Fake CAD microphones???

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  1. machina

    machina Active Member

    Nov 10, 2004
    I recently came across a seemingly great deal at musiciansfriend on a pair of "CAD" CTM-1000A capsule condenser mics for $99. The list price for the pair is $600, and the mics actual street price is $150 a piece. The deal seemed to good to be true, so I checked the CAD website but didn't find any mic with the model number CTM-1000A. I eventually discovered that the CTM-1000A is actually a mic built by a company called Astatic, which I've never heard of. Why would these Astatic mics be marketed as CAD mics when the mic itself actually says "Astatic" on it, and not "CAD"? CAD has a capsule condenser, the e70, that looks just like the Astatic CTM-1000A. I've also seen some retailers advertising the CTM-1000A as being built by Behringer, but being sold as CAD's. I'm a bit confused. Does anyone have any experience with Astatic mics?

    Here's the link to the "CAD" CTM-1000A at musicians friend:
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    Here's a link to the Astatic CTM-1000A:

    Here's a link to the CAD e70:
  2. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    astatic has been around along time... cant remeber them ever being considered worth anything though... IIRC they made mics for CB's etc and replacement cartridges for old stereos that kinda $*^t...
  3. mdemeyer

    mdemeyer Active Member

    Dec 22, 2004
    Dublin, CA USA
    Actually, their CB mics were quite good... as far as CB mics went. I remember (a very long time ago) upgrading to what I think was a D-104 model...

    Breaker-1-9... :D
  4. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Astatic is the parent company of CAD. They both sell mics made in Conneaut, Ohio as well as overseas. The CAD line is their "Pro Audio" gear, the Astatic line is aimed more to the church and contractor markets. Many are the same basic model, but with a different designation. Sometimes this can be very confusing.
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    "..Errr, Roger that Astatic mic good buddy...." "Whuts yer 10-22? Come back....."
  6. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    Just remember to keep that greasy side down and that shiny side up good buddy! Yeachhhhhh

    Chances are, regardless of condenser microphone companies you choose, most of the capsules are made by Taiwanese firms. Most are marvelously mediocre. Some sound great. Others are not worth the slave children that built them. Roger that?

    That old chrome Astatic lollipop ham/CB microphone was great wasn't it?? Takes me back to my CB years.

    Now I'm doing a different kind of Smoky (cough)
    Ms. Remy Ann David 10-7
  7. Yes Astatic owns CAD. Yes an e70 is the exact same thing as a CTM-1000a. And yes when you get those from MF they will be branded as Astatic. if any thing MF is slightly misleading.

    It's just a good old fashioned good deal you found. I found it myself a few weeks ago and bought a set.
    Good mics for $99 a set.

    They are now $150 a piece, but just a couple weeks ago they were $250 a piece.

    I have a feeling they are liquidating a bunch of product for Astatic / CAD.
  8. dementedchord

    dementedchord Well-Known Member

    May 11, 2006
    woooo... baby that's cold...

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