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by Michael_Joly
Fri Dec 31, 2010 5:47 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: microphone-parts.com
Replies: 12
Views: 3614

I've missed the camaraderie of the TOMB - especially after the shellacking I've taken over on Gearslutz by the hate club over there. With the exception of one mis-spent evening, I've really tried limit my posting on the message boards - it?s a simple matter of time. My lead time on mods continues to...
by Michael_Joly
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:43 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Do Dents in Mic Grills Effect the Sound?
Replies: 18
Views: 4525

Dents are not the problem. What caused the dents is the problem - the dropping or drum stick hits.
by Michael_Joly
Tue Oct 26, 2010 5:39 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Last ever Electro Harmonix 12AY7 Pre thread!
Replies: 17
Views: 3931

I never understood the hype / love.

The thing is noisy and only usable on guitar cabs, or loud vocals. I really did try to love it - new tubes, burn it in for two weeks etc.

But no way can it be used for acoustic guitar or quiet-to-mid level vocals without a hailstorm of noise.
by Michael_Joly
Tue Oct 19, 2010 4:16 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Oktava 319. Thoughts?
Replies: 19
Views: 3870

Deej wrote:Does anyone here know how much different the 219 and 319 sound?
The 219 and 319 use the same capsule and circuit but have different headbasket designs. This gives the 219 a bit more lower midrange push while the 319 is a bit more open-sounding. Both are great mics, just slightly different.
by Michael_Joly
Thu Oct 14, 2010 7:09 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Basic Cascade Fat Head (deal in banner)?
Replies: 19
Views: 7406

I've spent a year with my Cascade Fathead Ribbon mic with Lundahl transformer and am overall disappointed with it. Is a ribbon mic supposed to have a 'knocking' tonal characteristic? Is it supposed to be almost unblendable with other mics around a source (like a drumkit)? Is it supposed to lack the...
by Michael_Joly
Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:56 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Jule Amps! Anyone heard of this line?
Replies: 2
Views: 896

Great guy. I've got his beautiful "Santa Cruz" tube reverb tank. Lovely woodwork on the case and great sound manipulation with tone, dwell and sustain controls. Looking forward to getting one of his amps - but finally took delivery of my Mahaffay Amps "Little Lanilei " so I'm exploring that one righ...
by Michael_Joly
Tue Jul 06, 2010 8:38 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Just bought an 8 track, do I NEED a mixer?
Replies: 5
Views: 1418

Anyone with an eight track should study Emitt Rhodes work. Dig deep - he was doing better work in his parents Southern California tool shed than McCartney was on his sheep farm and at Abbey Road back '69.
by Michael_Joly
Wed Jun 16, 2010 10:48 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4596

As Ubertar noted a ribbon mic transformer will work. With a transformer this pickup has a much better signal to noise ratio than your typical ribbon mic. Because, think about it - the aluminum ribbon is responding to air velocity changes while the coil in a string return pickup is actually getting w...
by Michael_Joly
Wed Jun 16, 2010 6:22 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4596

There was a guy by the name of Lane Poor, a Stars alumnus, who started a bass pickup company in Rhode Island. He was a school yard buddy of Jack Casady of the Airplane. I believe Lane was doing some string return bass retrofits around '79 through the early '80's. Interesting side bar - its rather fa...
by Michael_Joly
Wed Jun 16, 2010 5:57 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4596

Sure. This idea predates Google by quite a few years and I've never seen it documented in print. I believe it originated in the early '70s with Ron Rickersham, the Grateful Dead's chief scientist and Alembic founder. It was passed from him to Stars Guitars founder Ron Armstrong. The idea and impleme...
by Michael_Joly
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4596

Man, does all that stuff bring back memories Jim - copper foil grounding strips in the PU and pot cavities painted over with graphite paint, humbucking pickup covers with the centers milled out, "brass mass" bridges, nuts, and stop tailpieces, "string return" acoustic guitar pickups (a single Alnico...
by Michael_Joly
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:12 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4596

Another cheap trick is to mod humbuckers - install a coil tap switch or "roll in" pot to go from humbucking to single coil. When I worked at Stars Guitars in SF in the late 70s we had a six-way rotary switch mod for humbuckers that involved re-wiring both PU coils so you could get: 1. Front 2. Rear ...
by Michael_Joly
Tue Jun 15, 2010 4:11 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Mod your cheap pickups
Replies: 29
Views: 4596

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by Michael_Joly
Tue Jun 08, 2010 5:03 pm
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Oktava MK-012 isssue
Replies: 13
Views: 3622

oh, no harshing heard!

Just wanted to explain my repair option and how its different than the mod.
by Michael_Joly
Fri Jun 04, 2010 11:46 am
Forum: Creative Recording
Topic: Oktava MK-012 isssue
Replies: 13
Views: 3622

I have one that just stopped working too. I think it's pretty common with these "legends" From the Oktavamod page... MK-012 Repair Option $69.00 To upgrade a non-working MK-012 you must purchase this Repair Option as well at the MK-012 PE upgrade. Non-working MK-012 mics require troubleshooting and...