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    Help me dismantle my Electro-Voice RE-20 gem find please

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    just added this used giant to my collection from salvage inventory of a talk radio station that closed. Unlike almost all of my other EV mics, I cannot seem to unscrew either end of the barrel; I want to separate the head grill at minimum, to clean and recondition the retired pupster.

    Incidently the mic sounds "average" out of the shipping box (paradoxically no smoke or unpleasant odors or stains-- which drives me to wanna press forward with the mic cleaning mission). What I have read about this mic is true, no toppy or edgy surprises, less bass, and your preamp better have some hefty noiseless gain. I tested it for male vocals and speech.

    Back to my gem find's condition, something of course seems to move inside the RE20 when I shake it a certain way (for sure does not qualify as a rattle yet, but something DOES move maybe half a millimeter or less). I imagine there is a foam/rubber absorbing system that has deteriorated with time, allowing the capsule to sligthly move with gravity when tilted. I don't know how 'cause I can't open it.

    Also I want to adjust/replace the internal foam padding for that (possibly more) breathier and bassy? sound when I need it.

    Anyway, how do I dismantle this giant without breaking anything or bending the already weathered grill? \

    Thanks in advance!

    P.S. What's that mini screw hole on the head grill lip for?

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    Did some digging and came up with the EV's Service Manual found here (see next post) ;-)


    It shows 2 screws holding? the front cover (grill) and screen. The 2 screws seem to sit one on top of the other! The outter (top) one is missing from mine, the second one (inner) has some sort of micro hex head? My smallest hex nut won't fit in it.

    ANyone who has done this before can shed some light and at least confirm?

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    Any worthwhile mods known for this mic?

    While I am waiting for EV, telex, whoeterver, to get back to me regarding the tool I need to open this mic, any known mods for this mic?
    thx.

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    Opening The Re20

    Anyone figure out how to open this baby up yet? I can get the hex screw off, but can't pull the bottom off it it. Any ideas?

    Thanks,

    Joe

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    assistance on how to properly open the EV RE20

    I would appreciate anyone who can drop some suggestions here. My re20 has something loose inside I can hear the noise coming from the very top of the mike when I move it. I would like to open it but do not want to go trial and error. It is not clear from the postings whether there are 1 or 2 screws on the upper part, are they definetively hex type? -I can only see one small hole opening up on top . The service sheet for the re20 does not identify the tool to use nor the type of screws. Any one can please contribute

    many thanks
    teltima

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    Hex Tool for RE20

    The hex wrench size of the set screw on the top of the RE20 is 0.9mm. However, I've removed that one screw and still can't get the grille off. The schematic for this mic mentions that there's two set screws, but the diagram is not clear. If the two screws are indeed stacked on top of each other then the inner one of mine is stripped. Which seems odd. Or, the outer one is gone, and I've removed the inner one and still can't get the grille off. Thoughts anyone??

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    i bought one recently for 80 and had to take it apart to 'fix' it.

    had a lot of trouble with the grille grub screw jobby and ended up just drilling it out (carefully)


    even when i had completely bored it out though, the grille still wouldn't screw off. It only turned about a quarter turn each way..

    i put a tiny tiny drop of wd40 into the threads and the thing just spun off with no probs..(then i cleaned it)



    i imagine someone will come in a say dont put a drill or WD40 anywhere near a microphone,,,but hey, it worked for me,lol..


    i think there is meant to be an internal grub screw that holds the capsule up close to the grille, and then an external one that stops the grill from turning,

    but when i put mine back together everything was so well packed in that the capsule wasn't gona move anywhere,

    plus the grill screws on tight and isn't gona go anywhere,,like an SM58..
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    As much as I love vintage Electro Voice microphones, it seems they went out of their way to make them challenging to disassemble and reassemble.

    Don't recall them ever having a "no user repairable parts inside" warning on their stuff.

    About 15 years ago I came across a very trashed out RE-20 at work. I sent it back to EV and the cost to totally rebuild it then was $75. That was the original EV in Buchanan, Michigan. It doesn't surprise me that they want a couple hundred dollars to refurb an RE-20 today, though chances are they just send you a new microphone. When mine was rebuilt they returned all the damaged parts.
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    Reading with interest... I "won" an auction for an as-is RE20, and it just arrived. Dirty, rattly, yucky - just as described -- looks like it could be the worst move I've made on ebay for a while - should have stopped bidding sooner.

    I can see the little hex nut described above - I'll follow up with a description of how much worse I manage to screw this mic up...

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