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Old December 3rd, 2009, 07:48 AM   #31
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"I find it astonishing that a 10 year old MKH-416 like Ty Ford's older model still sounds like new. A testament to a well designed, high quality, battle tested microphone. "

Guy,

You're showing your video bias. :) Good microphones last a LOT longer than cameras if they are reasonably well taken care of. 20 years is not long in mic years, whereas 2 years can be too long for some cameras.

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I totally agree - I have lots of mics all over 20 years old and still as perfect as the day they were bought.

And most of them are still in current production.
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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:27 PM   #32
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No secret that you guys are looking after them.

There's a huge difference between mics used by their owners and those used by non owners from mic lockers in TV stations, newsrooms and similar places.

Having said that, the mic room at Abbey Road has mics available for their regular studio use, from the 1930s.

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Old December 3rd, 2009, 02:38 PM   #33
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Alan,

You speak the truth. I get gigs from Maryland Public TV and generally find their audio gear pretty beat up. Of course I'm not sure how old it really is. I think they still believe a C battery is used to power the grid on vacuum tubes. :)

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Old December 4th, 2009, 03:41 PM   #34
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I got my $1 (Australian) Rode blimp yesterday. Thanks Guy! Great deal and great service. Unlike every other manufacturer's rebate deal I've ever experienced, Rode shipped the blimp right away from a web form; no waiting, no mail-in forms involved.

I love that the blimp comes with it's own dead wombat brush - check both ends of the box for bits packed in the styrofoam.

My first impression is that the blimp is the size of the Hindenberg and that at the end of the 10' Ktek boom it weighs as much as a freight train. I'll have to hire a weight lifter as a sound guy... I haven't used the blimp yet but the quality is fine.

Oh, the mic - just playing with it so far but it sounds way different than the ME66 I've been using. It feels like a quality piece of equipment and the heavy-duty aluminum case that comes with it can be used to beat back one of those Transformers robots if they ever attack you. The NTG3 is the opposite of the ME66 - warm and timbre-ful instead of bright and brittle. I like it.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 09:08 AM   #35
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I haven't received mine yet, but I'm personally looking forward to adding a couple of eyes and a tongue to the front end of my "dead wombat". Anyone I interview is bound to either be put at ease, or crack up laughing at this thing on the end of a stick, or think I'm an idiot.

That's the funny kinda guy I am. :-)

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Old December 5th, 2009, 03:08 PM   #36
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Does anyone have a mic stand solution for the blimp?

I need something that can screw onto a mic stand (as a typical mic holder does) that has a screw that fits the handle on the blimp. This would allow me to do a one-man-band style shoot of talent talking outside, avoiding sennheiser wireless, and leaving my hands free to run the camera.

I got the mic and love it! I am suprised how well it does indoors. I mounted it on my EX1 for Thanks Giving home movies, and the sound had little coloration from reflections. Quite directional, as you could hardly hear my smart assed comments as I wandered around. I have not done a side by side, but I think it may even do better indoors than my NT3 hyper.

I have not used the blimp yet, and the boom pole is due on monday. I feel great about this purchase as I got 525.00 worth of stuff for free for buying the NTG-3.
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Old December 5th, 2009, 04:18 PM   #37
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Chad, the RODE Blimp pistol grip handle has a 3/8" screw hole in the bottom so you can mount it on a standard stage mic stand.

Ideal for solo op work, add weights at the base of the stand to keep it stable.

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Old December 5th, 2009, 05:28 PM   #38
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Hey Allan. I am a professional musician, with many mic stands, and they are all 1/2". My boom pole has a 3/8" screw you can use while booming, but no stock mic stand has this little screw that I know of. Even the mic clip that came with the NTG-3 has a 1/2" threaded female to take a standard mic stand.

So I'm looking for a 1/2" female to a 3/8" male I guess. Alan do you have a link to a mic stand with 3/8" male on the end?
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Old December 5th, 2009, 05:50 PM   #39
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Old December 5th, 2009, 07:08 PM   #40
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Thanks Alan. I actually just got back from a local music store. They didn't have one, but they ordered one for me. And I picked up a tenor Ukulele too! I have to be careful going into music stores....
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Old December 6th, 2009, 04:51 AM   #41
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Hey Allan. I am a professional musician, with many mic stands, and they are all 1/2". My boom pole has a 3/8" screw you can use while booming, but no stock mic stand has this little screw that I know of. Even the mic clip that came with the NTG-3 has a 1/2" threaded female to take a standard mic stand.

So I'm looking for a 1/2" female to a 3/8" male I guess. Alan do you have a link to a mic stand with 3/8" male on the end?

1/2" threads are very rare and were mostly used by Neumann.

The are also used on large stands (EG: K&M) where long heavy booms are mounted.

The standard for mic threads is 3/8" Whitworth thread (except in the USA where they use a 5/8" thread with fine threads).
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Old December 6th, 2009, 06:04 AM   #42
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Hey Allan. I am a professional musician, with many mic stands, and they are all 1/2". My boom pole has a 3/8" screw you can use while booming, but no stock mic stand has this little screw that I know of. Even the mic clip that came with the NTG-3 has a 1/2" threaded female to take a standard mic stand.

So I'm looking for a 1/2" female to a 3/8" male I guess. Alan do you have a link to a mic stand with 3/8" male on the end?
Chad,

3/8", really? Not 5/8"?

Which ones?

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Old December 6th, 2009, 02:09 PM   #43
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Actually Ty I think it's 5/8 for the mic stand, and 3/8 for the boom screw. Right?


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Old December 6th, 2009, 07:43 PM   #44
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Chad, as mentioned I don't think your mic stands are 1/2" .. if you bought them locally they're 5/8" The Blimp handle is 3/8" so you need this little jigger.

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Old December 6th, 2009, 08:59 PM   #45
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Thanks Alan. That looks like the ticket.
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