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Microphone maintenance query

Postby rggillespie » Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:52 pm

I'm just checking I'm doing the right thing and hoping for some advice. I keep my mics out on stands ready for use for vocals and guitar recording and ideally I'd like them out and have them ready for use and not back in their boxes. The room is a little dusty so I've got them with a handkerchief and a pop sock covering the diaphragm when not in use. One has a foam windshield so its just that and a hankie over it, is this enough protection for the delicate capsules? I'm not sure if my diy approach is enough, or are there better solutions that I'm unaware of, for keeping them in good condition and working at their optimum?
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:10 pm

I think a polythene bag (like a freezer bag) might provide rather better dust protection than a hankie...
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby The Red Bladder » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:40 pm

rggillespie wrote: are there better solutions that I'm unaware of, for keeping them in good condition and working at their optimum?
Yes.

Put them back in their boxes!
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby Freelance Subversive » Sun Jul 05, 2020 1:54 pm

The Red Bladder wrote:
rggillespie wrote: are there better solutions that I'm unaware of, for keeping them in good condition and working at their optimum?
Yes.

Put them back in their boxes!

As above — it’ll better protect them from potential trauma when not in use; also, periodic cleaning of the room they are used in.
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby James Perrett » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:07 pm

Like Hugh, I just hang a freezer bag over them when not in use. I used to just use the foam windshield as protection for the U87 until it started disintegrating and leaving foam particles on the grille.
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby ManFromGlass » Sun Jul 05, 2020 2:54 pm

I use freezer bags too. But if I have one over a ribbon mic I put it on and remove it very slowly as I’m concerned about gusts of air on the ribbon. Perhaps I’m unduly paranoid about that.
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby CS70 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 3:30 pm

All mics in boxes here.

Following Eddy Deegan's suggestion here, I got myself an air purifier and the dust's much less of an issue in general, so that can help as well,
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby rggillespie » Sun Jul 05, 2020 5:39 pm

Many thanks for the tips, I’ve followed Eddy’s advice and got a purifier. Along with the freezer bags now in place, I feel the mics are safe and sorted. Worth looking after them as I hope they’ll be the first and last I ever buy. Worryingly though I think if I keep reading SOS I’m in danger of becoming a micaholic!
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Re: Microphone maintenance query

Postby CS70 » Sun Jul 05, 2020 7:32 pm

rggillespie wrote:Many thanks for the tips, I’ve followed Eddy’s advice and got a purifier. Along with the freezer bags now in place, I feel the mics are safe and sorted. Worth looking after them as I hope they’ll be the first and last I ever buy. Worryingly though I think if I keep reading SOS I’m in danger of becoming a micaholic!

Not to worry, we have a club :bouncy:
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