No, you’re spot-on with them. Same sort of experience here; along with so many other people. Like anyone needs more of a bunch of random junk!I continue to ply eBay.com - which I consider light years ahead of Ali-Express concerning service, reliability, and ease of documentation. I have never lost a case or failed to prove a misguided shipment, either timely receiving the goods or a full refund with reasonable effort.
In contrast, I recently I placed an order with A Chinese mail order outfit called www.WGTCenter.com which was a very disappointing experience. First, I waited several weeks before receiving any sort of tracking information. Second, the package took forever to circumnavigate the globe, eventually making its way to Illinois, then Indiana, then Ohio, and finally Michigan, a fairly circuitous route. Third, I received less than 20% of what I ordered. I ordered and expected a few small goodies and a $30 condenser microphone shell - and received several unwanted optical audio cables, two lovely Takstar shock mounts, a pair of microphone zipper bags (replete with holes already worn in their sides), and a number of other silly items I did not expect. Multiple email inquires have gone unanswered. Therefore, I cannot exactly recommend www.WGTCenter.com as a reliable source for mic parts.
Just MY take. Perhaps your mileage may differ. James
Like anyone needs more of a bunch of random junk!
Very odd. My AliExpress packages always update with a USPS tracking number once they hit stateside. Not sure how it works in Canada.Actually the story has a happy ending, but it is a cautionary tale about purchasing from aliexpress. I eventually received it - like a few days ago. The last week in April, yet the tracking showed "delivered and signed for" April 4. First off, packages from Aliexpress are generally left in my (community) mailbox. No one signs for them and porch pirates are not an issue as the mailboxes are key-accessible. The problem was I was being asked to review a product that hadn't even been delivered so naturally I assumed it got lost. The tracking number aliexpress provides does not translate into anything that Canada Post recognizes so for them to claim it is delivered and "signed for" is blatantly untrue.
Now to contrast that with the package from UTM Industries in Poland, the rest of the U47FETLB project, Igor ships Federal Express and I was notified almost daily with the package's whereabouts culminating in a photograph of it sitting on my doorstep upon delivery! I actually forwarded that photo to the aliexpress seller and told them THIS is the way to ship internationally.
Bottom line I finally got my purchase after much anxiety and the lesson is learned. I no longer purchase anything from aliexpress. Even if I end up purchasing from the same sellers on ebay, at least I'm not patronizing aliexpress which makes a mockery of customer service.
I also do not use paypal anymore. I was going to try to contact a human, or even sub-human on the phone, but after perusing their forum and reading all the other stories about paypal not honoring non-delivery claims, I figured it wasn't worth it and was about to take up my fight with the bank that issued my credit card, when lo and behold, the package arrived almost a month after it was "signed for".
I agree, even the aluminum ones are not really suitable for everyday studio use.I am not impressed by the quality of those low cost shockmounts.
Usually weak elastic bands and often a plastic(!) 5/8" to 3/8" stand adapter.
I'll just point to one important thing that affects the response significantly. I'm not sure what the original c12 headbasket looks like on the inside, but it seems to me it doesn't have this 90° wall i mention in this post. I'm battling this issue in almost every mic i make/mod. It makes me crazy. Such a small overlooked detail but very important.
Awesome in that case, the one i had wasn't. Not sure if the ridge is the right term, like here you see how the ring of the headbasket goes above the platform to which the capsule holder is screwed to, making a 90° wall.
@RuudNL : Were the innards of your mic also bent like this? I almost can't get the shell down or back, it's quite annoying. Even if you bend the frame to shape, it doesn't fit very well.
That's my biggest concern. I doubt if you can fit a 34 mm capsule inside without getting into trouble.Has anybody managed to mount a 34mm capsule in these?