Instrument microphones for accordion,melodeon, concertina, banjo, brass, flute, whistle,
guitar, mandolin, harmonica, saxophone, clarinet, violin, 'cello and percussion.
Professional Instrument Microphones

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Do all Microvox microphones need a power supply?

Q. Can I use my mixer's phantom power instead of a Microvox power supply?

Q. What differences are there between the mini and standard power supplies?

Q. How is the balance between the two PSU inputs adjusted?

Q. Which power supply should I choose?

Q. What differences are there between the M400 and M500 mics?

Q. Which accordion system should I choose?

Q. How is the balance between the M310's treble and bass adjusted?

Q. What about guarantees, servicing and repairs?

Q. How soon can I expect delivery after I have ordered?

Q. What are the prices in my country's currency?

Q. How do I place an order?

If you have other questions, please email - andrewwestf@gmail.com

 

Do all Microvox microphones need a power supply?

The M305 and the M310 Accordion/Melodeon microphones have a built in power supply. All the others need one of the two available external power supplies.

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Can I use my mixer's phantom power instead of a Microvox power supply?

The phantom power on most mixers is set at 48 volts. This is far too high a voltage for Microvox microphones and so a PSU must be used.

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What differences are there between the mini and standard power supplies?

Standard PSU Mini PSU
Case Diecast aluminium. ABS
Battery 9v (PP3) 1.5v (AAA)
Controls On/Off/Volume
Battery indicator
None
Mic balance (for 2 mics) Internal preset Internal preset
Fastening Belt/pocket clip Belt/pocket clip
Inputs 2 phono sockets 2 phono sockets
Output 1/4" (6.5mm) mono jack 1/4" (6.5mm) mono jack
Dimensions 110 x 60 x 31mm. 25 x 50 x 75mm.

The power to both PSUs is disconnected when the output jack is removed.

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How is the balance between the two PSU inputs adjusted?

Unscrew the back of the power supply and use a small screwdriver to reduce the volume of the adjustable input as shown:

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Which power supply should I choose?

Both power supplies work with all Microvox microphones but the output level of the mini PSU is slightly lower than that of the standard PSU and may not be sufficient for an accordion using an M420 with an M400. If your instrument is relatively quiet e.g. guitar, mandolin, mandola, then we would recommend use of the standard PSU.
The mini PSU has no On/Off/Volume controls - it is simply 'Plug in and go' - so if you require some degree of control at your end of the cable, the standard PSU is more suitable.
The standard power supply is packed into an aluminium box so it is more robust if you drop it or stand on it but weighs more heavily on your belt. Both PSUs have a belt clip which can be used to fasten to a belt, a pocket or an instrument strap.

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What differences are there between the M400 and M500 mics?

The M400 mic element faces down toward the instrument and can be placed on the body of an instrument facing into a soundhole. The M500 mic element faces across the instrument (axially, in line with the cable) and can be used on eg the banjo which does not have a soundhole or inside the bell of wind or brass instruments if a mute is not going to be used.

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Which accordion system should I choose?

The M305 and the M310 are simple to use and cheap but inflexible. There is no option of a bass mic with the M305 whereas the bass mic in the M310 is permanently wired in so you need to decide before you buy whether or not you will need the bass. If in doubt, we recommend you buy the M310 - you can always place the bass mic as an extra mic on the treble side or turn it right down on the internal preset. Either way, you may need to tie up the trailing wire.

The M400 series is a modular system, using either the M405, M410 or M420 on the treble side, depending on the size of your instrument, with an M400 as a bass mic if you want one. You will also need a PSU but this can be used with any other Microvox mic if you play other instruments so you do have greater flexibility. In general, you can use either of our PSUs, but the mini-PSU will struggle to provide enough power for the 5 mic elements in an M420 and M400 set-up.

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How is the balance between the M310's treble and bass adjusted?

Slide off the black cover of the mic and use a small screwdriver to turn the preset towards the treble or bass clef printed on the circuit board.

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What about guarantees, servicing and repairs?

All Microvox products are guaranteed for three years from date of puchase. Repairs to older products are usually carried out free of charge provided that faults are not caused by misuse. Repairs to antiques may incur charges to cover replacement parts no longer in use and additional labour. All repairs are carried out immediately and returned within one week (UK).

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How soon can I expect delivery after I have ordered?

Orders will be dispatched within three days of receipt of an order. UK/European customers should receive their orders within a week. US/Canada usually takes 14 days.

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What are the prices in my country's currency?

Overseas prices will depend on bank rates on the day your transaction is processed by your bank but you can obtain an estimate of the price from this online currency converter (opens in new tab).

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How do I place an order?

Orders can be placed by:

Telephone or fax:

(01924) 361550 (UK)

+44 1924 361550 (international)

Post:

Westfield Music
Westfield Villa
Belgrave Mount
WAKEFIELD
WF1 3SB

Email: andrewwestf@gmail.com

We shall only use your contact details to respond to your enquiry and
we do not pass on any customer information to third parties.
For orders by post or fax, there is a printable order form on our Orders page.

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