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JTS CX520D mic
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3 posts
Jan 22, 2021
8:55 PM
I have several harp mics but I recently bought a JTS cx520D
and it has a really weak volume. However I love the feel and shape of this thing. The volume knob is on the back and the cord comes out toward the back as well. Does anyone know how much trouble it would be to put another hotter element in this mic or does anyone know who can do it for me?
60 posts
Jan 22, 2021
9:42 PM
Try an impedance matching transformer. ??
5 posts
Jan 24, 2021
11:21 AM
Thought of that but the cx520d comes with a 1/4 inch jack and all the impedance transformers I've seen are xlr to 1/4 inch jack and into the amp. Even with a Lone Wolf Clean Cat boost the mic is still weak. I think a hotter element is the only way to make this mic usable. JTS really came up with a nice shape for this mic but the element is just too weak.
3306 posts
Jan 24, 2021
4:20 PM
I'm going to guess Facebook has gear pages and forums. No doubt someone there can put a nice hi-z element in that shell for you. Not hard if you have a soldering iron and some shrink wrap but you do need to know the inside diameter of the mic shell and buy accordingly.
Music and travel destroy prejudice.




262 posts
Jan 24, 2021
11:40 PM
Not sure where you're located, but it's easy enough to change elements. The key is getting the right element. I'd recommend checking with Mark Overman (San Jose, CA). He typically has a very good selection of elements and he does high quality installation work (see email contact form on my website). Contact me if you're interested. I'll show you pictures of his work and put you in touch.

Last Edited by BnT on Jan 24, 2021 11:48 PM
110 posts
Jan 25, 2021
4:44 AM
According the specifications, this model is 600 ohms (low-Z), so you'll need a matching transformer, a DI box, or even a preamp like an Art Tube.
The old Shure Green bullet element fit most shells, or a buletinni element.

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