RESLO/XAUDIA 'THE BEEB' VINTAGE BRITISH RIBBON MICROPHONE, UPGRADED TO BBC SPECS
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'The Beeb' modified Reslo microphone by Xaudia
Back in the 1950s and 60s, the BBC published a number of R&D reports on ribbon microphones. Here's what they had to say about the humble Reslo RB...
It seemed possible, that a few simple modifications might result in an appreciable improvement in response..."
W. Manson and T. Somerville, BBC R&D Report No. L044, 1961
They recommended a number of modifications, which included....
Swapping the transformer to one with higher primary inductance,
Conversion from 50 ohm to 300 ohm output,
Fitting a more open interior mesh,
Removing the cloth around the ribbon motor,
And reversing the motor assembly so that the ribbon element is at the front.
Xaudia have recreated these mods and added a few more of their own. "The Beeb" has an XLR output, and new 1.8 micrometer ribbon. They also ultrasonically clean these before re-assembly to remove 50 years of gunk. They put a (removable) sticker on them, so you know that they are 300 ohm mics.
No case, cable, clip or manual