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Questions about Telinga Universal MK2 with cardioid (MKH 8040)

Subject: Questions about Telinga Universal MK2 with cardioid (MKH 8040)
From: "Daan Hendriks" daan_humanworkshop
Date: Mon Jun 30, 2014 6:44 am ((PDT))

Does anybody use the Telinga Universal MK2 together with a cardioid mic,
specifically the MKH8040?

I ordered the MK2 as the website lists that it's compatible with the 8040,
and received it today. However when I try to mount it I run into two

- the cable that connects the mic is too short; as it's a cardioid, the
microphone needs to point inwards but the cable is so short that I can only
just about manage to get the mic mounted inside the foam windbasket. The
cable is then tensed extremely tight and the mic capsule is very close to
the centre of the dish

- the grey tube that connects the handle to the dish and which leads the
cable through the dish is open ended. I would have expected this to be
closed somehow, because the way it is, I am only picking up sound from
behind the dish! (as the mic is pointed inwards and is so close to the
centre and thus the open-ended hole of the tube)

I am assuming that the cable should be longer, leading the mic to be
further from the centre, leading to the amplification of the dish to work
and do what it's supposed to do. Regardless, even if I do manage to get the
mic mounted further from the centre eventually (maybe get a cable
extension), it seems odd to me that the rear will always have this opening
- any mic pointing inwards will surely keep picking up unwanted sound from
the rear?

What am I missing here?

By the way, I tried calling Telinga in Sweden about this but was told by
the man I spoke with to wait until Saturday and then try and call again
because his son was on holiday (??)... I'd like to try to get this sorted
before then though, hence my question here.

Thanks for any help!


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