In terms of ribbon microphones, there may be no more important or recognizable model than the RCA 44-BX. The microphone, which was made from 1932 through 1955, is a stylish icon that has often been imitated but rarely outdone in terms of musicality.
Fortunately, we get to see a lot of RCA 44-BX microphones come through the Vintage King Tech Shop. Some come to the shop in pretty bad shape and others fair slightly better, which is pretty remarkable considering these mics have been at work for at least 60 years.
The most recent example of the RCA 44-BX to come to us falls into the latter camp. Overall, it was in pretty decent shape, but definitely needed some work to return to prime condition. Vintage King Microphone Tech Scott Krause brought the 44-BX to his bench, reshaped/cleaned up the head grilles and installed a new ribbon.
Continue below to watch a video of the reassembly of the RCA-44BX and see some photos from throughout Scott's process. If you're interested in adding an RCA-44BX to your microphone collection, please contact one of our Audio Consultants via email or by phone at 866.957.0822.