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help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

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help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by darinmarx » Thursday, 17 September 2015, 14:27 PM

I just received a GE 558 Superbase and it has a Bad Mic. I was looking for some help locating a good replacement for it. Does anybody repair the old stand up Mics? Thanks for any help, I am very new to this and would love to get this up and running.


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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by MDYoungblood » Friday, 18 September 2015, 9:18 AM

Hello darinmarx,
Welcome to the forum. If I remember the GE SuperBase came with a handheld microphone so the desk mic was an add on. Now what we need to know is what mic is it. If it is not repairable you could always get an aftermarket microphone wired to the radio. Check out some of the sponsor sites for a mic.
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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by darinmarx » Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 4:57 AM

Thanks for the info Greg. The mic is a Astatic D-104. It may be repairable but I have limited contacts for this type of work. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by Rabbit Ears » Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 6:58 AM

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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by MDYoungblood » Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 8:42 AM

Most times it's dirty contacts in the grip bar or a broken wire solder joint. They aren't that hard to take apart as long as your careful. If you do, real fine emery cloth on the contacts, touch up the solder joints and spray them with contact cleaner (DeOxIt). Could also be a broken wire in the plug, I see that a lot too.

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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by Rabbit Ears » Wednesday, 23 September 2015, 11:38 AM

I use 1600 grit wet or dry sandpaper, and give the contacts a shot of de-oxit. We are ready to go.
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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by darinmarx » Friday, 25 September 2015, 14:05 PM

Thanks for the great information. I Repair watches for a living so I hope I can figure out the four wires. Wish me luck and thanks to everyone that helped me.

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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by MDYoungblood » Saturday, 26 September 2015, 6:33 AM

Being a watch repairman working on those large components in the mic should be a piece of cake. My BIL (now deceased) was a watch repairman too, his handle was "Seiko1" and the funny thing was he used a GE SuperBase in his shack, what a coincidence.

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Re: help with a Mic for a GE 558 Superbase

Post by Rabbit Ears » Saturday, 26 September 2015, 9:18 AM

Just cleaned the contacts of my D-104. I used 1600 grit wet or dry sandpaper to clean my contacts, and deoxit to give them a very light bath. Used paper to dry between the contacts. And reassembled the mic.

No scratchiness and irregular audio upon keying....perfect!

-- Sat Sep 26, 2015 10:19 am --
Rabbit Ears wrote:Just cleaned the contacts of my D-104. I used 1600 grit wet or dry sandpaper to clean my contacts, and deoxit to give them a very light bath. Used paper to dry between the contacts. And reassembled the mic.

No scratchiness and irregular audio upon keying....perfect!
Read the Constitution.
FREEDOM and USA FOREVER
STAND UP FOR THE FLAG!!!

President Grant DX four button (1983 model) PC-999 *in my truck*
President HR2600 (PRIMARY BASE)
President HR2510 (backup base) *solar powered*
K40 magmount
Microphones: Turner +3 *two of them* Turner Super Side Kick
Palomar TX-150 amp
RM Italy KL300P (A/B modded)
BIRD 43P
Sirio Tornado 27 5/8 wave antenna

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