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What kind of Mic is this?

Postby mprior » Mon Apr 12, 2021 3:59 pm

I recently purchased this microphone and I am wondering if anyone knows what kind it is. It looks like it may be an Electro Voice but I am not sure.
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:07 pm

The profile pic can't be expanded and it's really too small to make a decent guess at. Any chance of a link to a better picture?
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Mike Stranks » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:13 pm

This: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7vVDGTOHW0

will show you how to post pictures here... (no sound on the video...)
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Wonks » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:42 pm

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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Kwackman » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:48 pm

I think I remember seeing something like this in the 70s, Peavey?
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Wonks » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:52 pm

Yes, Kwackman!

It's a Peavey PMH Dynamic Cardioid Mic.

One here.

https://reverb.com/item/35142949-peavey ... 1974-white
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby mprior » Mon Apr 12, 2021 4:54 pm

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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Wonks » Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:00 pm

Apparently It was manufactured for Peavey by Astatic, an American manufacturer of phonograph cartridges. It wasn't a very expensive mic at the time.

Someone refurbing one here: https://forums.peavey.com/viewtopic.php ... 2&start=45

It's very likely the foam inside the wire grille is in the same decayed condition and won't be protecting the capsule from wind noise as it should.
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby ManFromGlass » Mon Apr 12, 2021 5:59 pm

It says there is a rubber ring to absorb impact. Sounds like the designers might have had some concerns about rough handling!
Unless this was a feature on mics for live performing?
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby shufflebeat » Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:11 am

Wonks wrote:Apparently It was manufactured for Peavey by Astatic, an American manufacturer of phonograph cartridges.

I have a vague recollection of Astatic being mentioned among harmonica players.

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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby Wonks » Tue Apr 13, 2021 8:15 am

ManFromGlass wrote:It says there is a rubber ring to absorb impact. Sounds like the designers might have had some concerns about rough handling!
Unless this was a feature on mics for live performing?
Any handheld dynamic mic should have some form of shock-absorbing suspension for the capsule to reduce handling noise. This will normally involve some pieces of rubber. But as any comparison test will show, some mics have much lower handling noise than others. And yes, the designers should also allow for the mics to be dropped, and the capsule suspension will help protect the capsule.

Mics for studio recording tend not to have this, which is why you’d normally use them with a shock mount, which historically has used rubber or stretchy elastic rings (so the rubber has been on the outside). Not for protection from handling noise (as they aren’t designed to be held), but from vibrations transmitted up the mic stand.
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Re: What kind of Mic is this?

Postby ManFromGlass » Tue Apr 13, 2021 12:27 pm

Many years back I remember an ad campaign for the SM-57 or similar mic. It was a photo of the mic face first in a half finished pint of beer sitting on a bar counter. The text said something like This Mic Will Live Again.
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