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Storage containers for pencil mics - sources and sizes
« on: June 18, 2019, 12:51:40 PM »
I did run a search but nothing popped out at me. Looking for a small, cheap solution for taking mics out in the field. I currently use a Cigar Caddy 3400 (five cigars) which worked great for longer mics like the AT4041's and Nak 300's, but looking for something smaller for the KM184's and CM3's. Will take some advice on a solution for 2 or 4 mics. About to pull the trigger on a Cigar caddy 3140 for 2 mics, but I know it will be a bit long.

So, whatdaya using out there?
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2019, 01:39:51 PM »
For my CM3s I'm happy with the little plastic containers they came in.  The foam is molded to the right size and everything.  I guess there could be smaller solutions though.
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2019, 02:53:10 PM »
Just in case it ever comes to this, be sure not leave any equipment in this type of case for years at a time unattended (I mean, like, ten, twenty years or more). The foam degenerates into a sticky mess that is very difficult to remove, and can stain any metal surfaces with which it is in contact. Guess who is speaking from sad, first-hand experience ...
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2019, 04:29:06 PM »
The Rycote 3-pack of tubes works pretty well. 
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2019, 04:33:16 PM »
The Rycote 3-pack of tubes works pretty well.

Wow, never seen that before. I can't believe something that says "Rycote" is that inexpensive
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #6 on: June 19, 2019, 02:22:39 AM »
works great may be a bit longer that you need.

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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #7 on: June 19, 2019, 07:09:59 AM »
You can get those tubes far cheaper here, and sized to fit the mics you are using.  The 0.79" models are the ones you want for 20mm mic bodies.
https://www.mcmaster.com/shipping-tubes

I bought part 2108T21 for the CM3s, and they fit perfectly.  The next size up would be right for Schoeps CMC and similar mics, and the largest size for shotguns.

I put the mics in these tubes, and then into a Cigar Caddy.  This keeps everything protected, keeps the mics from rattling against each other inside, and avoids the foam contamination DSatz described.

Note that you can fit 4 Line Audio mics in one of those 2-cigar caddys.
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #8 on: June 19, 2019, 07:19:28 AM »
I keep my KM184s in a Pelican 1040 Micro case which was $14.95 + $4.99 for the Pick N' Pluck foam for it.

I also use one of these.  It is the perfect size for a pair of DPA compact bodies with capsules (which are a little smaller than the CM3s, but not by much), plus their clips.  Waterproof, dust-proof, and practically indestructible!

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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #9 on: June 19, 2019, 07:50:36 AM »
You can get those tubes far cheaper here, and sized to fit the mics you are using.  The 0.79" models are the ones you want for 20mm mic bodies.
https://www.mcmaster.com/shipping-tubes

I bought part 2108T21 for the CM3s, and they fit perfectly.  The next size up would be right for Schoeps CMC and similar mics, and the largest size for shotguns.

I put the mics in these tubes, and then into a Cigar Caddy.  This keeps everything protected, keeps the mics from rattling against each other inside, and avoids the foam contamination DSatz described.

Note that you can fit 4 Line Audio mics in one of those 2-cigar caddys.

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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #10 on: June 19, 2019, 09:06:35 AM »
You can get those tubes far cheaper here, and sized to fit the mics you are using.  The 0.79" models are the ones you want for 20mm mic bodies.
https://www.mcmaster.com/shipping-tubes

I bought part 2108T21 for the CM3s, and they fit perfectly.  The next size up would be right for Schoeps CMC and similar mics, and the largest size for shotguns.

I put the mics in these tubes, and then into a Cigar Caddy.  This keeps everything protected, keeps the mics from rattling against each other inside, and avoids the foam contamination DSatz described.

Note that you can fit 4 Line Audio mics in one of those 2-cigar caddys.

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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2019, 07:13:24 PM »

I use a memory foam fly tackle box for several of my mics. The SP C4s and the KM140s  fit in there just right so it should work for either of the mics you mention.

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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2019, 09:57:50 PM »
You can get those tubes far cheaper here, and sized to fit the mics you are using.  The 0.79" models are the ones you want for 20mm mic bodies.
https://www.mcmaster.com/shipping-tubes

Dang, look at that.  Good catch!  They only lack the foam inserts. 
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #13 on: June 20, 2019, 07:04:54 AM »
You can get those tubes far cheaper here, and sized to fit the mics you are using.  The 0.79" models are the ones you want for 20mm mic bodies.
https://www.mcmaster.com/shipping-tubes

Dang, look at that.  Good catch!  They only lack the foam inserts.

You don't need the foam inserts, because the tubes stay snug against both ends of the mics.  There is no need to cushion the mics when they cannot move.  I use the outer Pelican / Cigar Caddy for impact protection.  It also is good to keep foam away from the capsule because of the degradation / adhesion DSatz mentioned.
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Re: Storage/field container for KM184's or CM3's?
« Reply #14 on: June 20, 2019, 12:54:55 PM »
For my CM3s I'm happy with the little plastic containers they came in.  The foam is molded to the right size and everything.  I guess there could be smaller solutions though.

this is essentially what I do as well.
I've also added a bit of kit that Sarge bought for me at the Dollar Store, a cheap nylon toiletry pouch, for lack of better terms.  The pouch is the same width as the plastic storage boxes (ever so slightly loose fitting), and just long enough to add the L.A. shockmounts into the kit bag, as well. This all fits into an area in my recording bag that is defined by an old Target shelf rack that I use for a divider in my recording bag (the recorder fits into another slot in this same shelving concept inside of the bag).
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