Following our earlier discussion http://line6.com/sup...s-cracking-fix/, I promised I'd post the results of an experimental employment of an "O" ring from this $15 USD kit http://www.oringsusa...ooaktap6m8hfhl5.
Success ! (Or, at least I think so...)
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The "fix" involves fitting a rubber "buffer" in the form of an AS568A Dash No: 212-sized "O" ring, that, before stretching, is a 1/8" thick circular "seal" with an inside diameter of 7/8" and an outside diameter of 1 & 1/8". (There are ten of most sizes in the kit.)
Here's how, in three simple steps:
- Unscrew and remove the battery cap.
- VERY gently and carefully move the "O" ring towards the top of the thread and under the LCD "window" by first stretching it and then "rolling" it over the antenna "stub" and battery compartment. The latter must have batteries in it and be closed to provide as much stability as possible. Minimal force only.
- Once the "O" ring has become seated past the coarse plastic thread in the groove that's immediately adjacent to the mic's metal housing, carefully "massage" the rubber ring all the way around its circumference to ensure that it's evenly "bedded".
Two vocalists and one MC who've experienced my handhelds "before" and "after" made unsolicited comments to the effect that this modification made my handhelds feel far less "slippery" and so far less likely to be dropped. In short, they loved it.
Smiles all around, as I thought (but didn't say) that the whole modification was largely brought about by some of those selfsame people possibly wreaking havoc through either overtightening or unscrewing the battery cap.
The "grip" and "buffer" effects imparted this way would indeed largely seem to be a "cure" for that, but there also seem to be yet more unanticipated benefits, in that this added rubber "protrusion" not only provides a tactile guide that helps keep hands away from masking the transmitting antenna, but also adds "slide-stopping" stability when the mic is slipped into a stand-mounted clip.
As you can see, it also "looks the part", ...but (as ever) only time will tell.