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Opinions on capsule condition please
Old 18th December 2010
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Opinions on capsule condition please

hi guys,
I need a little help here being a guitarist I know nuthin bout nuthin.
In your highly esteemed wisdom what's yer thoughts on this capsule.
Does it look original / repaired / good condition etc. ?
and how would you clean the dirt speckles of it ? or just leave it alone.
You could have a bit o' fun guessing what Mic I've got.
many thanks in advance

Old 19th December 2010
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Old 20th December 2010
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What kind of mic is that? I have never seen a capsule quite like that one. How does it sound? Often times a capsule will sound fine even with a bit of dirt on it or even if some of the gold has worn away and its impossible to tell if your capsule is OK just by visual inspection. You can try the "breath test" on it and see if the tiny amount of moisture from your breath will cause the capsule to cut out for a second or two and then come back on. If it does that your capsule may be bad or in need of cleaning. You need to be VERY careful if you decide to clean it yourself. The only liquid you should use is distilled water, but if this is a valuable mic, I would send it to a professional for cleaning because its very easy to damage a capsule in trying to clean it.
Old 20th December 2010
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hi jm,
many thanks for your response, it's a Beyer MC834.
I am awaiting delivery so cant comment on the sound yet, I am informed it is uncolored and accurate, I want to record my instruments as faithfully as possible (within my budget) and thought the Beyer would fit the bill.
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