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biczmusic



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Cleaning Lavaliers new
      #940978 - 15/09/11 12:12 PM
Hi everyone

Have a quick one:
What products do you use to clean Lavaliers?
The mic itself and the cable as well.

Where can I get them?

Cheers for all your help.



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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: biczmusic]
      #941021 - 15/09/11 02:11 PM
Depends what you're trying to clean off them... IPA is good for most things; available from any decent supplier of electronics servicing kit - CPC etc.

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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: Sheriton]
      #941036 - 15/09/11 02:49 PM
IPA -- not the beer! He means isopropyl alcohol (just in case anyone wasn't sure! )

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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #941047 - 15/09/11 04:04 PM
Not to hijack the thread, but is there a way to save a lav that you accidentally submerged in beer?


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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: twotoedsloth]
      #941055 - 15/09/11 04:42 PM
Wash it thoroughly in distilled water as soon as possible after theevent. Leave to dry naturally. Hope for the best.

The construction of the electret capsule makes them relatively impervious to water damage, but sugary, sticky things like beer, and corrosive salty things like sweat, can kill lavaliers pretty quickly.

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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: Hugh Robjohns]
      #941057 - 15/09/11 04:55 PM
Quote Hugh Robjohns:

Wash it thoroughly in distilled water as soon as possible after theevent. Leave to dry naturally. Hope for the best.

The construction of the electret capsule makes them relatively impervious to water damage, but sugary, sticky things like beer, and corrosive salty things like sweat, can kill lavaliers pretty quickly.

Hugh




I know a few people that are using ultrasonic cleaners for this as well, though I don't know from first hand experience how well it does or does not work.

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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: biczmusic]
      #941073 - 15/09/11 06:47 PM
Hmm... well, I set the lav aside after a performer stupidly tossed it into a beer glass backstage, fully intending to try to repair it last May, probably too late to save it now, but I'll try all the same. I probably also should have asked him to pay for a new lav right after the incident, but I procrastinated, and here we are in September...


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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers [Re: twotoedsloth]
      #941441 - 17/09/11 11:38 AM
Quote twotoedsloth:

Hmm... well, I set the lav aside after a performer stupidly tossed it into a beer glass backstage, fully intending to try to repair it last May, probably too late to save it now, but I'll try all the same. I probably also should have asked him to pay for a new lav right after the incident, but I procrastinated, and here we are in September...




You should immediately have billed the performer for a new microphone.

No argument - his fault - his stupidity.

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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: biczmusic]
      #941583 - 17/09/11 11:30 PM
Ummm that would of really wound me up BIG time ! Arrr hate people like that - NO respect for kit,

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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: TSH-Tim]
      #941586 - 17/09/11 11:43 PM
This is one of the major problems with working at a university, everyone thinks we have unlimited budgets, so they frequently "borrow" and/or mistreat gear. You might also wonder why someone was allowed to have alcohol backstage, well, that's because we hire students to work backstage, and none of them have the guts to call someone out....

I soaked the lav in distilled water, and I'm going to wait for week for it to dry out.

If this doesn't work, is it worth trying hydrogen peroxide or isopropyl?


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Re: Cleaning Lavaliers new [Re: biczmusic]
      #941613 - 18/09/11 02:47 AM
Surely your just charge them no ?

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