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I don't know if this is true for every mic/mount combination, but definitely the weight of the mic needs to be balanced by the 'springiness' of the mount. If they're mis-matched it doesn't work so well. From a recent question on this site, I tried jamming a $3,000 U87 into a $3 shock mount from a cheap Chinese mic. It looks kind of OK, but it rings like a ...

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