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Rode K2 Valve Microphone

Posted: Thu Feb 07, 2013 12:24 pm
by ECC82
Anyone tried this microphone? ... rodek2.htm

Very positive reviews, best thing is to replace the tube (surprise :wink: ), and I believe the E88CC can be used, I have some of those lying around, so nice coincidence. (Edit: Googled some more and the CCa tubes can be used as well: also a few in stock here, they should give even better result)

The Neumann U47 or TSM Muneo microphones are a "bit" out of my price range, (understatment, HI), but this could be a reasonable substitute. If you have better suggestions please tell.

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 1:31 am
by ECC82
Googled some more, many audio fora (Gearslutz etc) give it a thumbs up and state that this one is better than the Rode NTK and just a little more expensive.
Placed the order, will leave some feedback after the tube switch has been made and the mike is hooked up on the audio gear into the modified TS-870.

Posted: Sat Feb 09, 2013 8:35 am
by Voodoo Guru

We've never had that mic here, so it will be interesting to see how it will play in your Studio.

Look forward to the Review!!!

Posted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 1:01 pm
by ECC82
Had some difficulty ordering the microphone. Ordered it new at a web shop. When it arrived it was clear that it was "repacked" and than sent to me.
I returned it to the shop, when I pay new prices I expect new/unused products. Got a refund and didn't have to pay shipping costs for the return goods.

Googled some more and learned that Graig/N7CAL uses the Studio Projects T3, he improved it by swapping the capsule element for a RK-47. Saw in a review: "An HT supply of 200 Volts DC is used, so this isn't one of those mics that use a 'marketing' tube run at solid-state voltages." So the tube receives the right voltage on the anode. The same way/voltage the Bellari gear/tubes work. So I ordered the Studio Projects T3 and busy trying to get the RK-47 part from Will keep you posted, but different microphone so new topic I presume. ... jectt3.asp