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  1. 1/4 Track Playback Head On A Nagra IV-S

    Its a new-old-stock Ampex head, fitted into a pilot headshell. -Pete Verrando
  2. T power to 48v

    I just stumbled upon this thread! It is extraordinarily rewarding to seeing these positive comments, thank you very much.
  3. 1/4 Track Playback Head On A Nagra IV-S ?

    I was doing a quarter track head conversion using the pilot head position on stereo nagras about 3-5 years ago. I did 3 of them, and sold them all to Asian audiophiles. I used NOS Ampex quarter-track heads, doing some light "machining" so they would fit snugly into the pilot tone head shell. I used the NRS switch on the front panel to allow switching between the quarter-track and half-track playback head. I've had a few requests to make more, but its a lot of work hours. I have photos, but have to find them. Here is a video demo of one of them on youtube:
  4. Nagra cables....

    as found on ebay
  5. I listened to one of these, and found it had a very high noise floor, I thought there was something wrong with it. I contacted the company, and sent them sample audio files. They acknowledged the noise, and sent me another mic. . It was just as noisy as the first. It's an electret condenser design, using a cardioid FET electret microphone element, and a preamplifier . Of course, I took it apart. While a simple Class A, Schoeps-type amplifier design would have been easy to implement (and much quieter), the Diety's amplifier circuit is a multi-stage affair that uses an unidentified op-amp and several transistors with rows and rows of surface mount passive components. The sales material suggests the mic is "waterproof." Several youtube video reviews show users subjecting the mic to water. I don't understand this, and not only as a matter of principle. The interior of the mic uses a fibrous filter "paper" wrapped around the mic's interior tube, and secured with clear tape. These parts don't look like they would survive water exposure. The mic is an enigma to me. The included case is a pelican type would survive a nuclear blast, and is overkill. I'd rather they put the money into a better mic capsule and amplifier.
  6. Renting out vintage recorder for shoot

    Don't do it. Do Not Do It. Regardless of intentions, prop and art departments treat most items carelessly. They are working too fast with too many items to do otherwise. Assume it will not come back in the condition you sent it. Do not rent anything to a production that you can't afford to lose.
  7. http://www.txsound.com/blog/repairing-a-broken-lectrosonics-sma-elbow-antenna/
  8. Microframe Time Code Sync Master/Mini

    I have the smaller one, and it's very handy. I presume the accuracy is acceptable, the specs indicate it is, but I haven't done a long term test. The display brightness is adjustable, and bright enough for adequate outdoor exposure. The smaller unit lacks the first digit of the hours column, which is represented by a single LED. I don't understand why they did this, as an LED "1" would have been just as easy. (see the photo in the OP link) There is no power switch. The unit is powered off by inverting the 9V battery. I like the pocket size, yet large enough display to be an usable TC slate. Obviously designed by people not intimately familiar with the sound/camera department. A pocket-able generator/slate for an extra camera, DSLR, extra TC generator, or display unit for the script supervisor.
  9. Anyone had this happen?

    I find reality jobs (at least the jobs I accept) to pay as well, or better, than many commercial calls. Reality is now so heavily scripted, that the days are similar to lightweight sitcom/drama work, except with lots of wireless. Days rarely reach 10 hours, and I happily wear a walkie, as it makes the work more entertaining to me (personally) and I know exactly what's going on (especially lunch break), as that info is never announced aloud by an AD, like it is on a traditional set. Nor do I have to get info second-hand from a boom op, or overheard from various grown-up confabs. Cast are typically much friendlier than tight-assed actors trying to "hone their craft" with mumble-tracks.
  10. Chrismedr, import taxes are waived, as the shipment can be classified as a repair, to be returned after the service. On the customs form, specifiy "return for repair", and I specify "return from repair" when shipping back to you. The cost of shipping has been roughly US$25 worldwide using your country's postal service, YMMV. Those who have chosen to insure shipments, do so for roughly US$600 (enough to make the postal service pay attention and automatically requiring a signature upon delivery). Save shipping weight as much as practical by not including heavy mic enclosures in the package. Thanks for asking. Pete Verrando www.416Tupgrade.com
  11. After a successful year of upgrading Schoeps CMC4 microphones to 48V phantom, I'd like make the JWsound community aware of the www.416Tupgrade.com service, for conversion of T-powered MKH Sennheiser series microphones to 48V phantom power. The upgrade is available for 416, 415, 816, 815, 415 and 406 microphones. http://www.416Tupgrade.com Thank you Pete Verrando
  12. Plug for Pete Verrando

    Thank you for the kind words, Philip and John. Yes, I can modify an 815T for 48V. I have done a few Sennheisers unofficially , but am working on the website (416Tupgrade.com) and looking to launch the service at the end of August. -Pete Verrando
  13. Field recordist t-shirts

    Wait! No skull and crossbones? The kids like skulls and crossbones. Something about wanting to be dangerous.
  14. 11 Facts about Waffle House

  15. Schoeps CMC4 to 48 volt phantom upgrade service

    Here is a note I've been meaning to address regarding the upgrade, and will be adding to the website. Some Schoeps CMC4, CMC5, and early CMC6 amplifiers are known for RF "noise-up" issues from plug-on transmitters, remote focus transmitters, etc. The CMC4 upgrade, while adding ferrite beads to transistors T2 and T3 where they are found missing, does not specifically resolve all existing RF issues. I have successfully resolved plug-on RF issues on a custom basis. ( lead-in ferrite beads, increased internal shield coverage, filter capacitors). I have not, however, established a "solve-all" process for RF immunity as part of the CMC4 upgrade. If you plan to use a CMC4 upgrade with a Lectro or Zaxcom plug-on transmitter, let's talk about it first! Thanks for the generous endorsements! Pete Verrando http://www.cmc4upgrade.com