Taking Care of Your Limpet Mic.

 

Please contact me directly if you are unsure about what your Limpet Mic. product can and can't handle. I am happy to answers your questions however stupid you think they might be and I'm always willing to advise customers on the safe use of my products.

 

Contact Microphones.

All of the contact microphones available at Limpet Mics. have been handmade with time, care, experience and the best possible materials. They are tough, resilient, waterproof and resistant to heat (up to a point...) and freezing sub-zero temperatures, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that your new contact microphone gives you many years of reliable service.

  • When not in use store in a cool, dry environment.
  • NEVER allow the connector/s to get wet.
  • DO NOT bend or apply excessive pressure to the capsule.
  • DO NOT put excessive strain on the cable or connection points where the cable meets the capsule or connector.
  • If used in salt water you should rinse the capsule and cable with clean fresh water, being careful to avoid the connector. (Use soap if necessary). Gently pat dry with a kitchen towel or lint free cloth, or allow to air dry before storage.
  • DO NOT dry your contact microphone on a radiator or heater.
  • When storing or transporting try to hank the cable neatly, free from twists or tight bends, using a reusable cable tie is recommended. 
  • DO NOT knot the cable.
  • DO NOT connect the contact microphone to a Phantom Power source, this is not necessary and will damage the sensitive components in the capsule.
  • DO NOT attempt to disassemble the capsule, they are not designed to be repaired in this way and it would almost certainly result in the death of your microphone!
  • Your contact microphone will happily accept some bumps and scrapes but would be unlikely to survive a drop from a severe height, so that's probably best avoided...
  • Remember that your contact microphone is a delicate, sensitive, precision instrument so please handle it with the care it deserves.

 

Hydrophones.

All of the hydrophones available at Limpet Mics. have been handmade with time, care, experience and the best possible materials. They are tough, resilient, extremely waterproof and resistant to heat (up to a point...) and freezing sub-zero temperatures, but there are a few things you can do to ensure that your new hydrophone gives you many years of reliable service.

  • When not in use store in a cool, dry environment.
  • NEVER allow the connector/s to get wet.
  • DO NOT bend or apply excessive pressure to the capsule.
  • DO NOT put excessive strain on the cable or connection points where the cable meets the capsule or connector.
  • If used in salt water you should rinse the capsule and cable with clean fresh water, being careful to avoid the connector. (Use soap if necessary). Gently pat dry with a kitchen towel or lint free cloth, or allow to air dry before storage.
  • DO NOT dry your hydrophone on a radiator or heater.
  • When storing or transporting try to hank the cable neatly, free from twists or tight bends, using a reusable cable tie is recommended.  
  • DO NOT knot the cable.
  • DO NOT connect the hydrophone to a Phantom Power source, this is not necessary and will damage the sensitive components in the capsule.
  • DO NOT attempt to disassemble the capsule, they are not designed to be repaired in this way and it would almost certainly result in the death of your hydrophone!
  • Your hydrophone will happily accept some bumps and scrapes but would be unlikely to survive a drop from a severe height, so that's probably best avoided...
  • Remember that your hydrophone is a delicate, sensitive, precision instrument so please handle it with the care it deserves.

 

Induction Pick-Up Coils.

The induction pick-up coils available at Limpet Mics. are 'Mods' or modifications of an existing product. Sadly I simply don't have the time or resources to produce these from scratch at an affordable price, so instead I source induction telephone coil pick-ups traditionally used for recording telephone conversations... (A rather obsolete endeavour these days.) I then modify them for professional audio recording by removing limiters and adding professional grade microphone cable and connectors. They are tough and resilient but most definitely NOT waterproof! To ensure that you get many years of reliable service from your new induction pick-up coil please take the following advice.

  • When not in use store in a cool, dry environment.
  • NEVER allow the connector/s or capsule to get wet.
  • In the event of the connector or capsule becoming wet allow to air dry for at least a week in a warm dry environment such as an airing cupboard.
  • DO NOT attempt to dry the induction pick-up coil on a radiator or heater.
  • DO NOT put excessive strain on the cable or connection points where the cable meets the capsule or connector.
  • When storing or transporting try to hank the cable neatly, free from twists or tight bends, using a reusable cable tie is recommended. 
  • DO NOT knot the cable.
  • DO NOT connect the induction pick-up coil to a Phantom Power source, this is not necessary and will damage the sensitive components in the capsule.
  • DO NOT attempt to disassemble the capsule, they are not designed to be repaired in this way and it would almost certainly result in the death of your induction pick-up coil!
  • Your induction pick-up coil will handle some gentle bumps and scrapes but would be unlikely to survive a severe drop from a height, so that's probably best avoided...
  • Remember that your induction pick-up coil is a delicate, sensitive, precision instrument so please handle it with the care it deserves.