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 Re: clarinet barrel mics
Author: gregsquared 
Date:   2007-03-19 19:41

Funny, I started this thread about two years ago and I forgot all about it after I found the PT 100. I used it on a gig Saturday night with my band, Ansambl Mastika, and it did just fine. I spent a good long time looking for a barrel mic and when I discovered the PT100 I was ecstatic. It hasn't failed me yet and I've been using it for about a year now. I know people that have paid up to $350 on ebay for vintage barrel mics and hearing aids. The PT 100 is a steal, comparatively. You can spend hundreds or thousands of dollars on a mic that, granted, sounds really good, but it won't give you the same flexibility as a barrel mic. And now you don't need to search high and low for them.
I don't have much experience with barrel mics, but it seems obvious that moisture will get it in the end. If you care for your gear, it will last much longer. Don't leave it attached to the barrel, dry it off, etc. I just hope Bass keeps them in production so I can buy another one when mine, inevitably, kicks the bucket.
As for the sound quality, if you want perfect reproduction of your tone, then you shouldn't be using a barrel mic or a hearing aid. It's just the limitation of the method of micing, not the mic itself.
I use mine with a wireless system that has a two-foot cable with a quarter inch plug on one end and a mini mic plug on the other. I switch back and forth between my sax mic and my clarinet mic by unplugging them at the belt-pack. it works pretty well and I can put a reverb unit or an octaver between the receiver unit and the mixing board or DI using a quarter inch instrument cable.
I am curious about one thing, though. Why does the PT100 have a 1/8" jack wired into it. Isn't the general rule of thumb in electrical engineering to avoid connectors as much as possible? But you almost never encounter 1/8" plugs in the world of live sound, so why make a situation that creates a need for an adaptor? What's it about? I ask because I had a problem on a gig one time with a bad 1/8"-1/4" adaptor.
Anyway, thanks to Bass for seeing the need in the marketplace and filling it with a quality product. G2.

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