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    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
    Not sure what you need to know ? It's a box of parts. I'd say just pay attention to the displayed instructions and layouts before buying.

    I had been interested in this one for a long time, but I can just run tubes on any old MIC.;
    DIY Vacuum Tube Condenser Microphone Kit

    You know how it goes - a dozen other things get bought
    thats a interesting DIY, I think it'd be fun and not take up too much room.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolCat View Post
    thats a interesting DIY, I think it'd be fun and not take up too much room.
    haha Ya, some will run through a dozen preamps and might of assembled a tube MIC instead. Ya, I still look, but I have a hard time seeing the big difference of a tube in the MIC vs tube in the amp. We have quiet components compared to the day of those early Telefunken components

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    well the tubes still in the electronic chain isnt it?
    though LEo Fender spent his whole life trying to make the tube remain clean where it wasnt Hendrix's goal at all.
    the ART MPA was a nice tube entry level thing.
    someone said they bought the tube mics and it wasnt so huge a difference than the FET too.
    im a broken record anymore but my theory is its the compressors all along that was doing the dirt everyone loves.

    if it's not happening in the room, it ain't gonna happen on tape.-H.Gerst

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    Well, tubes is a funny thing right now. Fender and Marshall need to sell amps and we can't go around suggesting new tubes suck : ) hahah If nobody makes them, it will really suck.

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    I did this mod....
    The U87 mod for the Studio projects C1.

    Studio Projects C1 Mods – Microphone-Parts.com

    It sounds awesome now. Much smoother high end but still plenty of articulation and "air". The mod wasn't hard at all. Just have to follow the instructions (with pictures). You also have to have a small soldering iron as not to get the circuit board plastic too hot.

    It took me 2 hours to do the mod because i was taking it very slow.
    I could knock one out in an hour now
    I was country before they took the O out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimistone View Post
    I did this mod....
    The U87 mod for the Studio projects C1.

    Studio Projects C1 Mods – Microphone-Parts.com

    It sounds awesome now. Much smoother high end but still plenty of articulation and "air". The mod wasn't hard at all. Just have to follow the instructions (with pictures). You also have to have a small soldering iron as not to get the circuit board plastic too hot.

    It took me 2 hours to do the mod because i was taking it very slow.
    I could knock one out in an hour now
    I am probably going to do one of these someday at this rate, got myself a DIY electronic's kit to fiddle with a couple days ago. Nice to hear success stories.

    Quote Originally Posted by garww View Post
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    To the OP, yes I have experience with several of their products (micparts.com), and I've been extremely pleased.

    I first performed the SP C1 mod that jimistone referenced above, and it completely transformed the mic's sound. I couldn't believe the difference it made for $70. The harsh upper end was completely gone.

    Next, I replaced the capsule in my Apex 460 mic with their RK-12 capsule, which also made a huge difference. I also replaced the grill basket with their grill. I plan on doing the full circuit mod to this as well.

    Finally, I've just finished performing a complete mod on the MXL 990, including their RK-47 capsule, the circuit replacement kit, and the grill basket. I haven't had a chance to use this mic yet, but I'm excited to do so.

    The kit instructions are second to none. As long as you have good soldering skills, you can't mess it up. They walk you through all the way with full color pictures.

    I'll also add that their customer service has been excellent. The few questions I've had, they've always gotten back to me quickly (via email) and have been very helpful.
    famous beagle

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    Quote Originally Posted by famous beagle View Post
    To the OP, yes I have experience with several of their products (micparts.com), and I've been extremely pleased.



    Next, I replaced the capsule in my Apex 460 mic with their RK-12 capsule, which also made a huge difference. I also replaced the grill basket with their grill. I plan on doing the full circuit mod to this as well.
    l.
    There's a circuit mod floating around too, it's on my todo list, but you change out the tube to a 12AY7 and swap the transformer. You also have to mod the PSU.

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    2nd that!!

    Group DIY is a great source for DIY mic builds, kits and mods!!

    I even managed to build a U47 following the original circuits with the help of group DIY and it sounds A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!

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    I bet it does! There's nothing like that vintage sound!

    What I've started to have a bit of interest in lately is DIY synthesizers.

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