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The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:23 pm
by Mike Stranks
So just bought a matched pair of SDCs via EBay...

Winter weather, cold warehouses, we're out when postie calls so leaves in garage...

First one is fine; second one pops, fizzes and crackles. Dew-points, cold/warm, condensation etc etc etc.

So they're in the boiler cubby (very warm and snug) for 24+hours. Let's hope...

Seller confirms that they were tested and working before they left him... High score, 100% detailed description and good photos... I don't doubt his word...

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:31 pm
by Hugh Robjohns
Fingers crossed they warm up nicely!

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Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:33 pm
by Wonks
A bit strange that one does and one doesn't when they've been through the same conditions. But wait and see. Though it may indicate one isn't all it should be.

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Sat Feb 09, 2019 10:14 pm
by Sam Spoons
My "Bastard BM-88" arrived through the post this morning, I haven't got around to plugging it in yet but I'm sure it won't be suffering from the same problems Mike.......

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:52 am
by Jack Ruston
I think it will be condensation.

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:11 am
by jaminem
You should have got valve mics.
they are less prone to condensation and cold weather because they are warmer









:headbang:

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:31 am
by Tim Gillett
IMO those last two comments were just dripping with condensation. ;)

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:53 am
by Mike Stranks
Fingers-crossed....

40 hours-ish at a more or less constant temperature of 34 degs C and a dry atmosphere, coupled with an hour or so of phantom-power this morning seems to have done the trick...

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 11:57 am
by Hugh Robjohns
:thumbup: :D

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 12:02 pm
by Ramirez
I just had something similar as well, but I sent it back as it didn’t seem to settle within a couple of days.

Awaiting replacement today, but that’s been sitting in a cold warehouse for a few days as well...

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:51 pm
by Mike Stranks
Sadly the crossed-fingers came to nought.

The problem has reoccurred this afternoon so whatever it is a 'dry-out' hasn't fixed it.

Back to the seller for a refund... :thumbdown:

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 3:58 pm
by Wonks
A shame, Mike. :( I did think it strange that it didn't happen to both, assuming that they were packed the same way.

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 4:23 pm
by ConcertinaChap
That is a shame. I had the same problem with a pair of brand new KM184s (both of them, so yes that was a bad sign for you) but the airing cupboard treatment worked fine for them.

CC

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2019 7:14 pm
by Ramirez
Ramirez wrote:I just had something similar as well, but I sent it back as it didn’t seem to settle within a couple of days.

Awaiting replacement today, but that’s been sitting in a cold warehouse for a few days as well...

...and all is good with this one!

Re: The Curse of the 'Mics Thru the Post' strikes again...

PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 3:36 pm
by Martin Walker
Phew! Result! :thumbup: 8-)


Martin