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Hi all, I'm new here so don't shoot me if this topic has already been made, but I've been looking around and haven't found much info on the K-Tek K-Zepps?  I was originally gonna spring for a Rode (I'd love a Rycote but budget), but saw a comment pointing out the K-Zepp.  I was curious to hear if anybody has any opinions?

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+1 for the new Rycote Super Shields.

 

as far as the S-Series go, i did buy an S300 but sold it off after one short project. they are fine i guess for run & gun or similar but in certain situations they colour the sound of the mic used quite a bit (in my case the 416 and the 81i)... it must be that thick white plastic caging material used.

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I suppose it's too soon to have any good comparisons, but does anybody have any idea of the quality difference of the Rode Blimp redesign vs the Rycote Wind Shield?  I know Rycote has a better name and is slightly pricier, probably that says a lot, but most people I've heard complain about the Rode blimps are because of its bulk and build quality rather than sound quality.

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Coloration of sound I only have really experienced with the Combination of Schoeps cmit with the rycote modular blimp.

I prefer Sennheiser mzw 60-1.

Old Rode with MKH 416 Sounds Fine to me.

No experience with Cinela which could be the best of all as of threads here a Time ago.

BTW: the lyre System did not Show significant improvement on handling noise to me.

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I have been disappointed in the Rode.  I haven't noticed much coloration, but it is so DAMN HEAVY and built to punish or haze you when you boom.  On a fully extended boom, no one needs a pistol grip to add excess weight!  The choice of materials reflects an attempt to make the zepp robust, but it does so at a cost that will burn your shoulders for years to come...

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On a fully extended boom, no one needs a pistol grip to add excess weight! 

 

They sell separately a holder that really cut the weight of the whole thing

http://www.rodemic.com/accessories/blimp_mount

Now if only there was a way to install lyres on it... (i mean on the v1 of the rode blimp... damn rode doesn't sell spares for v1/v2)

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I have been disappointed in the Rode.  I haven't noticed much coloration, but it is so DAMN HEAVY and built to punish or haze you when you boom.  

 

Ya, I tried the original Rode blimp and was disappointed for a few reasons, the key one being the weight. But they say of their new model that was released a couple months ago (I think):

 

"With the lightweight design of the handle and suspension system the new Blimp design is over 25% lighter (550gm without microphone or DeadWombat fitted)."

 

More info here:

http://www.rodemic.com/accessories/blimp

 

 

I suppose it's too soon to have any good comparisons, but does anybody have any idea of the quality difference of the Rode Blimp redesign vs the Rycote Wind Shield?  I know Rycote has a better name and is slightly pricier, probably that says a lot, but most people I've heard complain about the Rode blimps are because of its bulk and build quality rather than sound quality.

 

 

Another potential factor: can you easily get spare parts for the Rode? I can for my Rycote stuff; that has some value for me... no idea if Rode and their dealers are great or not in this area. 

 

Not slagging Rode... just posting a couple thoughts...

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Another potential factor: can you easily get spare parts for the Rode?

Don't know where you from but in Europe every small musician shop is a rode dealer somewhat, which basically means that if they don't have it in stock it will take 1 or 2 business days to get it from the distributor.

I live in Istanbul right now and every small musician shop offers Rode products right now. I guess they are a bit unbeatable distribution wise because of that.

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Don't know where you from but in Europe every small musician shop is a rode dealer somewhat, which basically means that if they don't have it in stock it will take 1 or 2 business days to get it from the distributor.

 

Sure, if you need a new NT1 or a whole blimp kit...Rode will have you covered. But if you just need an individual part for the blimp (probably a minor-volume product in Rode's line), perhaps a back section of a cage after yours got crushed, then I don't know how quickly Rode owners can get replacements.

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