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Old May 8th, 2005, 12:57 PM   #16
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Thanks, Jerry. Looks like a good bet! B&H has it for $280, including an Azden mic holder and a short XLR cable that I can shorten further and convert over as suggested above. I'll be without the LCD screen when I've got the 897 mounted, but I think I can live with that.

I'm trailering an Aliner to Alaska this summer, and I think the 897 will come in handy. (Wonder if I'll have a problem with all the buzzing mosquitos?)

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Old May 10th, 2005, 09:06 AM   #17
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Not a lot to add, just a confirmation that this is a great mic. I haven't had a lot of chance to experiment with it, but so far I've used it in a restaurant kitchen and a quiet office. The restaurant stuff came out *usable* (better than expected) and the office stuff is amazing. Extremely clean sound.

The size is the other WOW factor. I have some run and gun type interviews coming up and being camera mountable (without entering the shot) is a great benefit for me.
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Old May 10th, 2005, 10:54 AM   #18
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Russ,
You don't need to be without the LCD viewfinder.
Just find a little offset bracket from somewhere and it'll put the mic over to the right just enough to clear the screen.
I found one that came with an LCD 7" monitor, but you're sure to be able to find something with a bit of ingenuity...
This is it with a cheaper AT mic: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...ketforFX1E.jpg

and this is the AT897: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v1...teboxonFX1.jpg

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Old May 10th, 2005, 01:24 PM   #19
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Thanks, all! Ordered the 897 this afternoon.

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