RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

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RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by Jim Sofonia » Fri Feb 26, 2016 9:57 am

I have several of these Electo Voice RE-20 microphones in service. The rubber shock mounts used to last 3-4 years, but as of recent times they are breaking in less than a year, even in a production studio used by only two people that are respectful of the equipment. Is EV sourcing cheap crap from China now? Anybody have a alternate solution for this?

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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by kkiddkkidd » Fri Feb 26, 2016 10:25 am

I have changed several of the RE-20's at my clients back to the stock mount after similar problems. It's almost as if they were old stock.

I haven't heard any complaints about excessive noise after doing so but some of the mic arms don't like the way they balance with the stock mount.

I have found everything from rubber bands to bungee cords holding them up after the bands fail.
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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by themarcshow » Sat Feb 27, 2016 8:39 am

Better Bands. They started up a year or two ago to solve just this. And they're $20 per shockmount!

http://www.bswusa.com/Shock-Mounts-Bett ... 11131.aspx
Main Features:
• Better Design: Better Bands are created with more than twice the amount of material as OEM bands, with 100% less of the typical stress points. Wider and stronger means more resilient than the competition.
• Better Material: Unlike OEM bands, Better Bands are made with specially formulated silicone that is heat resistant, strong, yet stretchy enough to connect to your mount.
• Better Connections: The three “connection points” of the band are stronger than OEM bands. The “knuckle” is wider than the OEM band, ensuring a snug fit to the mount without sliding.
• Better Longevity: Better material. Better design. Better connection points. It makes for a product that lasts longer (unless your talent is a knife-wielding insane person).
I haven't had the need to replace my shockmounts since they came out, but this is what I will go with when the time comes.
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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by Jim Sofonia » Sat Feb 27, 2016 9:25 am

themarcshow wrote:Better Bands. They started up a year or two ago to solve just this. And they're $20 per shockmount!

I haven't had the need to replace my shockmounts since they came out, but this is what I will go with when the time comes.
This looks good. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by Deep Thought » Sat Feb 27, 2016 2:17 pm

(unless your talent is a knife-wielding insane person)

Well, whose isn't?!? 8)
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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by KPJL FM » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:26 am

Deep Thought wrote:(unless your talent is a knife-wielding insane person)

Well, whose isn't?!? 8)
The very definition of broadcast 'talent'. Just try to tell them something 'isn't so', or how they have to log in every 5 minutes... :twisted:
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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by radiowave911 » Tue Mar 01, 2016 5:37 pm

What perfect timing. GM is on the phone with BSW now ordering 5 packs of the Better Bands.
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Re: RE-20 Shock Mount Failure

Post by Shane » Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:59 pm

Is EV sourcing cheap crap from China now?
well they ARE making the RE-320s in China.

Our EV rubber shock mounts seen to disintegrate before they fail most of them. Thanks for tip on the alternative, fellow 'Husker.
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