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Oktava MK Series Condenser Microphones
Old 15th August 2007
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Oktava MK Series

I need some clarification on the Oktava MK series.

I own an Oktava MK-012-01, and I would like to know where it falls in the MK series, from a desireability standpoint. From what I know, this is the series:

There are other variations where the writing appears to be in Russian (mine is in english).

Are there others? What do these all mean? I know that some were made in China. Help?
Old 15th August 2007
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Old 15th August 2007
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MC or MK can be either Russian or Chinese. I forget the site, but you can do a search on fake Oktava and there's a site which has pictures of the Russina and Chinese versions.

Or you can contact Michael Joly or go to his site OktavaMod.
Old 16th August 2007
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Well,the ones I have are MC 012-01. I bought them in,... 98 or 99 (I think). This was, I believe, before the chinese knock offs. So the MC doesnt always mean chinese. I also remember reading that the chinese ones dont come with the pad.
Old 16th August 2007
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As a dealer, I'm 99% certain the "01" means it's a single mic with a single cardioid capsule is all (posting from home so can't 100% check at the moment). Yes they can be MC or MK and still be Russian made, but it appears all of the Guitar Center sold Chinese counterfeit mics were "MC" as well.

Some more info here: Oktava: Attention - fakes!

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