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KM 184 finish flaw mystery
Author: Posted by josh Z barrell
Date: 03/09/2004
Hi- I have a set of nickel KM 184's that were purchased in 2002. Serial #'s 53168 and53767. they have consistently been used as a set, I have been meticulous about thier use and treated them very carefully, never exposing them to anything unusual. My question and concern is one of the two is turning out to have a very odd production flaw. The finish on it is falling off before my eyes lately. On the body of the mic (not the capsule area) the entire overcoat is peeling up, not the metal but the silk screen and the overcoat finish. The other mic is fine, and like I said the capsule on the infected mic is fine also. Trust me this is not something that would happen from normal use with its clip. I have a few other neumanns and work with Neumann's all the time. I am concerned because frist of all the finish comes up very easily and I'm worried that some of these particles of finish might get into the screen of the capsule. Also more than one client has asked if they are a matching pair because one is starting to look like a vinatge mic and the other looks brand new still. I know ithis is only cosmetic but this is not the consistent quality you expect from a top shelf company like Neumann or from a $1.5k microphone. I would also think that Neumann would be very curious to see for themselves what went wrong here. Is there a way to exchange my mic tube/body for another km184 body an make them the matching pair they should be?  
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