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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. http://www.txsound.com/blog/repairing-a-broken-lectrosonics-sma-elbow-antenna/
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. Wait! No skull and crossbones? The kids like skulls and crossbones. Something about wanting to be dangerous.
  10. 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
  11. That Coles microphone does a great job in this application. They are still making those mics! The current model is the 4104.
  12. Stacy's from Texas, he knows how to handle a rope.
  13. This is an idea I've been nursing along for the past 2 years, and gradually "rolled out" in January. Since then, I've upgraded about 70 CMC4 amplifiers to 48 volt phantom power, not with an adaptor circuit, but a rebuild of each CMC4 to a schematically correct CMC5 preamplifier. Each is thoroughly tested and adjusted to perform as well, and often better than the original T-power configuration. If you own one or more CMC4's that you'd like to use without the need for an external power supply or barrel adaptor, details of the upgrade are available at http://www.cmc4upgrade.com. Thanks Pete Verrando
  14. You could check for the gasket at Nagra USA in Nashville, or Dan Dugan in San Francisco, or perhaps the usual suspects (Trew, L.S, etc) for old parts inventory. Otherwise, just remove the gasket. If done properly, the machine will look great without it. Using a plastic scraper or plastic knife of some kind, score around where the gasket meets the aluminum, top and bottom, and work some WD-40 under the gasket, let it soak for a day, and repeat for 3 or 4 days. If it doesn't come off cleanly, Wipe off the WD-40 and baste the gasket with alcohol as you remove it gently with a plastic scrape tool. Don't use a razor blade, which will permanently scratch the brushed aluminum underneath. Don't use acetone. Know your solvents. The Nagra E and IS did not use the gasket. Google some photos of these to see how it will look. -Pete Verrando