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Oscar Sound Tech-lavs Re-visited.

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I recently hired out a my lectro 210d and ost tl40 to a sound guy from a big network here in Australia.

He used the vampire clip to hide the lav in view...

He said it's the best sounding radio he had ever heard.....

When you get an ost that works, they do sound pretty good

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I used an OST-801 wired for G3 and for the money, you get a lot.. Exposed on a vamp clipped onto a tie it was much too sibilant for my taste, but it performed fairly well when hidden. The capsule is flat like a tram, but is slightly too big to button hole on dress shirts.

 

Also, not sure if it is just mine, but the sleeve to the 1/8 connector is extremely loose and I can see down to the wiring. I don't think there is any strain relief to the solder, which is bothersome.

 

It kicks the crap out of the ME-2, but most things do.

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I used an OST-801 wired for G3 and for the money, you get a lot.. Exposed on a vamp clipped onto a tie it was much too sibilant for my taste, but it performed fairly well when hidden. The capsule is flat like a tram, but is slightly too big to button hole on dress shirts.

 

Also, not sure if it is just mine, but the sleeve to the 1/8 connector is extremely loose and I can see down to the wiring. I don't think there is any strain relief to the solder, which is bothersome.

 

It kicks the crap out of the ME-2, but most things do.

The 802 version has a flatter frequency response so it would sound more natural exposed.  I have six of them and they sound good exposed.  If you send your mic in I'm sure they would fix the loose connector.

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Quick question: any recommendations on alternative tie clips for the TL-40's? I've broken two of the ones that came with the TL-40's already, the plastic "spring" is rather flimsy.

But I don't know which other clips might fit the TL-40's. Any tips? Cheers!

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They fit the cos-11 metal screens as well but they re so tight that you have to be carefull with the capsule to wire attachment when u take it off. It breaks easy. The good part is that they replaced mine for free bunch of times. Producers love when you show up with many different colored lavs. Best value for lavs.

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Two of my TL40s also broke due to strain from removing sticky stuff etc. Just where the capsule ends and the cable begins there the shield came off. They still work for the time being,i just put shrink wrap around that area.

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I got my Sanken clips from Pinknoise. They work for the TL-40s for sure, but I can't quite get them so that I could also fit a Rode Lav furry, since the capsule is so short... I guess one option would be to use the clip "upside-down" and clip the mic + furry on the cable holder on the backside. Will have to experiment.

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Hope it’s okay to resurrect this old thread – how are OST-801/OST-802 users finding the mic these days, when in use? Was considering Trams as my first lavs until now.

 

Also, anyone know where to find audio samples of the mic online?

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Never used the Senal.. nor do I expect to.

The USA (NJ) made OST 801 / 802 are a good bang-for-the-buck.. Exact same size/shape and pick-up characteristics as the Tram .. the mounts are even interchangeable and available in four shades (white to black). The 4x7mm end-fire OST TL40 has a flatter response which is good for sibilant voices and such. I haven't checked prices lately, but the OST mics were around $120usd with a TA or 3.5mm locking Tx plug.

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If you're looking for Tram-style then 80x are a great value. I have used TL40s a lot, and generally I find them to be more sibilant than 801s. They also have less low-end. Best use I got out of them was in tie-knots on male voices. They don't mix well with DPAs on the chest for example.

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