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Looks Like An AKG D12 or Sennheiser!

Post by Derrick » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:30 am

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Has anyone got input on a REALISTIC CARDIO 33-989 microphone from about 1970? I know Realistic stuf was made for them by others or sometimes rebranded from name brand... I was curious becuase it looks like an old AkG D12 or a Sennheiser. Anyone ever used one or heard anything decent about them?

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Post by tonewoods » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:58 am

I've seen that mic re-badged "Norelco" (with a gold grill), and another brand that I can't recall right at the moment...

So-ooo, they did farm them out to other companies...

"Realistic" seems odd, though, especially in the 70's...

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Post by Derrick » Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:23 pm

Yes, the one I'm looking at has gold grills. I'm trying to figure out if it is worth the haul to drive out and get it... anyone know?
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Post by tonewoods » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:31 pm

Well, I had both the re-badged mics and a real D12, and the re-badged mics were definitely D12s, IMHO...

So-ooo, I'd go grab it if the price is right....

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Post by ubertar » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:37 pm

I've got one of the rebadged D12s-- echolette or Norelco, I forget which. It's a real D12. I also have the Realistic thing. It is not. Mine has a weird connector, and I haven't gotten around to actually using it, but it weighs a lot less than the D12. It's not a D12, it just looks like one. I got mine for 20 or 25 bucks or so... I doubt it's worth any more than that. If you pass on this one, there's nothing to regret. It might sound cool-- I don't know. But it's not going to sound like a D12, because the guts are going to be entirely different.
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Post by Derrick » Fri Nov 13, 2009 2:47 pm

ubertar wrote:I also have the Realistic thing. ...It's not a D12, it just looks like one.
That's what I was afraid of and Oaktreeent.com says it has a tinny crystal element sound to it. Thanks!
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Post by E.Bennett » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:38 am

we have a "working" one. if you want a distorted and ringy sound, then grab it.

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Post by Derrick » Sat Nov 14, 2009 9:56 am

Got'ya :wink:
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Post by rjd2 » Sun Nov 15, 2009 3:43 pm

i am big on 70's realistic mics and that one blows.

however, it is my main kick drum mic on one of my kits, only cause i have found a placement, tuning, and drastic EQ that makes itwork for me.

but its not a "good" mic.

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Post by percussion boy » Sun Nov 15, 2009 4:55 pm

If you get a d12 or d12e, make real sure it works. They haven't been made in years, getting one fixed now might be problematic . . .

btw, I have one and the low end is nice . . . but wasn't designed as a kick mic, so doesn't have the "built in eq" sound of some newer kick mics. You may end up using a second mic with it depending on the sound you want.
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Post by jgimbel » Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:51 pm

Got home last night from seeing the movie Pirate Radio, and this is exactly what the mics they used "on air" looked like, but they were on booms. I don't know a thing about these mics, I wonder if they have radio history or if that's a different but similar looking mic.

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