Last week I was able to buy an old Melodium 42B ribbon microphone from a guy in town who had absolutely no clue what it was.
It was in good condition, I have cleaned it and added an XLR output to it. Ribbon seems ok, but I might send it to a guy in UK to have it replaced if I notice any problems. I also bought a 50:600 Ohm step up transformer which gives you a better impedance when connecting it to modern preamp and also a few dBs extra gain without added noise.
It is a beautiful mic, very strong proximity effect with the bass cut switch disengaged. I haven't found much about it on the internet, but today I saw that there is a new company with the same name, manufacturing the exact same microphone:
Yes it was considered frances version to the rca 44bx. I enjoyed mine when i had it and if you are sending it to Steeart then he is the number 1 man to send it to for all things Melodium.
Yes, I think I'm going to send it to Stewart. He was super nice and already gave me all information that I needed to retro-fit the XLR connector on my own. I'm not completely sure if the ribbon itself is in 100% working condition. I saw that it can move without touching the magnets but it seems to be a little bit warped.
I have drum recordings next week, I will use the Melodium for sure ! Already wish I had a second one
The melodium is a great example of ribbon mics. It has that awesome girth to the low end but it rounds out exceptionally well when the sources is a little bit further away. Some of those older mics can have decades worth of metal filings and crap attached to the magnets. It is a good move to send it off and get it serviced. You will notice an improvement in sound. Those wires connected to the transformer and xlr jack are very old and brittle. Out of all the ribbon mics i have owned the Melodium was the worst for breaking whilst in transit. So pack the mic well and you should be fine. Stewart does sell a specific impedence matcher for these if you have not already bought one. That Melodium site you saw is just a nod to the old mics . He gets the originals and gets them refurbed . No new mics being made there just restored. Hope this all helps for you.
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