Here's my list, weighted somewhat toward houses that cater to broadcast.
I tend to order from Bradley and Full Compass the most--based mostly on
price after calling around and consistent positive customer service
experiences with both:
B & H
Broadcast Supply Worldwide
eBay has been hit and miss for me with electronics for me. Two years ago
work bought a wonderful Dragon for a reasonable price--but with a freaking
heck of a lot of anxiety on my part so I don't know if I'd do it again.
For myself, I picked up a very nice set of Sennheiser 421 II mics
(sequential serial #s and everything) for a song, a solid SL-1200 too--but
everything else--stereo amps, a few mics--has been totally screwed up in
one way or another. I've never been burned so to speak, just
My one piece of advice: when buying used gear off eBay if the seller
doesn't state it outright one way or the other, ask if the equipment has
been used in a smokey environment. I bought a mic a few months ago and
neglected to stress this point with the seller. Damn thing reeks of
cigarettes, which pretty much renders it useless as a interview mic.
Unless I'm interviewing a heavy smoker, I suppose.
Vermont Folklife Center
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