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#315494 - 02/06/11 01:52 PM ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age?
Rfinnshw Offline
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┐Does anyone have any knowledge as to whether a Vocal Cardioid Dynamic microphone experiences degradation after years of use?


I do not have a clue as to whether a mic degrades with age, and was hoping someone in this great Forum might have some expertise on this issue?

I have been using an "Audix OM5" for several years and was contemplating changing over to a Sennheiser e-935.

I reside in a area (Port Saint Lucie, Florida,) that does not have any big box music stores nearby to go into to do a side by side comparison of the different Vocal Cardioid Dynamic microphones.

Any thoughts or experiences would be greatly appreciated. clap

Ron, Port Saint Lucie, Florida



Edited by Rfinnshw (02/06/11 01:54 PM)
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#315506 - 02/06/11 03:04 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Rfinnshw]
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I don't know that they do degrade, over and above normal wear and tear. I suppose they must, to some degree, like anything else. Doesn't hurt to maintain them, though. Some mics I've come across in the past, well, it's a ruddy marvel they worked at all, seeing as how they had years of general crud (spittle, beer splashes, dust, etc.) Of course, these mics were real road warriors.

Unscrew the mesh, take out the foam insert and rinse it gently in warm soapy water, then let it air dry. That, at least, gives the mic a fighting chance if done on a regular basis.

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#315507 - 02/06/11 03:08 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: 124]
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Thanks, that is great advice.

Ron bluesbros


Edited by Rfinnshw (02/06/11 03:09 PM)
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#315516 - 02/06/11 03:50 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Rfinnshw]
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Hi Ron, glad you asked that question as I was wondering the same thing about my older 10+ year old Akg C3000 condenser and even older Ev 757 dynamic mic too. btw, still enjoying my 5 year old Sennheiser e935. Ron, your Audix OM5 is another mic I like too because I find the sound natural and unhyped. Curious, just "how old" is it? I'm sure unless it was uneccesarily dropped or abused, it should continue to deliver great sound. smile

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#315518 - 02/06/11 04:06 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Rfinnshw]
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Mics age like a good wine.....the only thing that ages is the singer smile


Edited by Dnj (02/06/11 04:06 PM)

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#315544 - 02/06/11 08:48 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Dnj]
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Well said Donny. dancers Even the VH can't save me. cry
I suspect your strong vocals will outlast any mic you have.
Eddie

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#315547 - 02/06/11 09:18 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: btweengigs]
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Originally Posted By: btweengigs
Well said Donny. dancers Even the VH can't save me. cry
I suspect your strong vocals will outlast any mic you have.
Eddie


Eddie I stick with my main mic EV ND967 or ND767a backup.......

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#315576 - 02/07/11 07:13 AM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Dnj]
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Most of today's mics will outlive their owner. They are constructed with fewer parts than those of two decades ago, the diaphragms are tough as nails, screen covers are really rugged and most have interior,foam breath suppressors. Add to this much better pickup patterns, feedback suppression and better frequency response and there is little chance, short of dropping the mic from a tall building, that it will wear out or be damaged.

Cheers,

Gary cool
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#315600 - 02/07/11 11:06 AM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: travlin'easy]
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Gary,

Thanks for your contribution to this question.

This was very helpful. singer

Ron, Port St. Lucie, FL


Edited by Rfinnshw (02/07/11 11:08 AM)
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#315602 - 02/07/11 11:14 AM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Rfinnshw]
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Regarding Audix OM5, I have one I bought used about seven years ago. I left it in a bar years ago, went back to get it the next week. It was no longer round. I asked what the heck did they do to it! I was told somebody used it and knocked the mic stand down and it hit the concrete floor. He said it almost got saved by hitting the chicken wire (Texas bar), but no, it slammed right into the concrete. I am still baffled that it works fine. Good mic.
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#315603 - 02/07/11 11:14 AM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: travlin'easy]
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Originally Posted By: travlin'easy
Most of today's mics will outlive their owner.


I'll let you know in 40 years! laugh laugh laugh

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#315638 - 02/07/11 02:16 PM Re: ┐ Microphones experience degradation as they age? [Re: Rfinnshw]
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It used to be the case than condenser mics tended to get weak after a lot of use. Not sure if that is true today. Anyway, the question was about dynamic mics.
Having said this though, I have a couple of EV bicentennial commemorative mics that I bought in 1976. One has my name engraved on it (it was a special offer back then). They are condensers and last time I tried one, it still sounded the same to me.
I'll bet my hearing has deteriorated more than any of the mics.
DonM
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