Mid Side Shockmount for Schoeps

Discussion in 'Microphones & Recording' started by grant, Jan 2, 2007.

  1. grant

    grant Active Member

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    I just ordered a Schoeps MK8 to do mid side. I also unfortunately ordered a Schoeps AMS 22. Why unfortunately? Because I'm not fond of paying $184 for a single plastic mic clip.

    Do any of you know of alternative (cheaper) mid side shockmounts/clips that would accomodate these 21mm mics (cmc6)?

    Thanks,
    Grant
     
  2. mdemeyer

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    Order the center mic holder and the two elastics of the the AMS 22 as spare parts from Schoeps. Around $20. Cut off a 1/2" length of 2.5" to 3" diameter PVC pipe, cut a few shallow grooves in appropriate locations to keep the elastics positioned, attach it to the swivel from an old mic clip (takes a little mechanical creativity, but not much), and you have yourself a dandy alternative to the AMS 22 for about $25 and a couple hours work.

    That's what I use... I'll take a photo in the coming days and post it.

    Michael
     
  3. grant

    grant Active Member

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    Wow. Thanks. That goes to show how overpriced it is--that you can buy half of the thing's parts for a mere $20.

    I'll look forward to that picture. Anyone else's idea(s) are still appreciated.

    Grant
     
  4. grant

    grant Active Member

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    Has anyone tried to use two standard mic clips and the Shure A27M? I can't tell from the picture if it would work.
     
  5. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

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    My ho-made solution for my blueline mics
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    and a shockmount arrangement for just about anything small, including my MS setup

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  6. mdemeyer

    mdemeyer Active Member

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    Nice woodwork. Now I'll be embarrassed to post photos of my PVC pipe gizmo this weekend... :oops:

    Michael
     
  7. MadTiger3000

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  8. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

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    Baltic Birch plywood - 19mm. My favorite material for utilitarian bits. Looks great with a quick shot of lacquer.
     
  9. DavidSpearritt

    DavidSpearritt Well-Known Member

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    Karl, beautiful handiwork and clamps. Where do you get the clamp in the last photo, made up with the hex bar.
     
  10. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

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    Sabra Som t-bar. A very versatile setup and easy to expand (3/8" hex bar is easy to get). Not good for heavy mics, but great for small stuff. I've bought from a couple of places. It isn't real common, but google will find it for you quick enough.
     
  11. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

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    It's common enough to be able to be gotten at Guitar Center...you just have to ask. They don't stock it. (They stock the Sabra-Som Shock mount though).

    I've found, even with larger mics, it works okay. My main support bars for my Sabra-Soms have been replaced with drop hardened steel versus the aluminum that they come with and this allows me to mount even a stereo pair of tube mics 15 feet in the air.

    BTW Zemlin -
    That is some of the most creative woodworking I've seen! Nice work!
     
  12. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

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    Thanks (and to the others as well). 8)
    I worked as a machinist for a while out of high school and now work as a mechanical engineer doing machine design - so designing and making bits like this is rather second nature for me. Many decent mounts and such are bloody expensive, so there's a fair amount of motivation to find better solutions.

    WRT the Sabra Som on heavy mics, the only bit I don't like is the clutch that threads onto the mic stand. I think every one that I have (which includes a few extras I was sent as warranty replacements) have cracked in one way or another. I have used them for MS mounting of LDC mics, but I make sure the mics are balanced about the clutch so it's job is fairly easy. I'm in the process of putting a much stouter t-bar together from some Bogen bits - not there yet, but when that's done I'll be in good shape.
     

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