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Condoms will spoil your fun

Subject: Condoms will spoil your fun
From: "Romilly Hambling" <>
Date: Wed, 01 Feb 2006 02:14:20 -0000
Did some preliminary tests with an ultrafine condom today and 
was quite surprised at how much it spoils things. There seems 
to a noticeable diminution of sensitivity (attenuation of several 
dB), especially at higher frequencies. So couldn't really 
recommend their use except in cases of real need - for example 
in very humid or wet places. I won't be using them.
Lubricated ones are quite usable after two good washes in hot 
water and hand soap.
Still have to check it's not something with my NT1As - they're 
supposed to be a matched pair.
I'll try to get something up in the next day or so but have patience, 
I have a slow connection and my server tends to cut me off. 

--- In  David Steinwedel 
<> wrote:
. . . .
> I've found condoms to work very well against damaging
> elements (such as water, mud, etc.) and don't find
> much signal loss at all (definately not enough to
> warrant putting an expensive mic in a dangerous
> situation without protection). I've never noticed
> condoms doing much against wind as you'll have to get
> a very tight fit to keep the condom from sliding
> around and making noise against the the body of the
> mic. Rubber bands can help keep it attached but
> condoms seem to work best when the mic is in a static
> position.
> I've even gone so far so as completely wrap a mic in a
> condom, zip tie the whole thing up and drop it in a
> body of water. I'm damn careful about it but so far no
> mics lost doing this.
> Dave


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