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Old December 9th, 2009, 08:22 AM   #16
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Old December 9th, 2009, 10:10 AM   #17
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I bought one from DVestore for $699 + free k-tek 110cc boompole ($225 or more). If you need a boompole this offer is far better
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Old December 9th, 2009, 07:30 PM   #18
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I've had one for about six months. That little cable-quieter gasket in the back will get lost...wish there was a better solution/design. Also not a fan of the acrobatics of getting the internal cabling outta there when I want to use a stereo mic with its requisite 5-pin XLR. Guy a a pro audio shop sneered when I said I picked one up.

Despite its failings, I've used it at a beach in 25mph winds (I have a hand-held weather gauge with readings for wind speed) and it rendered the wind utterly silent. It's not broken, bent, or failed me other than the weirdnesses mentioned above. The suspension system isn't the most high tech and it can be fallible...but for wind, specifically, I've had great results.
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Old December 9th, 2009, 07:56 PM   #19
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If the "cable-quieter gasket" is what I am thinking of, there is a spare in the bag of extra suspension rings and adapters that come with the blimp.

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Old December 10th, 2009, 05:01 AM   #20
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Guy a a pro audio shop sneered when I said I picked one up.
You mean he sneered at the Rode blimp?

Well, I suppose it's cheaper and less profit for him. But I wouldn't pay double the price just to get a sneer-free life.
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Old December 10th, 2009, 05:04 AM   #21
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On the other hand, my "dead wombat" blimp cover is in danger of being abducted by a friend who thinks it is "so cute" and was thinking of wearing it as a fashion accessory.

Doing video is an interesting business.

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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:22 AM   #22
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You could buy an NTG-2 and pay full street price for the blimp and it would still be less than the NTG-3 alone...
Or better, get the Rycote S-series. The suspension on the Rycote is much better than the Blimp (and patented so it can't be copied).
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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:24 AM   #23
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But I wouldn't pay double the price just to get a sneer-free life.
No, you pay the extra for a technically much superior product.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 01:50 AM   #24
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And the Rycote cover can be used as a handy paint roller if you're in a bit of a pinch and can't make it back to the hardware store. That's gotta be worth a few extra dollars.

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Old December 15th, 2009, 02:53 AM   #25
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No, you pay the extra for a technically much superior product.
Of course you pay more and get better. But for me, the Rode Blimp suffices. It blocks wind, and reduces handling noise. What more do I need?

- If I pay double, do I get double the performance?
- Does it block extra wind that I'm not noticing at the moment? Probably not.
- Is it more robust, will it last longer? Probably does, but then I'm not out shooting for the BBC, this is a hobby, not a commercial operation.
- The blimp is for occasional use for me, it spends a lot of its life lying in a corner and only comes out for special occasions.

I'd love to know specifically what's wrong with the Rode product!

As it stands, I had to choose between affordable wind protection and not buying Christmas presents for the family. Family won, in this case!
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Old December 15th, 2009, 11:17 AM   #26
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The Rode Blimp and Rycote S-series are about the same price - but Rycote's patented "Lyre" suspension is the best there is (which is why I have swapped all my suspensions over to these - these are *all* my suspensions, not just outdoor recording ones, and include studio mounts for all my small and large diapgragm microphones).

So there is no need to pay double.

The Blimp's size means that it is pretty effective at wind attenuation - but I don't like the weight, the suspension or the hairy cover.
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Old December 15th, 2009, 03:17 PM   #27
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Ah, I see. I forgot about the S-series. I'm sure that I read somewhere that the Rode was a bit better in high wind, but you do read a lot of funny things on t'internet. I automatically think of the £400 Rycote systems rather than the S-Series.
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Old December 18th, 2009, 03:39 PM   #28
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Red Dot Design Award

I see that the RØDE Blimp was awarded the Prestigious Red Dot Design Award 2009.
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Old December 19th, 2009, 12:08 AM   #29
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Not quite as prestigious as the Red Dot award, they also received an Australian International Design Award for the blimp as well.

This is not to neglect mentioning their use of "dead wombat" technology, moving beyond industry standard "cat" technology.

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Old December 27th, 2009, 03:16 AM   #30
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Andrew, how long did your blimp take to be delivered?

Just curious. Thanks!
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