Rode serial number dating

12 Feb

So, I'm pretty sure I have the dinosaur, which is said to be the real deal. It begs for compression, else a more intimate (or deeper) tone. I'm about to match it up with a Presonus Eureka mic pre channel strip, so maybe I'll get to hear it through new ears. It did not give serial number info but, iirc, did have some description of some of the manufacturing changes.From Doc: Here's a little bit of info for you guys. I used the letter A to signify 1990, so A - XXXX would be an amp built in 1990. The mic I own has no Rode label on the face of the cylinder.It's obviously the Rode NT1, yet is not stamped like the ones you see in the photos. Upon closer inspection, a black ring at the base of the mic cylinder bears: "Rode NT1/ Made in Australia / Ser. 41693" --- the serial number is hand-scripted and required a magnifying glass for me discern it. Hates it when I belt out my vocals and get cranked in the high range. Hopefully you're still around, and maybe others will pick it up the thread. When it comes to wasting time, I am a professional. The RODE site used to have a "history of the NT1" type story, but they have since taken it down.

Peter Rongsted did a lot of work linking the camera names used by Prochnow, Parker and Evans. The following charts are mainly based on Prochnow’s and Rongsted’s work.

So all E-models (E, E2 and E3) are grouped together although E2 and E3 models were produced concurrent with F-models resulting in higher serial numbers and later production dates.

In the camera industry it is common practise to allocate numbers blocks based on production plans.

I love this mic and would never give it up, even though I've bought several other more expensive mics since. Two of them have a serial number starting with the letter "B".

It would be interesting to hear if Jim Williams, who I believe is the mic's designer, has anything to say about these serials #'s. Was looking on the web too, if there's a difference between them.