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babooino 18th January 2013 10:43 PM

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!! boing

Before:

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...a/PICT4809.jpg
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...a/PICT4805.jpg
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...a/PICT4790.jpg
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...a/PICT4803.jpg

After:

http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...a/PICT4841.jpg
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...a/PICT4844.jpg
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...5b5742cd9b.jpg
http://i426.photobucket.com/albums/p...5fff594033.jpg

Ward Pike 18th January 2013 11:25 PM

THAT'S JUST BEYOND IMPRESSIVE!! Congrats to you on your "new" microphone!

JonMiller 18th January 2013 11:42 PM

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

kafka 18th January 2013 11:56 PM

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Originally Posted by JonMiller (Post 8650089)
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.

Ryan Gregory 19th January 2013 01:00 AM

Beautiful!

babooino 19th January 2013 04:53 AM

man does this thing sound good?? mezed

hasbeen 19th January 2013 04:59 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by babooino (Post 8650963)
man does this thing sound good?? mezed

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.

SHIRK 19th January 2013 05:00 AM

That's one helluva restoration job. Beautiful!!!

Congrats.

Drumsound 19th January 2013 06:26 AM

Beautiful

gear is cool 19th January 2013 07:00 AM

sweet!!!

congrats!!!!!!!!!

:amaze:

Eric East 19th January 2013 07:02 AM

Beautiful work

Sent from my SGH-T769

5down1up 19th January 2013 08:51 AM

just wow ! kfhkh

Rolf Ebitsch 19th January 2013 02:29 PM

incredible kfhkh
....... cooge

R.

AlexK 19th January 2013 02:41 PM

Wow, looks like it came out of studio fire or something! What the hell happened to it? Looks like a really great job kfhkh

Plush 19th January 2013 03:17 PM

LUV it! Please enjoy your new mic. Fantastic! Tell us about the sound.

babooino 19th January 2013 04:02 PM

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..

hasbeen 19th January 2013 04:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by babooino (Post 8651959)
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.

babooino 19th January 2013 09:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hasbeen (Post 8652007)
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!!!kfhkh
It is a bit noisy, but not too much and still usable.

Baz 19th January 2013 09:07 PM

Wow. Fantastic work

hasbeen 19th January 2013 09:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by babooino (Post 8652759)
yes, it has a "M" stamped. We didn't tought it was going to work, but Robert tested it and fortunately it was!!!kfhkh
It is a bit noisy, but not too much and still usable.

Excellent! Those tubes are so hard to find these days.

babooino 19th January 2013 11:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hasbeen (Post 8652802)
Excellent! Those tubes are so hard to find these days.

yes they are! and damn expensive!
guess i was lucky

lemonsquash 21st January 2013 09:51 AM

congratulations!

andrew montreal 21st January 2013 11:33 PM

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.

Showcase 21st January 2013 11:46 PM

Looks awesome, hope you'll have alot of fun with it.

stoplaughing 22nd January 2013 12:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by JonMiller (Post 8650089)
The before photos look like it was at the bottom of the ocean.

lol

pongmaster 22nd January 2013 02:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by babooino (Post 8652759)
yes, it has a "M" stamped. We didn't tought it was going to work, but Robert tested it and fortunately it was!!!kfhkh
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.

Joao B. 22nd January 2013 03:17 AM

Excelente :)

hasbeen 22nd January 2013 03:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pongmaster (Post 8660378)
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?

geareyes 22nd January 2013 06:19 AM

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.

MadGuitrst 22nd January 2013 08:41 AM

Can't you just burn it in for a week or so?