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Where Purchased: Uppsala Musikverkstad (www.ordermusic.se)
What is it: Clip-on gooseneck microphone, condenser type, with mount made for violins, but will fit banjo and mando as well. Available in various flavors with different mounts for different instruments; mounts can be purchased separately. However, the microphone is the same in all variants.
Manufacturer's product page: http://www.dpamicrophones.com/en/products.aspx?c=item&category=118&item=24346
Packaging: The microphone came in a hardcase with woven exterior. Contents:
Installation: I first adjusted the mount to fit the depth of the resonator. Then I installed the mount on the resonator close to the heel of the neck. I then attached the microphone and slid the locking ring into place. The cable screws on to the XLR adapter which is then clipped on to the belt (or in my case a pocket).
The mount is made for violins, which have an edge running along the rim of the instrument. Because the back of the resonator is slightly concave, the mount doesn't sit as firmly as I would like it to.
As the microphone is a condenser it requires phantom power. 48V works best but it's rated to use as low as
Adjustment: After installation and firing up the PA I fiddled a bit with the placement. On my banjo, the best placement was about an inch above the third string and about an inch and a half from the heel of the neck.
So how does it sound?
Completely and utterly marvelous. It sounds exactly like the unmiked version, just louder. No feedback problems at all, despite us playing with monitors and drums. It received constant praise from he whole band between pretty much every tune we rehearsed.
The microphone is feedback resistant enough to replace a pickup in all but the loudest of settings.
If the mount had been better -- or my banjo would have a different construction -- the score would be a perfect 10. And at 4,600 SEK (~550 USD) the microphone may not fit your budget. But if it does, and you need a clip-on microphone, this is your best choice.
Overall Rating: 9
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