Sennheiser Windshield Cracking

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paulears
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Has anybody else got one of these? A squidgy plastic mesh, with screw on rear dome and the normal slide out pistol grip assembly.

Although the plastic is 'bendy' the plastic on this one has become very brittle. It broke into four or five pieces after being squashed into a flightcase. I repaired it with a circular piece of extrusion and copious amounts of glue. Now I've noticed the rear moulding where the dome screws in is starting to crack too.

Has anybody else had this problem. This is the second one of these I've had and the first one was fine, I sold that and as usual, regretted it - so bought another. Any idea what's going on?

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paulears wrote:

Has anybody else got one of these? A squidgy plastic mesh, with screw on rear dome and the normal slide out pistol grip assembly.

Although the plastic is 'bendy' the plastic on this one has become very brittle. It broke into four or five pieces after being squashed into a flightcase. I repaired it with a circular piece of extrusion and copious amounts of glue. Now I've noticed the rear moulding where the dome screws in is starting to crack too.

Has anybody else had this problem. This is the second one of these I've had and the first one was fine, I sold that and as usual, regretted it - so bought another. Any idea what's going on?

I have never heard of this happening - my old one is over 20 years old now.

Personally I would replace it with a Rycote - it's much better than the Sennheiser one, especially with the "lyre" suspensions - I think it is actually cheaper as well. But you would have to buy the kit, of course.

John
 
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Thanks John, to be honest I've been trying to think if it could be something maybe I've done - maybe some weird reaction to UV or something. It has been used and abused, so I suspect it's me. I'll have a look at the Rycotes - I had a long softie for a while and was quite impressed with that (apart from the mount, which split at the top trying to hold the weight up).

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paulears wrote:
Thanks John, to be honest I've been trying to think if it could be something maybe I've done - maybe some weird reaction to UV or something. It has been used and abused, so I suspect it's me. I'll have a look at the Rycotes - I had a long softie for a while and was quite impressed with that (apart from the mount, which split at the top trying to hold the weight up).

My old Sennheiser has been treated carefully and not abused.

I know Rycote are very careful with their plastic mix to maximise ruggedness under adverse conditions.

I won't say more, as I do not want to help those who try to reverse-engineer and copy Rycote's designes - I will just say that the designers really understand the science behind all this and there is a lot more than you think (a lot more than I thought before I talked to the designer).

John
 
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