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Author Topic: ASTATIC D-104 ( D in this case means dead)  (Read 5508 times)
KD8DEY
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« Reply #15 on: August 21, 2012, 02:20:11 PM »

Yup, The Commentator 10_DA 50hz-10Khz.
You can still catch them on Flea-Bay, Along with the Kobetone replacement D-104 elements.

I've got one of those ole bullet heads sitting in a drawer waiting for me to find a stand for it Smiley
(Moneys short).......Eventually want to find a t-up9 with the original amplifier board (Not the newer/last version)
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W7GIF
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« Reply #16 on: August 25, 2012, 07:49:07 PM »

The usual problem with crystal microphones is the absorption of humidity by the Rochelle salt crystal. Even in a relatively well controlled atmosphere it happens eventually: sometimes a gentle baking in the oven at about 40 to 50 degrees Centigrade would restore them.
Peter,
Thanks for the info regarding possible resurrection of the D-104's by "baking". Unfortunately, it didn't bring my mics back to life. But, thanks for the suggestion, nonetheless. 73's......
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W8XLR
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« Reply #17 on: August 27, 2012, 04:53:26 PM »

These work GREAT, I have several...

http://www.rbmicro.com/index.php
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W9GB
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« Reply #18 on: August 27, 2012, 05:11:42 PM »

RB MICRO is back ordered on replacement mic elements.

You CAN grow your own Rochelle salt crystals  (K·Na·C4H4O6·4H2O).
That is how Astatic did it !!
http://www.homepages.ucl.ac.uk/~ucfbanf/general/crystal.htm

High School Science Fair project
http://www.seawhy.com/xlroch.html

http://chemistry.about.com/od/crystalrecipes/a/Rochelle-Salt-Crystals.htm

http://www.mo-seph.com/node/489

Canadian secondary schools had a contest in 2000 ... Impressive results.
http://home.nas.net/~dbc/cic_hamilton/crys.html

There is a YouTube video, time lapse for the 12 hour growth process !

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With all of the illegal street drug labs, you should be able to find a local chemist.
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