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shadebug 3rd August 2020 01:10 AM

Taking apart an AKG D310

Hey, first time posting so let me know if I'm in the wrong place but I recently bought a D310 off reverb. It was the kind of old that soil fell out of the mesh when you tapped the grill so I took the head apart and brushed or washed anything that seemed brushable or washable, left it for a couple of days to dry and put it back together. Gave it a try and it was sounding alright so I was happy.

Earlier today I plugged it into a fethead phantom and nothing came through. Tried on a condenser and another dynamic and they were working fine so I worried that maybe this was the sort of old that meant the phantom power fried it somehow. I tried opening it up again and found that the white wire was completely loose. I don't know if I did something to knock it loose or if it just happened to be brushing the contact when I tried the first time but it definitely isn't connected now.

The question
All I can see on this that can be unscrewed is the head and one screw above the XLR connector but when I take that out the XLR connector doesn't want to move anywhere. Do I just need to give it a hard knock in one direction or the other or is there something else I need to be doing?

I realise this is something ludicrously simple so thank you if you've read this far.

shadebug 3rd August 2020 04:30 PM

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In an attempt to provide useful information, have some photos.

One is of the side of the microphone where you can see the one screw.

One is of the XLR connector where you can see the XLR connector.

The other is down the barrel with the head and capsule off where you can see the other side of the XLR connector, that being the side I would like to apply solder to.

Dr. Jule 3rd August 2020 08:11 PM

Should be coming off, just push it out with a pencil or something.

shadebug 20th September 2020 02:38 PM

Just realised I forgot to update this after fixing it.

So I looked around guides for other microphones and discovered that the connector pulls out, not in (this doesn't seem sensible being that you've got soldered wires attached to a capsule that can't go in the same direction but let's not mind that).

The trick is to unscrew the connector, plug in an XLR cable and then unplug that XLR cable and the connector should come with it. I found it took a couple of goes and trying to tug at an angle helps.

The other thing that caused me trouble was at the capsule end. There's a tight rubber ring which is holding the wires close to the capsule. It feels like it's built in but it isn't. You can just roll that up or down and it'll slip off, leaving the wires free to be worked with.