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Apr 28 17 1:59 PM

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Gets me a little down to ask this, in that, I can't believe it's been almost three years without Oliver already...(sigh). Is there anyone/anywhere to have one of these serviced?
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silvertone

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Apr 29 17 7:01 AM

Wow, that is tragic.

I have two extra CS1 tubes should you need one. Oliver had sent me a couple when we were trying to suss out a problem that I was having.

Turned out to be the head basket (which I have the original still), two little pices of wire in the head basket never got soldered. I kept hearing a slight distortion when anyone would sing into the mic. Sent the whole thing back to Oliver 3 times, he could not hear it. Finally on the third time he has his wife listen, she couldn't hear it either... until Oliver went to take the mic off the stand. Then she heard it. If you take the head basket and shake it, it sounds like a little maraca.

I have an old Quad Eight transformer that sounds the same way. Don't know why I save these little broken items but I do. When it's a unique thing, it piques my interest and I tend to hold onto them. Weird.

Anyway hopefully Terry can get you hooked up. Good luck.

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maarvold

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Apr 29 17 10:07 AM

silvertone wrote:
Wow, that is tragic.

I have two extra CS1 tubes should you need one. Oliver had sent me a couple when we were trying to suss out a problem that I was having.

Turned out to be the head basket (which I have the original still), two little pices of wire in the head basket never got soldered. I kept hearing a slight distortion when anyone would sing into the mic. Sent the whole thing back to Oliver 3 times, he could not hear it. Finally on the third time he has his wife listen, she couldn't hear it either... until Oliver went to take the mic off the stand. Then she heard it. If you take the head basket and shake it, it sounds like a little maraca...

It's funny/ironic but I just went through a situation with several parallels.  My 250-ish mic started weird clipping behavior.  I was doing a SAG (union) date with a hard time cutoff and a revolving door of soloists.  A particularly powerful female singer was hitting notes that were initially clean but, as she sustained and vibrato'ed the notes would start to clip and scoop down in level (visually obvious in the waveform).  Thank God for iZotope RX DeClip because I was able to save it with some creative surgery.  Anyway, what seems like the problem turned out to be was that the screw that attaches the capsule mounting post to the basket's deck plate had worked its way loose and--not unlike a maraca--when I gently shook the mic back and forth I could feel the capsule assembly flopping around in there.  Since I needed to use the mic again a day or two later, I did the surgery required to securely reattach the mounting post: not for the faint-hearted or fumble-fingered person.  And having been cautioned that the super high impedance parts of the mic's circuit in the capsule area are very sensitive to contamination, I throughly washed my hands, then washed them again twice with isopropyl alcohol.  To be safe, I auditioned around 5 NOS tubes I had been collecting over the years (GE ***** 6072's, NOT AC701's!) and replaced the tube as well.  This reminded me again that each of these tubes has its own sonic personality and I kept basic notes about the sonic personalities for future reference.  Anyway, the mic may now sound better than it ever has, or at least better than it has in a while--I did vocals all day again the other day and loved it.  

I posted all this in case it might help someone else sort out a problem.  Now 'back to your regularly-scheduled broadcast'.  rader ranch, good luck with your CS-1.  

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christopher wilson.lucasmicrophone

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Apr 30 17 8:33 PM

Oh those photos are heartbreaking. I hope your microphone can be given a second chance at life. For some reason I've been under the impression David Bock's company was willing to take CS service issues, but don't remember who told me that.

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jeffroberts

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May 1 17 2:31 PM

Those photos are gut-wrenching to me.

Sickening.

However, there is no doubt in my mind that the body and swivel  made by Latch Lake can be fully restored to look and perform as new.

Please let me know if we can help

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silvertone

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May 5 17 5:03 AM

waltzmastering wrote:

silvertone wrote:

I have two extra CS1 tubes should you need one.


 

 

Yes, this is true.  Just sitting with all my other NOS tubes... 

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rader ranch

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May 8 17 11:39 AM

Thanks for the kind thoughts everyone. Helluvit is, it still works. Weird how things can react, in that no cable or plastic was melted, but the mic body and other metal parts (including the capsule unfortunately) are more effected. I don't think I"ll need any tubes (thanks much Larry) as I still have the extra that came with these and it seems intact, but I'll definitely be talking to Mr. Roberts to coordinate that part of the (hopeful) restoration...thanks so much for the offer Jeff, that's great to hear! Really hope I can get this back to 100%, it's a special and unique mic, we'll see...thanks again.

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waltzingbear

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May 16 17 12:09 PM

the other common one is fire FETs, because the characteristic curves are similar (ie voltage devices vs current devices)

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Alan

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