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Postby stemwinder » Sat Oct 13, 2018 4:47 pm

Hi there,

I am recording drums next weekend and dug out my pair of Shiny Box 46MX ribbon mics. They are fairly old (8 yrs) and have been in my mic locker (also known as the trunk in the spare room) for a year or so (stored upright, dry, warm, etc.).

Well, one seems to have died. The output is super-low and the output sounds like it is coming down an old phone line (severely high-passed, mid-rangey).

The other is fine.

Is this microphone dead? Can it be repaired? Is it worth it???

Many thanks,

Darren
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Re: ribbon mic dead?

Postby Wonks » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:06 pm

According to the 8-year old SoS review of the mic https://www.soundonsound.com/reviews/shiny-box-46mx, a replacement ribbon assembly cost $120 at the time. If you have to import the part, factor in shipping costs and VAT+ duty on top of that (if they apply), then you're near the cost of what they did cost new, though Studiospares price (only UK source that I could see) is now £286. You could contact them about spares.

It might be worth taking the screen off and seeing the state of the ribbon. If it's saggy, there may be a means of undoing the clamp and tightening it up again.
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Re: ribbon mic dead?

Postby blinddrew » Sat Oct 13, 2018 5:24 pm

Might be worth giving Stew a call at xaudia - ribbon repairs is his speciality.
http://xaudia.com/

(disclaimer, he's a mate, but he's still damn good. :) )
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Re: ribbon mic dead?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:58 pm

Yep, +1 -- Xaudia is the best place to get them sorted.

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Re: ribbon mic dead?

Postby stemwinder » Fri Oct 19, 2018 9:18 am

thanks to you all for your suggestions. I have relegated the ribbon to mono room mic duties for this weekend, but will call Xaudia next week - thx for the contact.

Cheers,

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