Monday, September 18, 2006

Rooster's Pair of Grampian Ribbon Microphones

If you've been following along, you already know about the Grampian which, in our case, was found to have decaying foam pieces in it after a long storage.

Such was also the case with blog frequenter Rooster from the UK, who purchased this beautiful red-labeled pair of Grampian ribbon microphones when they were new. I presume that was in the 1960's. He had made special leather satchels for his prized mics way back when, as the original red cardboard boxes they came in were too cumbersome. We have one of the boxes here, and it is indeed clunkier than necessary. After a short search, Rooster located the missing Grampians up in a cupboard. Upon close inspection Rooster also found crumblies inside, and managed to carefully clean them out. Now his pair of Grampians are performing once again, after many years.

I have asked and still do not know if there ever was a "Mr. Grampian" (or perhaps a Ms Grampian). If so, I would very much appreciate a picture of Grampian, the person. I have also heard there are some Grampian Mountains, somewhere in Scotland. Perhaps these are named after the not-so-famous pinnacles. I don't know. Something about the name Grampian reminds me of an episode from "The Goons".

If you don't know about The Goons, but like Monty Python's Flying Circus, you should check them out as they seem to have invented much of the silly humor that led to such gems as "Monty Python and the Holy Grail". robert j crowley

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