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Noam Osband
Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:05:16 am

When it comes to gear, I usually buy new electronics and used for something mechanical like a tripod. I’m looking for a shotgun, and dont mind paying more for a gun I can use for many, many years. I’m thinking of the NTG-3 or the MKH-416.

I found a used MKH-416 on B&H and am considering it. That said, I am a bit wigged out over buying used electronics for the long haul. Thoughts?


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Eric Toline
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:48:45 am

Don't be wigged out. I've bought all of my top line mics used. B&H should have some kind of testing period & or warrenty. Buy the mic and don't sweat it.


Eric


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Sam Lesante Jr.
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:50:38 am

B&H is a pretty reliable store. Did they say if there was anything wrong with the mic since it is under the "used" items? I assume that they offer a refund or return with used stuff.

I have had a 90% approval rating with them. The only thing that I had a problem with from them is there brand of XLR's keep cutting out on me.


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Eric Toline
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 12:57:29 am

It's the soldering in the XLR connector that causes the cutting out. Buy Canare cable & Neutrik connectors and build your own if you know how to solder.


Eric


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Sam Lesante Jr.
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:07:20 am

We checked and even resoldered but they still did not work.


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Eric Toline
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:26:37 am

Could be a break internally but who knows? Run a continuity test with a multi-meter and see if the pin to pin wiring is the same on both ends. See if you can return it for a replacement if required.


Eric


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Sam Lesante Jr.
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:33:04 am

Thanks again...will run test...they only offer return if we get the same xlr.


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Eric Toline
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:34:47 am

I assume other cables work fine with the same setup?


Eric


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Sam Lesante Jr.
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 1:51:01 am

Nope...all four cut out


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Eric Toline
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 3:43:47 am

I assume you mean all 4 from B&H? I find that hard to believe. Have you tried any of the suspect cables in another system. Have you tried an xlr cable not from B&H? Would you explain the setup you're using that's causing you problems? Perhap's it's not the cable but some interconnect or settings issue.

Eric


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David Jones
Re: Do people here feel safe buying used mics?
on Jul 22, 2011 at 6:26:29 pm

I bought two 50' xlr's from b&h and one or both were bad. However, I sent them to the manufacture (Audio Technica) and they sent me two new ones. It was a manufacture issue.

Dave J


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