Geistnote's version has arrived!
If you are trying to replace a ribbon in an older microphone, this might be the tool for you.
The deluxe crimper is great because it has two sets of gears. Both sets of gears allow you to create ribbons with more corrugations per inch and corrugations that are shallower than those created by the tube wringer (401). If you have ever looked at an Oktava ribbon or some other older ribbons, the corrugations are shallower and are higher in count than most newer designs.
Tips For Corrugating Ribbons of 1.8µm to 2.5µm
- Buy some tracing paper or use regular printer paper if you are having problems with the tracing paper. Tracing paper is great because you can see the ribbon through the paper. You might need to double up the tracing paper. Also, tracing paper has a low static friction coefficient so be careful when moving it around. The ribbon can slide out.
- Cut small strips of the tracing paper and fold it in half.
- Unfold the paper and place the ribbon inside the paper at the fold and make sure it is laying straight.
- Fold the paper again so the paper is on both sides of the ribbon. One edge (length not width) of the Ribbon should be at the fold.
- Place one end of the paper into the deluxe crimper.
- Try to make sure that the fold in the paper is perpendicular (tangent) to the gears. You want the ribbon to be as symmetrical as possible. If the ribbon is at an angle when you place it in the deluxe crimper you will get corrugations that are at an angle.
- Turn the handle. Done!
- Great for thin Aluminum Foil Ribbons used for Ribbon Microphones
- Great for creating beautiful patterns on sheet metal and wire
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I was a little leery that something this inexpensive could actually work. Not only did it work, but it worked great! There's a "knack" to using it, but once you get the hang of it, it works like a charm, and produces perfect corrugations.
Works best if you fasten the unit to your table with tape, leaving two hands free to handle the ribbon and turn the corrugator.
Nice piece, you get two different size of crimps, I run the ribbon thru the large gears, back it out and run it thru the small gears, back it out. Mount it in the motor with minimal effort, this procedure works for me. Used the geistnote 2.5 micron foil. I mounted the crimper vertical using a bench vise clamping the crimper in the area where the written instructions are printed.
Brilliant little tool, can't wait to try it. Just a little stiff initially. Probably needs a tiny amount of lubricant on the bearing surface. (obviously keeping the gears clean)
Who does this!!! A very well designed unit for a VERY specific use. AND at a very reasonable price! You guys are the BEST!
The tube wringer made too loose a pattern for my small element Reslo, but this crimper is perfect! I would recommend the tube wringer for Large ribbon motors only and this for all others!
I think the corrugated is perfect. The resultant sound, with the aluminum foil and the GN-C36 1:36 is very pro: clear, powerful and rich in colors. The crimper is very easy to use and it gives perfect amount of teeth. Very, very nice.
Hey, Kevin isn't asking much for this tool. And considering the price it is great! Two sets of gears so it handles multiple mics. Do you have to be super careful guiding the ribbon through straight? Yes, but it works!
First, I want to be 100% clear, this device is a bargain. It can do both high and low density corrugations for a very cheap price. My only criticism is that it doesn't have a guide to make sure the ribbon is totally square as it passes through the device. Once again, this is the best corrugator on the market. I am personally willing to pay much more for a highly machined device, but nobody other than LM Watts and theres is special order and very expensive, over $1,000. So well done Geistnote!