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found a few mics while cleaning

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by DonnyThompson, Apr 21, 2014.

  1. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    I was organizing some boxes yesterday, and I found four mics that I forgot I had.

    Two are Sennheisers - 409 dynamics; gold faced on the front, black faced on the back - and the others are a pair of EV 408A super cardioids that I used to use for "animal" drummers - those types of drummers who would generally hit everything BUT the drum heads. Mics, rims, etc... you know the type I'm talking about.

    Nothing to scream "Eureka!" about, like finding a vintage C-12 or something - then again, I wouldn't have ever forgotten if I owned a C-12. LOL

    But it's always fun to find gear you forgot you had.


  2. pcrecord

    pcrecord Don't you want the best recording like I do ? Well-Known Member

    I recently found an old 421 (with a broken holder) in an old box of mixed cables. Tested OK, I forgot about it a long time ago. Now even with the holder broken, I think I'm gonna use it as an alternative mic on some guitar cab (easy to hang it with the cable to the amp handle) ;)

    I also remembered about an Audio technica pro25, I'll try to find it when I get time and see if it could be used for something. If not ; ebay time !!

    It's funny how we focus on what work best over the years. Since I changed all my preamps this year, I'm rediscovering my mics and redifining their uses. Got suprises a few times...
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    Nice find! (he says, coveting the 409s)
  4. DonnyThompson

    DonnyThompson Distinguished Member

    LOL...Why? They're not a big deal or anything. They are a nice, solid, well built dynamic mic that I used to use frequently on amps... but I wouldn't consider them to be anything all that special. I put them in the same arena as 58's and 57's.
  5. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Ya know... some of those Sennheiser 421's, were fitted into shock mount, mounts. They didn't use the little slide in, hard stand, clip, gizmo. So get one of those generic microphone elastic shock mounts and stick your... 421 in it.

    You want to aim that microphone. You don't want to just sling it over the guitar cabinet like ya would a 57, no. It won't sound as good as a 57, that way. Don't ask me why? I was never happy with it, when I tried it that way, even though my clip mounts weren't broken. Stick it on a snare drum or a bass drum or the tom-toms. That's where they really shine. I really don't even care for them on vocals, like I do the 57/58's. Although they're very popular for DJs at radio stations. Don't ask me why? Good vocal mic. Not my favorite that way. Good when ya don't want that 57/58 sound. Most of the time, I want that 58 sound on my vocalists. Occasionally the Beta 58. Especially if I want something that sounds more like a condenser microphone, when it isn't one. That's the Beta 58. Or the 57 of the Beta series. They don't sound like the SM's. In fact, I find them quite a departure from the 57/58, SM's. Those are also not my favorite. Though I've got a couple. They were also the only ones who have ever failed on me in the middle of recording live. I could never figure out why they failed? It was not during an abusive live recording. On the contrary, it was an acoustic set. And I was applying no phantom power. Go figure? The secondary of the Transformers inside the microphone, opened. This is something I would see from phantom. But there wasn't any phantom. And the guy wasn't singing loudly. It was on the stand. He wasn't holding it. It wasn't dropped. It just stopped in the middle of a note he was singing LOL. Not funny I know. I could hardly believe it? I had three. I only have one. Because the other two died! So much for those Beta 58's. I'll never buy another because of that. Only the SM's. What a letdown that was. Crap! 300+ dollars gone. I was so upset with that, I didn't even want to send them to SHURE, for repair. And that was the only time I ever had any microphone, ever let me down, ever. Not even my Beyer M-160's/130 has ever even failed even when it had phantom power cursing through its XLR input. Go figure? I was so mad... I tossed them in the trash, in a fit of rage, both times.

    So when I go off and talk about 57 & 58's please know, everyone, I'm always talking about the SM-57/58's and not the Beta's. I like the way they sound when I want that sound but... they let me down, twice over. So I've got SHURE Beta PTSD. That's the model I'll never use again. The PTSD series.

    Mx. Remy Ann David
  6. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    No big mystery, because I don't already have one. I have a couple of the e609 and an e906 they're all good, I'm told the 409 is better. So I'd be happy to give 'em a good home.
  7. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    The 409 is a very special mic. You should use them. One problem they had was the foam disintegrating and taking the capsule with it. Look at old Pink Floyd pictures and videos. Thats what they used for vocal mics. I used to own a pair. Loved them on almost everything including vocals.

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