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Discussion in 'Microphones, Speakers & Audio Processing' started by AD5MD, Aug 17, 2021.

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  1. W2WDX

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    One other thing, if I was to use a boom it would be the K&M 23860. From my personal experience in the music biz, K&M stands are the best quality and always function reliably. The boom I mention the cable is self contained inside the tubing, uses high quality Neutrik XLR's and Belden cable; and it doesn't droop with heavy microphones.
  2. W9AC

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    Good choice. I use two of the same O.C. White ProBooms; one for the main shack on a 12-inch riser and another with a C-clamp mount when I go portable with a remote kit. The ProBoom allows a change of springs to accommodate heavy or light mics. I rotate through mics as light as an EV 676 and moderately heavy as a Shure SM 7B. Even an RCA 44BX is no problem.

    Paul, W9AC
  3. KE0EYJ

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    TLM103... talk about overkill for ham!

    But in any case, you've got a mic that was $700 not so many years ago, but goes double for that now. In a world full of mics that lose their value, the Neuman mics just keep going up.

    BTW, here in Korea, I want to buy a TLM103 for paid voice work, but the price is even higher... what's worse, you cannot trust buying them used without a fair demo, because the Chinese have gone insane making fakes that are identical on the outside (with weight added to give the appearance of heft). On one hand, I want a TLM103, but on the other, I'm not going to pay bloated Korean store prices for them -- nor am I going to chance buying used from someone I don't completely trust. The fakes have had the effect of RAISING the price of Neuman mics.

    For now, I'm just sticking with lesser mics and recording on the U87 in the studio I'm listed as talent with.

    One of the more expensive fakes sold near me:{"sku_id":"12000022806651948"}
  4. W9GB

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  5. WA3VJB

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    I regret to read how judgmental you are about someone's choice of microphone. I presume you trivialize the expense, and yet, I wonder if you are consistent in questioning how much money one can spend on a transceiver, an amplifier, a home antenna farm, or any one of the many aspects of the hobby that we pursue.

    In reality, the TLM103 and other microphones of that quality can make a difference in the sound of licensed radio hobbyist using voice communications. The same cannot be said for the cost/benefit ratio of certain expensive transceivers, as to whether they are "overkill" in the context I take it you're trying to express.

    By your logic, everyone should be off the air entirely, since none of our communications are essential to the point of warranting any expenditure at all.
  6. KE0EYJ

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    Wow, somebody got his panties in a wad.

    Yes, a TLM103 is overkill for the miniscule bandwidth we're talking about. Even on anything widebanded, AM, or FM, in my opinion. But believe what you want. My point was that even if he spent a ton on that tiny bandwidth, he came out ahead as the mic appreciated in value compared to most other mics.

    You're the judgmental one -- telling me what my "logic" is.

    I don't care if someone wants to pretend they are Paul Harvey, or whomever. It's all part of the radio fantasy. It's all in good fun. If that's what he wants to spend money on, what do I care? As long as he's having fun?

    I worked in broadcast for about 10 years and have no interest in pretending. Currently voicing content at studios using Neumann U87's, and getting paid to do it. So what? I go home and use a Yaesu MH31B hand mic to work SSB DX around the world -- then again, I'm not interested in "looking" like I'm on the radio. If I was, I'd probably get a better mic.

    I don't mind that he enjoys the mic. My point was that its value has appreciated. Not sure if you read that before you broke into your judgement, chief.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021
  7. WA3VJB

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    "Overkill" is a judgment that I nailed you on, quite well.
  8. KE0EYJ

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    And I agreed with that aspect.

    It is indeed overkill. The problem is you seem completely butthurt by that. You cannot handle that I disagree with your opinion that $1,200 microphone makes that much of a difference in sound, given the bandwidth we cover.

    But as I said, if someone wants to play radio and pretend to be Paul Harvey or Harlan Hogan, then what's wrong with the choice? It's a blast to take part in the fantasy. I love it.

    I enjoy grabbing a hand mic, just for the simplicity and clarity of communication. So?

    You got so upset, you completely ignored my comment that his mic choice made him money.
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2021
  9. AD5MD

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    I have already made my choice and bought what I can afford and want. I guess by now the thread should be a closed one (I appreciate all those who chimed one way or the other). The question was about a mic boom, not a microphone. I did mention what I am using for weight purposes. If anyone would like to discuss further about microphones, maybe someone can start it. Have a good day everyone.
  10. AD5MD

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    I should have said "maybe someone can start it on another thread"...thanks

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