[Harp-L] Re: hohner blues blaster xlr cord
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- Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2015 15:23:07 -0400
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The Blues Blaster and the sister mic's from CAD and Astatic are wired pin 3
hot. This is common for hi-z XLR applications. You can rewire the XLR
connector in the mic to pin 2 hot and then it will work with a standard lo-z
pin 2 hot XLR cable. Or you can convert a standard XLR to pin 3 hot if
you prefer to keep the mic original.
I've 'fixed' dozens of these mic's over the phone, very often the cable
gets swapped and the mic 'doesn't work'. Other problems pop up as well,
these are not well made microphones. As yours has the long discontinued MC-151
it's likely worth repairing or rewiring as long as the element is still
ok. If you are not comfortable doing this work yourself, then there are
qualified tech's on harp-l, myself included, who can do it correctly for a fair
price. I like Greg Heumann's work as well. If you are going to SPAH next
month Greg will be there as a vendor.
As long as you do not apply phantom power or test it with an ohm meter,
the crystal element should be safe to test direct into an amp using different
wiring configurations, unlikely you will 'fry' it. BUT... never, EVER
apply voltage to a crystal element!
Hit me up off list if you need any more info, always willing to help.
Either by email or through my Harmonica Planet website where you can request my
free Harp Mic Buyers Guide: www. harmonicaplanet.com
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Rockin' Billy writes: I believe that hot goes to pin two and ground to
pin one, leaving pin three with nothing. Can anyone verify this for me?
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