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    Faulty AKG414

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    I've got trouble with one of my 414s. It's been in my switched off studio for 10 weeks while I was away. Very cold, not really damp - and now it makes random noise bursts - either short phuts, or longer periods of crackling. Definitely the mic proven by substitution.

    I've had it in a hot boiler room for a few days, but no luck.

    Anyone know the best place in the UK to send it? I could send it to AKG, but wondered if anyone knows any mic repair companies other than them?
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    I was going to suggest Ashley Styles but it looks like he's retired. I know of one other person who might be able to help but I'm not sure if he's still doing mic repairs. I'll ask and report back.
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    Stewart Tavener at xuadia.com might be worth contacting.
    I know he advertises ribbon services but if he can't help he might at least know someone.
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    I think I would give a try to placing it in a plastic ziplock bag with some desiccant packs perhaps for a week. I had a mic that had seemed to had gotten some dampness into the capsule and/or the circuit board and like yourself I had placed it in a warm location which didn't help. The desiccant packs did restore the mic.
    I had used these Premium Silica Gel Orange Indicating(Orange to Dark Green) Silica Gel Packets and there was a definite color change over the days they were in the bag with the mic.
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    Sounds like moisture on the capsule. Happens to my old Sonys from time to time. Leave the mic powered up for a few days to see if it bakes off. You can augment the process by placing the mic over a low watt incandescent light bulb. Between the power and low heat, it should clear up if it's moisture alone with no failed components.
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    Plastic bag, silica gel bags and back in the boiler cupboard for a cup of days has seemed to do the trick. I'll see if it lasts, and report back.

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