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Cleaning a type E/C carbon microphone
- Joined: July 21st, 2008, 7:16 pm
For some time now I have had in my collection, a type E carbon microphone in quite poor condition. Recently, I came to the conclusion that because I had a similar mic in better condition, I would have this one recovered. However, before going the route of recovering, my Dad pointed out that it would be worth trying to clean the microphone because it wouldn't harm our chances of it turning out OK. If cleaning it didn't work, we could just continue with attempting to recover it.
We had tried to clean the microphone with a toothbrush when we first bought it, but because it was new to the collection we didn't want to risk destroying the chamois. This time we soaked it in soapy water, before scrubbing away at it with some soap and a toothbrush. We then left it to dry overnight.
<img alt="01021.JPG" src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1274529380.JPG" width="203" height="222">
<img alt="0102.JPG" src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1274529362.JPG">
Above are two pictures showing how my microphone used to look before I decided to clean it.
And here are some pictuers of how it looks now:
As is clear, the difference is quite vivid. However, I think it looks a bit too white, and the texture of the leather is quite thin and stretched; it feels quite brittle in comparison to the soft texture of my other mic. Conversely, everything is original to the mic, and it's nice to know i tried this and it worked, before going the route of recovering. The only realy problem is that my other mic looks dirty now!
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- Joined: September 8th, 2004, 10:02 pm
Hi Ben,The first two pictures look worse than they do on my PC...
Anyway, I hope this is a better picture:
<img alt="01020131.JPG" src="http://www.network54.com/Realm/tmp/1274530374.JPG" width="886" height="616">
It certainly looks clean!
In my opinion it would be better not to recover this mic.
Considering 99% of the original covering still exists and I think the mic would lose its character. Plus you would reduce the value if you put on new chammy.
The almost white colour would be correct.
Don't do it!
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