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    Default Turner Super Sidekick

    I found one of these for 15.00 . Does anyone know anything about them ? I have a Realistic Navaho TRC431 and I need a good power mic as it has no mike gain . Any information would be Greatly appreciated.
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    Very good base microphone... Plenty of punch to it....

    Here is the spec. sheet for the Super Sidekick.

    Also, the mic should have the bottom switch set for Electronic Switching, and the wiring is: 1-Shield, 2-No Connection, 3-Black (Trans.), 4-White (Audio), 5-Red (Receive).

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    Thank you Rifleman223 for the input and spec sheet .
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    Its the mic of choice for me........They work and sound great !!

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    One of the best for SSB use

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    I tried it last night and the reports i got were that it was real bassy. One person mentioned that it may not be a good match for the Realistic , he thinks the Realistics ran a high impedence mic on them and that may be one problem . Any ideas ?
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    Nope... That radio wants a low impedance microphone like you have.

    Try these fixes in this order.....

    First, Turner amplified base mics sound best if you talk directly into it from no more than a foot away, and dont crank it up too high when you are that close to it.

    Check if your radio has had it's AMC limiter circuit cut out. That would be Diodes D506 and D507 near the back of the radio by VR7. Cutting out this circuit may give you a little more % of modulation, but it makes the transmitted audio muffled and bassy.

    If that is not it, bassy audio in these microphones often can be fixed by placing a .01uf disc capacitor between the white audio lead and the shield, or in series with the white audio lead inside of the microphone, between the amplifier board and the mic cord.

    Hope this helps.

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    i like the turner super side kick good sounding microphone and they look good to,

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    I would rather be bassy than tinny...............To bad you cant hear it for yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiretwister View Post
    I would rather be bassy than tinny...............To bad you cant hear it for yourself.

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    Hi Wire..... LOL

    Well, Turners, overall, have always been known to be a little more bassy, so if you have a low voice to start with, it can be a problem. But you are right, some people do not like that sound, so if someone else says it's bassy, it can be just their opinion.

    Some people like (I dont know why) that tinny, communications quality sound.

    A verrrrrry long time ago, I would park my mobile a couple of blocks away with a tape recorder running in it. Go home and get on the base, and check how it sounded myself.

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    Oh wait........maybe thats why people want talkback .........:lol:

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    I've always liked the astatic 575 M6, not only is it well built but it gives you the tone control to help mitigate bass & treble.

    Years ago I have a Turner +3 on a Navajo 458 base and it did great. never tried the super sidekick, but if it performs like the +3 you cant go wrong.

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    +3 and a sidekick, pretty much the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiretwister View Post
    +3 and a sidekick, pretty much the same.

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    So have I....

    The main difference is that the +3 has a compression type amplifier, and the SSK does not. Also I think you could get the +3 in 4 wire and 6 wire versions.

    Turner made versions of these mics branded for other companies. I have had these mics that were branded for Browning, CPI, and Palomar.

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    Yes, Turner pimped themselves out, But in business, you gotta do what it takes to stay a float.

    Sidekick is a 4 wire 100 ohm

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    Of couse it was about the money. Too bad it could not keep them afloat longer....

    Even Astatic was into branding for other companys.

    I never owned one, but they made a D-104 that had the name 'Tram' engraved on the back of the head.

    I had a D-104 that was made for MH Scott / Dak, and an Astatic mic that was made for the Drake TR7.
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    Im pretty sure they all did........Ive seen a Dak D-104, I assume its a rare mic, might bring a good price.
    Ebay is funny........one day hundereds.....next day 20 bucks.

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    A .01 cap in series with the audio lead will cut out a lot of bass.
    Optimum value for a cap might be more like .22uF.
    Expelliment.

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    i have done this mod to 2 turner plus 3 desk microphones with good response, good mod hidef, i did this when i seen you post this before, works real good.,,,,,,,,, jimbo

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    Try hooking a Digital Voice recorder to it making a watergate of yourself. Play around with the mike gains to obtain optimal sound. Turner mics are bassy mics. If you need higher pitch tone, then either a D104 or even better a Sadelta/Galaxy Echomaster mic will give a higher pitch, try them out.

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