Ribbon Microphones

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Ribbon Microphone Repairs

The Xaudia microphone repair service can bring your old ribbon mic back to life. We can install new ribbons, check and rejuvenate magnets, upgrade transformers, replace cables and of course make those myriad tiny adjustments that make your mic sound better.

We are based in the UK, giving owners in Europe an alternative to sending their ribbon microphone to the USA.

Service

Since 2010 we have serviced over 2000 microphones. Click here to read some customer comments and feedback.

We can repair and refurbish all types of ribbon microphones –  including Altec, BBC-Marconi, B&O, Beyer, Cadenza, Electrovoice, EMI, Grampian, GEC, Grundig, HMV, Lustraphone, Melodium, Oktava, Reslo, RCA, Royer, STC, Tannoy, Trix, Western Electric, etc.  And of course, we repair, modify and upgrade modern mics too, such as T-Bone, Nady, Stellar, Golden Age, and so on.

Each microphone we service is examined on receipt, and before we start work we provide an estimate of what needs doing, how long it will take and how much it will cost. Re-ribboning rates start from £45 plus postage*, depending on the type and condition of your microphone.

(*Typical price for a good condition Reslo microphone. Other mics cost more so please ask about your microphone).

RCA microphone re-ribbon

Ribbons

In many cases a new ribbon will give lower noise, higher output and extended frequency response. We use precision cutting and corrugating equipment based on the original methods used by RCA, to ensure the best possible replacement ribbon for your microphone. We use high purity aluminium foils of appropriate thickness for the model.

Transformers

Output transformers can become broken or damaged, and we have coil winding facilities to rewind and repair vintage output transformers. Although some vintage transformers are excellent, others are not, and some modern budget ribbon mics have particularly weak transformers, which merit replacement.

We manufacture and fit replacement low noise, full bandwidth output transformers for both vintage and modern microphones. We can create a custom output transformer to your requirements, or supply a matching transformer to connect your mic to your preamp.

Read more about transformer repairs and upgrades.

Magnet Upgrades

In a ribbon microphone the output level is proportional to the magnetic field strength. Old ferromagnets can lose their strength over time, leading to weak output and a noisy microphone. We can measure your magnetic field and for many models can replace or boost fading magnets.

For further information get in touch.