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#731628 - 07/24/08 03:37 PM Rode Microphones
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I have a Rode NT-2 that I bought used years ago, decent mic for certain applications, and used often. Unfortunately, a few years ago, my drummer knocked it over, completely destroying it.

I recently contacted them about possibly getting it repaired and asked for pricing. They told me to send it in and they would fix it as a warranty, free of charge. I informed them that it was knocked over, I bought it used, and it was not under warranty. They told me send it in, free of charge, just pay the shipping to get it there.

Their reason: "It is better for us that you have a working Rode microphone in your collection than to not have one."

I applaud them for their customer service and their dedication to their products, and it gives me good faith in buying more of their products in the future.
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#731998 - 07/25/08 10:57 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: Celebrity1]
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That's great customer service.

My Rode NT-4 gets used alot! It's my go-to mic for acoustic GTR, and works great for live drums OH.
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#766250 - 09/29/08 11:30 PM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: LakeStone Karl]
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I have a RODE NT2...and I love it. I bought it like 8 years ago, and its been great to me. part of my decision to buy it,over the C1 that EVERYONE here was raving about was customer support.
Everytime I read accounts about Rode, they were glowing in terms of sound and support.
Its the best sounding large diaphram mic I have ever owned, and the best supported,too.
I would recommend them to anyone.
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#766953 - 10/01/08 10:00 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: GtrGeorge!]
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NTK and a pair of NT5's.
No problems at all.
They are always a joy to use.
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#768415 - 10/03/08 11:59 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: Vanillagrits]
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I love my NT-1000 and NT-5's. The NT-1000 is a great all-around mic. Whatever I put through it, be it vocals, fiddle, mandolin, a. guitar, congas....it sounds GREAT! I like the stereo depth that I get from my acoustic guitars with the NT-5's. I have also used them for congas, which makes it possible to pan them.
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#769506 - 10/05/08 03:52 PM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: String Jammer]
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I like Rode mics, in general. I have owned and NT-2, NTK, and the K2, I had the use of the Classic and NT-1000 for a month or so each.

Bottom line: They are built well, much more beefy than the Chinese based mics (I am sure about this). They sound good IMO. They have gone from darling s to maligned and I don't know why. Maybe part of it is that they use a flat-pack technology, that is micro circuits that are about as far from hard-wired as it gets. So what?

The mics I owned the longest were the NT-2 and NTK. I hated to sell them, but did to buy mics that I like better but certainlly don't have the build quality.

The NT-1000 is an affordable, very good all around mic that gets overlooked. Maybe if it was not cardiod only. However, that said, the K2 (and I would guess the NT-2000) variable polar pattern ability left me less than overwhelmed.....the variable patterns of the Pelusos, who sound better IMO but are not built nearly as well, are far more effective, I dunno why.

In all, I like Rode. I like what they do, what they make and think that, overall, they are a quality company. And for what you can get an NT-1000 for it is a steal, IMO
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#776811 - 10/20/08 12:23 PM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: MadGuitrst]
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I still have my K2 in spite of recently acquiring a Wunder CM7-GT, which is in a whole nother league and over 3x the price. The K2 will still have its applications and is an excellent mic for the money. At around the same price point, however, I like the Chameleon TS-2 better, has a more solid image. The K2 was the mic of choice for a female VO, the result came out far better than her previous recording in a major studio with what sounded like (per her description) a Neumann. This was in my humble little home studio on a VS-2400 with a K2 (well, with Rupert Neve Designs pre and compressor).

An NT-4 may be in my future.
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#785049 - 11/05/08 08:39 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: SteveM]
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2 x Rode NT-2's and 2 x Rode Classic II's in my Mic cupboard. Can't say anything bad about them. And now that the Australian Dollar is down compared to the USD, it's a good time to buy!

I can also recommend NT-5's and the NT-55's.
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#832002 - 02/27/09 01:22 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: WinyardPro]
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After 4 years of steady service my NT1a died, well out of warranty... RØDE put in a new capsule for the price of shipping it to them (AUD$11), no begging, no questions asked. Not the kind of amazing customer support you'd typically expect from a AU$350 'budget' condenser ;-)
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#832022 - 02/27/09 06:24 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: headwerkn2]
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That is awesome!

Seems the Aussies are great that way........

I had an earlier version Sebatron VMP-2000e and one of the channels died. I sent it back for repair and when I got it back (4 days after he received it!) I didn't get my unit repaired, I didn't receive a new VMP-2000e, I received a brand new (date was only about 2 weeks old) VMP-2000eVU. Not only did it have the meters, which don't affect the sound, it was an upgraded version with lower noise and more functional pads (it also seemed to have a lot more gain, but I could be wrong).

I thought he made a mistake, so I emailed him to let him know what happened. Sebatron said he wanted me to have the upgraded version, didn't have any non-VU meter units ready, and didn't want me to wait.

Talk about amazing customer service.
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#832060 - 02/27/09 07:48 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: MadGuitrst]
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Great customer service wins every time! \:\)
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#887926 - 08/14/09 04:06 PM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: uptildawn]
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NT1A -- super clear.

First condenser. Still one of the go-to pieces.
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#887980 - 08/14/09 08:32 PM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: LarryG]
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+1 on the NT1A.. Clear as an unmuddied lake sir... As clear as the azure sky in deepest summer. (thanks Alex)
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#888044 - 08/15/09 05:03 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: Hong Kong Phooey]
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Good testimonials and great customer service stories here! I have an NT2 and a pair of NT5's. Haven't needed to contact customer service about anything, but I'm glad to know that if I ever did, they'd treat me well.
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#889801 - 08/19/09 07:47 PM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: Eric Collins]
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the D-PowerPlug,while not a mic,is a great
tool made by Rode.it's an in-line preamp that
gives you 20db's of gain.and it's a really
nice CLEAN gain.

i bought one for my Cascade Fathead ribbon mic.
huge difference! and it turns a 57 into a monster.
way to go Rode. $99 US


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#896281 - 09/06/09 09:38 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: michaelsteele]
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Cool beans, Myke!

Have you had good luck with your Cascade?
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#896649 - 09/07/09 10:48 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: String Jammer]
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oh yea,
i'm diggin it more and more every time i use it.
although i do have a few external pre's,none of
them seem to make much of a difference with the
FatHead.but the D-PowerPlug really brought it to
life.

in fact,i'm fixing to buy another FatHead,and
another D-PowerPlug.

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#896937 - 09/08/09 05:36 AM Re: Rode Microphones [Re: michaelsteele]
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Good info. Thanks Myke!
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