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Uh oh... My wonderful old mic seems to have turned to dust! Is it reparable?

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HI all,

 

I have an Audiotechnica AT825 stereo condenser microphone. Bought it new circa 1990. It's been many places with me and served me well. Really good for getting a nice stereo recording of folks jamming in a room. But when I pulled it out to use it last night in my band room, it rattled conspicuously and a goodly amount of very dark gray powder shook out through the sound holes in the cover. It's never done that before. I was afraid to plug it in and see if it even worked for fear that might damage it in its current state. I think some rubber windscreen or shockmount or membrane or (whatever- I really don't know what's inside there) has gotten old and turned to dust at last.

 

But I thought I'd ask you all: has this kind of thing happened to you before? Is it likely that this can be repaired for a price I would care to pay? What happened in there? These mics seem to list for about $350 used on ebay these days.

 

I just printed out the repair form from Audiotechnica and am prepared to send it to them for service and repair. It will cost me $30 to get a quote on repair (price waived if I buy it). If I thought this were a hopelessly expensive problem maybe I'd just start saving for a new mic.

 

Any advice or experience you might share?

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The E/V RE20 is notorious for having a similar issue. There's a foam screen surrounding the mic capsule inside the mesh grille. Over time, the foam breaks down and turns into a slightly sticky powdery mess. I suspect your AT825 has a similar problem based on your description.

 

It might be something you can repair yourself, but I wouldn't bother - chances are that at least some of that gunk has reached the mic capsules and has contaminated them. IMO, you'll be better off sending it back to A/T and letting them service the mic. I have no idea what they'll charge, but I suspect it will probably be less than buying a new mic.

 

Once you get a quote and a description of what the issue is, I'd appreciate it if you would let us know - it might help someone else later. :)

 

Good luck - I hope it doesn't cost you too much.

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Hey now! Audio-Technica replaced a part called the "unit holder", cleaned up my mic, and sent it back to me in about two weeks. The bill was $5.90 for the part, $40.00 for a half hour labor, and $19.68 shipping = $65.76

 

I used my mic to record a band practice last night and it all sounded very good. I'm a happy guy.

 

Rock on!

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That rocks! philthumb Both because it's good news for you, and because I love hearing stories about great customer service. Thanks for coming back and letting us know how it turned out - it may benefit someone else down the line, and I really appreciate you doing that!

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The E/V RE20 is notorious for having a similar issue. There's a foam screen surrounding the mic capsule inside the mesh grille. Over time, the foam breaks down and turns into a slightly sticky powdery mess.

 

 

I just bought an EV RE 20 with this problem from a guy for $100. It took me 3 minutes and a $3 foam mic windscreen to fix.

 

 

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I just bought an EV RE 20 with this problem from a guy for $100. It took me 3 minutes and a $3 foam mic windscreen to fix.

 

 

You must have had the tiny allen wrench that is needed to open it up already on-hand. :) You were also very lucky that the foam hadn't degraded to the point where it damaged the diaphragm...

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On 5/9/2014 at 8:35 AM, surferbeto said:

Hey now! Audio-Technica replaced a part called the "unit holder", cleaned up my mic, and sent it back to me in about two weeks. The bill was $5.90 for the part, $40.00 for a half hour labor, and $19.68 shipping = $65.76

 

I used my mic to record a band practice last night and it all sounded very good. I'm a happy guy.

 

Rock on!

 

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