90 degree xlr hack

TAE

All you have is now
So I decided to break out my ADK-51 ST condenser to use in place of my trusty SM57 to do some of these live recordings ( just couldn't it loud enough without hiss) ...and the cable hangs down too low almost hitting my keyboards keys ( yes I could have turned it around so the connector was pointing up) ... Hmmm? I need a 90 degree XLR
Could have ordered one on amazon and had in a few days but I thought to myself / self maybe we could just frankenstein with plumbing parts. Hour or so later Ta da! Hey it works and it only cost $1 for the 90 degree copper elbow that I already had in my garage...Totally fit perfect had to notch for the little button and drill a hole for the screw that holds the xlr plug.. I actually just sweated the copper fitting to the barrel part of the original ....ez pz if you happen to have the drills , soldering iron, propane torch and copper plumbing sweating experience. Could have drilled the barrel and fitting and used a screw instead of sweating it but sweating was too easy for me.


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TalismanRich

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So, MacGyver, the corona virus scripts must be getting a bit slim, eh? :thumbs up:

FWIW, I just waited 2 days for a half dozen to get delivered when I needed a 90 degree plug. Four are still in the drawer, 4-5 years later. But SOMEDAY, I'll need one, and probably won't be able to find them.
 

ecc83

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Just FYI. If anyone is ever stuck like this and HAVE get a mic working but need a R/A plug, just dismantle a regular XLR and plug in the naked pins. You would think you would get all sorts of RF ***T bangin' in but in most cases you don't. The output resistance of mics is so low that the short bit of screening loss rarely matters. Naturally check recordings with cans (and a RTA if poss) for nasties.

Cracking 'kludge' by the way!

Dave.
 
Seems like a lot of work to just avoid buying the right item in the first place. Neutrik makes all kinds of connector as well as Switchcraft but the Neutrik I have used all worked well and were more to my liking. They can be had from Full Compass Systems or my favorite place in the radio business I was in was Broadcasters General Store in Ocala FL. I have built entire radio stations and worked on Studios for ESPN. We always used the stuff that was required and I did not see any need for copper pipe.
 

TAE

All you have is now
Seems like a lot of work to just avoid buying the right item in the first place. Neutrik makes all kinds of connector as well as Switchcraft but the Neutrik I have used all worked well and were more to my liking. They can be had from Full Compass Systems or my favorite place in the radio business I was in was Broadcasters General Store in Ocala FL. I have built entire radio stations and worked on Studios for ESPN. We always used the stuff that was required and I did not see any need for copper pipe.
For sure a lot easier n cheaper ( if you count my time ) but ordering one would have taken a day or two and this allowed me to get back to what I was trying to do in an hour...instead of a few days AND the fun and satisfaction of McGivering shit...I get a kick out of playing Dr. Frankenstein...Use it up, wear it out, make due or do without. I just did a shop vac rebuild that was hilarious ..The original stanley motor had gone out but it's a stainless steel tank on a cart with all the fittings , hoses and connections..Oh hell no I'm not throwing that away..for $100+bucks I could buy a nice shiny new one but that ain't no fun... First I tried using a leaf blower and it worked but I was dissapointed with the sucking and it made WAY too much noise... I had an older Dyson sitting the garage I'd been keeping for parts but the wife had moved on to a Shark vacuum and now I had two Dysons...soooooo Tore one apart pulled that killer vac motor out and frankensteined it onto the stanley Wowzer...most powerful shop vacuum I have ever owned and super quiet ...At Namm one year there was some booth handing out stickers that said stupididiotic ..they were cool looking so I grabbed a few...Never could quite figure out what to do with them....Well now I have a Stupididiotic Stanley shop vac that kicks ass ;)

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