shaggy

shaggy's mics
« on: August 24, 2014, 04:07:00 PM »
Hi guys. I thought you might be interested in seeing some of the mics I've been building...

They are working mics, for the most part. I built the bodies from scratch. Since most of my electronic parts and test gear is in temporary storage, I borrowed the PCBs and capsules from some respectable 'cheap-but-good' Chinese-built mics. (Edited to add: I plan to be in a new, better workshop by next year, building electronics again as well as mic bodies.)

Hope you like them 8>]

cheers
Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 28, 2014, 12:43:40 PM by shaggy »
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shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2014, 04:19:54 PM »
Another pic of my latest mic...

Stereo-coincident dual LDC with remote continuously-variable pattern switching, P-48 powered.



Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 24, 2014, 04:30:31 PM by shaggy »
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shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2014, 05:34:02 PM »
My 'C-414EB' -style body during construction...



Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 24, 2014, 11:13:41 PM by shaggy »
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shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #3 on: August 24, 2014, 05:39:40 PM »
Bare bones of the stereo-coincident LDC body...


Dave (shaggy)
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benqbasic

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #4 on: August 24, 2014, 05:45:37 PM »
Those bodies look amazing. Great work!

JessJackson

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #5 on: August 24, 2014, 06:08:08 PM »
amazing metal work bro.. are you in los angeles?

shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #6 on: August 24, 2014, 06:11:44 PM »
Thanks for the compliments guys.

Jess, I'm in the SF bay area.

cheers
Dave  (shaggy)
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dougch

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2014, 04:22:12 AM »
Great looking mic bodies. Oh to have your skills!

bancho

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2014, 08:06:46 AM »
How did you shape the metal mesh to that percision? I see you have some kind of wooden template but could you describe it to more detail?
Thanks!

gyraf

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2014, 08:49:17 AM »
Damn, those are beautiful mikes indeed!

You're a day-time professional in metal work?

Would be interesting with more details about processes and methods.

Jakob E.
..note to self: don't let Harman run your company..


shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #10 on: August 25, 2014, 01:20:57 PM »
Hi guys. Thanks for your compliments.

Doug, Jakob, I was always a 'mechanical' type, and am very fortunate to have a top notch DIY dad, who started me off at a very young age (and yes, I also do this sort of work for a living.)

bancho, the wood blocks are patterns, for reference in checking parts for uniformity of size, angle, fit, etc. For forming or bending ythe stainless steel mesh and brass sheet I use hardwood and metal formers, and simple bending fixtures. The idea is that each operation is repeatable and produces parts that are the same size.

Jakob, If you like, I'd be happy to post pics of various processes, operations and ideas I use.

cheers
Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: September 25, 2014, 02:11:10 AM by shaggy »
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mgronroos

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #11 on: August 25, 2014, 06:25:53 PM »
Honestly man, with this kind of build quality and finish, you outperform many of the commercially available mics on the market..

Maybe you could consider making a body, for instance made around one of Poctop's PCBs, that could be produced in small quantities and made available in the white market?
High quality bodies are hard to find. Thanks to Chunger, Riggler, ioaudio and the guys we are now starting to get a few options, but I am sure we could use some more!  8)

My deepest respect for your metalwork, very well done Shaggy!

Best,
Michael
If you can't sample it, it doesn't exist.

shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #12 on: August 25, 2014, 08:20:01 PM »
Thanks for the kind words, Michael. Actually they're still prototypes, so you could expect some improvement in materials and finish with any production effort.

I'm definitely open to the idea of building unique one or two-offs to someone's specs, or designing and producing small quantities around available PCBs. Nothing's impossible. PM me 8>]

Dave (shaggy)




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benqbasic

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #13 on: August 26, 2014, 12:53:19 AM »
Don't tempt me.  :D Although i would love a pair of those bodies.
It would be great to see your process for building these bodies.
Metal work is something i struggle to make look professional but I love seeing talent others have in it.

shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2014, 01:54:08 AM »
Thanks. I guess you mean the 'square' AKG style? I can post some more soon, if you'd like.


Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 26, 2014, 02:14:25 AM by shaggy »
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benqbasic

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #15 on: August 26, 2014, 04:51:18 AM »
Thanks. I guess you mean the 'square' AKG style? I can post some more soon, if you'd like.


Dave (shaggy)

Yea some more pictures of the the AKG style ones would be great. You don't see many non-tube style DIY microphone bodies around.

shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #16 on: August 26, 2014, 01:18:36 PM »
OK, here's a few more pics:

Finished body, grilles off showing grille support frame...

Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 26, 2014, 01:48:42 PM by shaggy »
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shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #17 on: August 26, 2014, 01:25:38 PM »
Parts are cut from flat brass .050" thick...

Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: September 25, 2014, 02:13:40 AM by shaggy »
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shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #18 on: August 26, 2014, 01:33:09 PM »
Parts are clamped, silver soldered, then shaped and smoothed on a belt sander...

Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 26, 2014, 01:49:47 PM by shaggy »
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shaggy

Re: shaggy's mics
« Reply #19 on: August 26, 2014, 01:41:58 PM »
Internal frame and PCB mount assembled and silver soldered...

(The grille sections are cut from flat stainless steel wire cloth, then clamped between metal templates and bent to shape in a jig. Another angled template acts as a cutting guide for trimming grille halves to finished size.)

Dave (shaggy)
« Last Edit: August 26, 2014, 02:01:24 PM by shaggy »
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