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 Re: clarinet barrel mics
Author: kokonis 
Date:   2006-12-31 11:48

On the subject of barrell mikes, the author by the name of fanatic is correct. I have had two so called proffessional barrell mikes and there is very few parts inside them. I have bought about 6 old hearing aids and they are exactly the same. These hearing aids are the old type ie 2 wire and they are very seldom seen today due to advances in technology. Go to hearing aid specialists and you will get them very cheaply or even free. Ask for the wide spectrum type. Another note is that all barrell mikes tend to have a short life of about 5years due to moisture/condensation. After playing your klarino/clarinet wipe the water from inside barrel mike and store in a tiny box with sodium thiosulfate crystals, which will absorb the water, these are the little white paper packets you get in overseas parcels. I believe the barrell mikes that are being sold are ridiculously expensive whether on ebay or the clarinet website. There is literally almost nothing inside them to justify the cost. I believe them to be a ripp off. Give the hearing aids a try. They work well ! I have been playing greek klarino for 15yrs and love the sound of the barrell mike and its also great when played in combination with the shure 58

gianni@vic.australis.com.au

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