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    Ya, but I'd think length and finish wouldn't be that hard to change if you already have the machines to fabricate 945s...

    Just depends if the the counterfeiters see a big enough market to bother...
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    I own 3 MKH 416 mics. The first one I bought was used, loved it and wanted to buy more. Then I started hearing about counterfeits which got me really paranoid. I saw a great deal on ebay from a trusted seller that I couldn't pass up on. When I recieved the mic I opened up the capsule and it looked very different than the one I already owned. I was convinced the new one was a counterfeit and contacted the seller insisting that they allow me to return the mic and get my money back. They pushed back so I looked into it some more. I then contacted Sennhieser and they were able to confirm that both my mics were genuine and that the circuitry just looked different over the years. I really made an ass out of myself and felt terrible for accusing the seller of a fake...probably one of the worst things you can do is accuse someone of doing something dishonest. Lesson learned the hard way.
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    Ya, Sennheiser redesigned the 416 in the late 90s, mainly adding more surface-mount stuff (IIRC); don't think they've redesigned it more than once.

    But the insides of (at least one line of) fake 416s look really different. Check out the pix on Pete Verrando's site (I link to it above). One of the pix:

    Fake 416 on top, real one below:
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    I just got a Sennheiser e945 and compared that to my MD46 and I know now for sure that my MD46 is the real deal. The capsule looks almost identical to the e945.


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    I got offered a Shure 545 from a Chinese factory, and had never seen a counterfeit of this model before so bought it. The 545 was my very first microphone, which I got in 1974, and the counterfeit is a very, very poor copy. The wrong colour black, and the most awful lightweight material. The aluminium tube is much finer and lighter, the switch totally different, and the grill a different size mesh at the sides. It sounds normal for a cheap dynamic cartridge, but nothing is remotely similar to a Shure 545.


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    Quote Originally Posted by J.Brown View Post
    I just got a Sennheiser e945 and compared that to my MD46 . The capsule looks almost identical to the e945.
    Could very well be the same capsule, but the ports and such could be different. Sennheiser specifies the e945 as a Super-cardioid, OTOH the MD46 is listed as cardioid. I have used an MD46 (interview mic) and the pattern seems wider and more 'forgiving' than a typical 'live performance' type cardioid mic. i.e., Shure SM58 and Sennheiser e835.
    I have not read of any MD46 counterfeits. probably because it is not a 'main stream' popular item.
    OTOH, SM58 counterfeits and 'clones' are more than abundant.


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