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Bill @ UGA
Sennheiser MKH 815T
on May 26, 2006 at 3:30:45 pm

Hello,

I just "inherited" probably a 30 year old Sennheiser MKH 815 T mic. It was found in the back of a storage closet here at work. I know the guy who bought it and he's been retired for over 20 years. Is this monster a hypercardioid or a basic shotgun mic? I am very familiar with the Sennheiser MKH 416. How does the 815 compare to the 416 in how it's used and performance?

Thank you...

Bill


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Stephen Muir
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on May 26, 2006 at 4:13:13 pm

The `815 and the `816 are rather like the `415 and `416, but with much longer interference tubes. The longer tube will give you even more side rejection, especially in the lower frequencies. Just be careful where you aim it, because the off-axis response is very thin. In other words, you're going to have to be right on-target for dialogue. The longer shotguns are also much more prone to sibilance.

Although I haven't used the `815, the `816 pairs very well with a `416 and is very handy for those wide shots in noisey exteriors. I've also had great success using an `816 to mic "man on the street" style interviews from just below the frame-line.

You may want to look at a heavier boom pole for this mic, though, since it tends to bend and flex the carbon-fibre poles quite a bit. The mic's a monster, and not much fun on a 16' boom. Still, it can get you through a number of shooting situations that would otherwise require wireless mics.





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cea303cea
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on May 30, 2006 at 5:05:45 pm

I have also just aquired an old sennheiser 815 t mic. I need to know where i can obtain a chord that fits that small 3 pin design. I know the "T" indicated that i will need phantom power. If anyone knows where to get one of those chords, it would be greatly appreciated.

cea



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cowcow
Chaos Wrangler
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on May 30, 2006 at 7:33:24 pm

Contact the guys at Trew Audio
https://www.trewaudio.com
They have the answers
Drew

Chaos is the beginning of everything.


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davids101
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Jun 7, 2006 at 8:41:09 pm

Hi

Would you have any suggestions as far as locating a new or used storage case for an MKH 815 T? Any suggestions are appreciated.

Thanks-David


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cowcowcowcow
Stephen Muir
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Jun 8, 2006 at 2:43:54 am

If you just want a hard-sided protective case for the mic itself, you can make a simple case out of ABS pipe. Line a length of pipe with foam pipe insulation, cement a cap to one end and a screw-plug to the other. Pad the cap and screw plug with additional foarm and you have yourself a compact water-proof mic tube. Cheap, and pretty durable. It won't take the abuse of a pelican case, but it's light and convenient.

If you're storing it in a full Rycote basket (which I would reccomend), then you'll need something bigger. Unfortunately, the smallest suitable pelican case is truly a monster, and expensive to boot. If you don't need something vacuum-resistant and bear-proof, get yourself a nice heavy-duty tool-box and pad it with foam. I've had mine in a big old steel tool box for a few years now, and have been quite satisfied. Such a case is certainly not waterproof, so keep it out of the damp.

You could also have a custom road-case made by any of a number of companies that specialise in equipment cases for live music performance and recording gear. Although these are potentially very expensive, you can have one built to your exact specifications, holding not just your `815 but all your other various and sundry mics.



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davids101
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Jun 8, 2006 at 7:54:53 pm

Thanks Steven,

Actually I was hoping to replace the original small felt-lined case that comes with the mic. I want to sell the mic and the original case is a bit worn (one of the hinges on the back of the case is torn out)I'm sure I could never locate an original case but would settle for any generic mic case of same dimensions: 23 1/2 inches X
4 inches X 1 1/2 inches tall. Do you know anyone who might sell a simple felt-lined case such as this?

Thanks again for your follow-up-mucho appreciated!

Best regards & cheers,

David


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Stephen Muir
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Jun 9, 2006 at 1:53:20 pm

You'll probably have to go the custom route for that, or else just repair the existing case.

I doubt you'll be able to easily find a generic mic case that'll fit an `815, because its so far from a generic mic. Maybe you could pull the lining out of a musical instrument case and cut in some foam.



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suresh sharma
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Aug 12, 2008 at 12:12:58 am

If U want to sell yourMKH 815/OR 816 SENNHEISER let me know your price as it is,but should be in working order.
Suresh Sharma



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Ed Ball
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Sep 8, 2008 at 3:11:44 pm

Ours is for sale. Comes with a zepplin and power supply. Make me an offer, thnaks.

Ed Ball
Director of Produciton
WBRZ-TV
1650 Highland Road
BR, LA 70802
(225) 336-2302



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suresh sharma
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Sep 11, 2008 at 3:22:37 pm

Hi Ed,
Pl let me know how old the mike is and whether it is in perfect order.
Also give me an idea of what U R xpktng.
Suresh



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Ed Ball
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Sep 11, 2008 at 5:09:12 pm

it is in perfect working order, minus a carring case. we have never used it here at WBRZ, i purchased it from TAI un Orlando.



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suresh sharma
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Sep 12, 2008 at 1:53:34 pm

Hi Ed!
How many years old and how much U xpekt so we can strike deal quickly.
SK



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Ed Ball
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Sep 12, 2008 at 2:01:42 pm

Looks/sounds brand new. maybe 10 years old or so. Make me an offer
USD.



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Don Larking
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Mar 8, 2011 at 1:19:28 pm

We have just received for sale 2 MKH815T shotgun mics with 6 pin tuchel connectors and 7 MKH805 shotgun mics (5 boxed)with 3 pin Tuchel connectors. Does anybody know the voltage requirements of these microphones and the pin outs for the 6 pin Tuchel.

Thanks in anticipation.
Don Larking, Larkings List


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cow
Stephen Muir
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on May 30, 2006 at 9:18:37 pm

Whoa, there! That "t" does not mean "phantom power needed," it means "T power needed." T-powering and phantom powering are two different methods of powering a condensor mic, and are not directly compatable. If your mixer doesn't provide T-power, you'll either need a batter-powered T-power supply (http://www.professionalsound.com/Catalog/mp12t.htm) or a P48-to-T12 transformer (http://www.professionalsound.com/Catalog/adap.htm).

Better yet, contact a pro-audio dealer who has experience with T12 and AB powered mics. They'll also be able to hook you up with the jumper cable you need. T12 powering is rarely encountered outside of film production sound, and even then there are many younger production sound mixer's who've never encountered it.



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steve sherrick
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Jul 1, 2006 at 4:16:47 am

Wow, when it rains it pours. Just bought one of these for some specific sound effects recording. Also, this mic has been known to do well with certain types of voices in a VO situation. I figured I'd be the only one with this ancient relic. And, Stephen has wisely informed you about the T Power requirement. I have a box that does it, but I'm probably going to replace it with the adapter.

Long live the 815...

Steve


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karito
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Aug 23, 2006 at 1:56:51 am

hi it could seems to funny but today i found one of this in my work place too
and iwas looking for the specifications and polar patron and i found this forum (i`m too lucky), my colegues said the mic is not working but i belive they don


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Robert Warnack
Re: Sennheiser MKH 815T
on Dec 13, 2011 at 2:19:31 am

Just wanted to clarify that "T" power is different from "Phantom". The voltage is run on different pins. T power can ruin a phantom power mic. Two technologies from different eras that don't play well together.


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