Beyer Mic repair

Recording Techniques, People Skills, Gear, Recording Spaces, Computers, and DIY

Moderators: drumsound, tomb

Burnt Ernie
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 195
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:38 pm
Location: minneapolis

Beyer Mic repair

Post by Burnt Ernie » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:34 am

Hola! Any advice on parts/repair for an 80's Beyer M88 (pre-tg)? Digging around online getting me nowhere. Thanks!
I am the Walnut

User avatar
Nick Sevilla
speech impediment
Posts: 4825
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:34 pm
Location: Los Angeles California USA
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by Nick Sevilla » Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:54 am

Is this a ribbon mic?

I would call these guys, if they can't do it, they'll know someone who can:

https://www.aearibbonmics.com/vintage-m ... s-repairs/
Realizing vibratory excursions from a paper widget.

Matt C.
suffering 'studio suck'
Posts: 434
Joined: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:43 am
Location: saint paul, mn

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by Matt C. » Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:51 am

I have no idea about DIY repair, but I had a dead M88 that I got fixed by this place:
http://unitedsoundservicesllc.com/

It cost about $180, I forget exactly what the deal was but probably just replacing the whole diaphragm.

Burnt Ernie
takin' a dinner break
Posts: 195
Joined: Fri Jan 01, 2010 2:38 pm
Location: minneapolis

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by Burnt Ernie » Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:38 pm

Wow,thanks! Ill check them out. Its not a ribbon,but it's pretty much my fave dynamic. I dont think Ive ever had or used a Beyer that wasnt awesome.
I later bought one of the silver classic reissues,and I recall Beyer not wanting m88s used on bass drum,which is sad,cause its my fave kick mic.
I am the Walnut

User avatar
Nick Sevilla
speech impediment
Posts: 4825
Joined: Mon Mar 03, 2008 1:34 pm
Location: Los Angeles California USA
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by Nick Sevilla » Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:23 pm

Realizing vibratory excursions from a paper widget.

Matt C.
suffering 'studio suck'
Posts: 434
Joined: Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:43 am
Location: saint paul, mn

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by Matt C. » Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:44 pm

Burnt Ernie wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:38 pm
I recall Beyer not wanting m88s used on bass drum,which is sad,cause its my fave kick mic.
FWIW I asked about this when I got mine repaired because it died while being used on kick drum. The guys at United Sound Services said using it on kick drum should not be a problem, BUT mine is the newer TG version, I'm not sure if it's significantly more durable than the original.

drumsound
zen recordist
Posts: 6690
Joined: Tue Jun 01, 2004 10:30 pm
Location: Bloomington IL
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by drumsound » Sun Mar 11, 2018 5:30 pm

Matt C. wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 5:44 pm
Burnt Ernie wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 12:38 pm
I recall Beyer not wanting m88s used on bass drum,which is sad,cause its my fave kick mic.
FWIW I asked about this when I got mine repaired because it died while being used on kick drum. The guys at United Sound Services said using it on kick drum should not be a problem, BUT mine is the newer TG version, I'm not sure if it's significantly more durable than the original.
I believe a big part of the TG version is that the grill is beefier and can handle higher SPL.

I haven't made a full band type record without M88s somewhere in a long while.

User avatar
roscoenyc
george martin
Posts: 1360
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm
Location: NYC
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by roscoenyc » Tue Mar 13, 2018 8:02 am

Nick Sevilla wrote:
Sat Mar 10, 2018 2:23 pm
https://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/ ... rt/repairs

Maybe this then...
We tried to get a Beyer M-500 repaired by Beyer and despite sending it back 2 times it never came back the way we remembered it.

User avatar
ShinyBox
steve albini likes it
Posts: 385
Joined: Sun Oct 26, 2003 7:50 pm
Location: Seattle, WA

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by ShinyBox » Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:15 am

For the Beyer ribbon mics, they still service the M160 and M130, and the newer ribbon mics(RM510?, TG V90r), but no longer service the M260 and M500 ( I reribbon a lot of M260 and M500 at https://repair.ulrigg.com).

For the microphones they do repair, they swap the internal motor/assembly, rather than install a new ribbon.

Sorry, that's totally unrelated to the M88, but should answer any ribbon ??'s

Regards

Jon

User avatar
roscoenyc
george martin
Posts: 1360
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm
Location: NYC
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by roscoenyc » Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:30 pm

thanks for the info!

User avatar
vvv
zen recordist
Posts: 8640
Joined: Tue May 13, 2003 8:08 am
Location: Chi
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by vvv » Wed Mar 14, 2018 3:55 pm

Too bad about your troubles with the M500, roscoenyc. Following a post by you I bought one a few years ago, and love it.

I especially like using it for vocals when the HVAC in my bedio is likely to turn on. It sounds excellent, almost like a slightly dark condensor, and doesn't pick up ambient noise from the forced air system I have here.

I like it so much for that purpose, I have never used it on an amp, which I believe you also liked it for ...

Cool design, also, when you take the windscreen off (I hadda see it), and I believe it's a cardioid.
bandcamp; vlayman;
THD; Geronimo Cowboys;
blog.
I mix with olive juice.

User avatar
roscoenyc
george martin
Posts: 1360
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm
Location: NYC
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by roscoenyc » Thu Mar 15, 2018 7:41 am

Yeah I love the M500 for vocals.

Around the time ours started acting up I discovered those Telefunken USA M-80 hypercard dynamics.
Those have taken over where the M500 used to be for us. Really one of the great microphones.
We use it on vocals, snare and acoustic guitar too when we are doing the Vocal and acoustic at the same time.

User avatar
vvv
zen recordist
Posts: 8640
Joined: Tue May 13, 2003 8:08 am
Location: Chi
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by vvv » Thu Mar 15, 2018 2:52 pm

Damn you!

Now I must spend mo' $ ...

:twisted:

Actually, I recall you posting re those, also, and they are on my list.

Still trying to get a SE Z5600a for cheap, first.

On this topic, I can reco the older, black-resin (fiberglass?) Senn MD handhelds. Some are better than others, but damn are they cool.
bandcamp; vlayman;
THD; Geronimo Cowboys;
blog.
I mix with olive juice.

User avatar
roscoenyc
george martin
Posts: 1360
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm
Location: NYC
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by roscoenyc » Sun Mar 18, 2018 7:52 am

ShinyBox wrote:
Tue Mar 13, 2018 9:15 am
For the Beyer ribbon mics, they still service the M160 and M130, and the newer ribbon mics(RM510?, TG V90r), but no longer service the M260 and M500 ( I reribbon a lot of M260 and M500 at https://repair.ulrigg.com).

For the microphones they do repair, they swap the internal motor/assembly, rather than install a new ribbon.

Sorry, that's totally unrelated to the M88, but should answer any ribbon ??'s

Regards

Jon
Thanks again. My partner Tim Hatfield sent our M500 your way yesterday!

User avatar
roscoenyc
george martin
Posts: 1360
Joined: Sun Jun 03, 2007 5:56 pm
Location: NYC
Contact:

Re: Beyer Mic repair

Post by roscoenyc » Tue Mar 27, 2018 3:44 pm

We got our M500 back. I'm on vacation but my partner Tim, who sent it in, said it sounds great.
Thanks so much Shinybox!

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 13 guests