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Miniature Pseudo-SASS Array

In August 2012, after toying with the idea for a couple years, I built myself a sweet little mini SASS-like array fitted with Primo EM172 mic capsules. The proportions are approximately similar to Rob Danielson's PBB2N design... scaled down by about half.

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Because of its tiny size, the arrival-time differential between the two mics is limited. To help compensate somewhat, I decided to use wood for the nose instead of closed-cell foam. Bottom line: I'm impressed by how "big" this little contraption sounds. It seems to exhibit many characteristics of its full-sized cousins.

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This little project was nothing more than a brief exercise in curiosity and novelty. In fact, the images above are all that's left of my mini-SASS. Despite intense interest from readers of the Nature Recordists e-mail forum, I ended up burning the wood in an excellent campfire and re-deploying the mic capsules into a much sweeter-sounding mini winged array. I'm happy I did the experiment. Many previous impressions confirmed. Curiosity satisfied.

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