafo to xlr and pass audio if it's still low my guess is the element needs cleaning or is shot.

If the transformer is passing audio I very highly doubt that it has a problem though not 100%
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