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Coop

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I will chime in here as I am building a C12 too right now. Still looking for a nice capsule. Originally wanted to use a CT12 but I heard Tim is quite busy...
 

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I hit up Eric Heiserman on instragram and ordered a HK12 through them. It said "Sold Out" on their website so I hit them up and ordered directly. They said about 3 weeks lead time.
 

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Oh, good to hear. So the HK12 is back on my list :D Really difficult to find the right caspsule. They are all really good.
 

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That's true. And I think it is a really personal choice which one sounds "the best". Even two original CK12 capsules will probably sound different when compared. And who knows if they still sound the same as they did back in the 50s
 

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Can you tell us about the fit and finish of that NOS mic? It looks like a typical Alctron HT-11a but their photos don't show very much despite being fancier than most.

Here is the link to the mic below.

It seems totally decent. I was actually surprised by the quality of the sound of the stock mic. Excited for the upgrades.

Sound clip here. Pre>slight compression>converter.

  • Case seems decent quality, will easily serve as protection and storage of a high end mic.
  • Build quality seems similar to other mics of this price point.
  • The 7 pin connectors are garbage and the pins bend easily.
  • The 7 pin cable is decent but cheap.
  • The shockmount is the squeeze tension type and I hate it. Would certainly replace this.
  • The soldering and components of the mic and the power supply dont seem particularly high quality. These solder joins would clearly NOT be going to space.
  • The mic body only slides on one way but the logo badge is on the back side of the mic when in cardioid. Which was surprising.
  • Capsule looks ok, dont know much about how to evaluate it from the look of it.
  • Didnt take the transformer out.
Photos:
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Here is the link to the mic below.

It seems totally decent. I was actually surprised by the quality of the sound of the stock mic. Excited for the upgrades.

Sound clip here. Pre>slight compression>converter.

  • Case seems decent quality, will easily serve as protection and storage of a high end mic.
  • Build quality seems similar to other mics of this price point.
  • The 7 pin connectors are garbage and the pins bend easily.
  • The 7 pin cable is decent but cheap.
  • The shockmount is the squeeze tension type and I hate it. Would certainly replace this.
  • The soldering and components of the mic and the power supply dont seem particularly high quality. These solder joins would clearly NOT be going to space.
  • The mic body only slides on one way but the logo badge is on the back side of the mic when in cardioid. Which was surprising.
  • Capsule looks ok, dont know much about how to evaluate it from the look of it.
  • Didnt take the transformer out.
Photos:
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Awesome - thanks for the details and photos. Very consistent with the "Bad Aax" branded one that I have, including poor soldering. :censored: (The NOS one has a better headbasket.)
 

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