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Old May 4th, 2012, 05:20 AM   #1
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Replacement wind socks for Sony lav mics

Can't believe that I lost all three of them on the very day that I finally needed to use the first. And I was being careful to keep track of 'em.

Any tips on what the others here do for replacements (without paying the dreaded Sony tax)?

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Old May 4th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #2
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Re: Replacement wind socks for Sony lav mics

Here in the US, we can go to Radio Shack and buy a 4 pack of foam windscreens for US$4. (Catalog #: 33-4006) And there is also WindTech (Olsen Audio) who make a very wide range of replacement windscreen products including 10 different models for lav mics: Olsen Audio Group: WindTech Small Microphone Windscreens

Alas, I didn't see anything like that at Dick Smith, but I am not that familiar with what is available in OZ, perhaps you can find something similar?

And the Rode foam and furry windscreens have a moulded plastic piece which fit their mic perfectly, but is probably too small for any of the Sony models (which you did not identify).
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Old May 4th, 2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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Re: Replacement wind socks for Sony lav mics

I put a dab of rubber cement on the sides of the mic between the windscreen. If I need to take off the windscreen, peel it off slowly.
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Old May 4th, 2012, 10:55 AM   #4
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Re: Replacement wind socks for Sony lav mics

It would be the lav that comes with the Sony wireless mic kits (URZ-P2, UTX-B2).

The closest thing I can get over here is the "Rycote 105501 Lavalier Foam Windscreen 5-Pack (Black)" for $21. The reviews (at a non DVinfo sponsor) indicate that the foam wind socks fit the Sony lav mic.

The $4 5-pack sounds good, but in a strange way I might as well get the local one for now. If I was purchasing any more I would definitely purchase from the USA and get them posted out to me. May even still do that, given that I don't have a huge urgency for this to arrive.

Thanks for supplying the part number. Most helpful.

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Old May 8th, 2012, 09:32 AM   #5
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Re: Replacement wind socks for Sony lav mics

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Can't believe that I lost all three of them on the very day that I finally needed to use the first. And I was being careful to keep track of 'em.

Any tips on what the others here do for replacements (without paying the dreaded Sony tax)?

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Old May 10th, 2012, 08:40 PM   #6
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Re: Replacement wind socks for Sony lav mics

After some time, depending on use and keeping them washed and clean we found the cheaper lav foam windscreens disintegrate and crumble into very tiny bits. I suspect that some could find their way into the mic. I stay with the name brands.

Another thing I did was to buy some black metal lav windscreen covers from BnH after an amateur walked off the set with the lav clipped on his lapel, luckily it was wireless but before we could rescue it, it came unclipped and he stepped on a Sony ECM44BMP lav. Ouch!

Amazingly about a week after I fitted the metal cover, the same thing happened with another clown, the cover got pushed out of shape
but the lav was untouched. I managed to bend the cover roughly back into shape and it still works.

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