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The Amberwood Reflector

Designed especially for natural history sound recording, the fibre glass parabolic reflector is available in 20 inch (51cm) diameter with a 5 inch (12.75cm) focal length, weighing approximately 2lbs 4ozs (1kg) without a microphone.

An 18inch (46cm) version is also available with the same specification.

Picture of the Amberwood Reflector showing the microphone mounting
Amberwood reflector

Comes complete with microphone mount, tripod bracket, handle for hand held use and a bonnet type windshield to cover the whole unit.

The aluminium microphone frame is easily adjusted or removed for carriage. An elastic suspension will accept different microphones and reduces handling noise. The frame acts as a tent pole over which the windshield is slung.

Anti-shock mounted bracket offers mounting onto a standard photographic tripod, or use by hand with the easily connected handle. If you intend obtaining a new tripod it is recommended to use one which has the quick-release video head. This has a small pin forward of the screw which can be located into the hole of the bracket on the Parabolic reflector. Instructions for use- It will be necessary to attach the bracket to the reflector dish with the bolts and nuts provided. The rubber grommets in the bracket and dish should be left in place to act as anti-shock mounts. The microphone faces towards the dish and is slipped between the elastic on the frame, which when twisted several times holds it in position. The stem of the frame passes through the ferrule in the centre of the dish. To give free entry to the stem, slightly loosen the rubber-covered nut at the back. When the nut is tightened the stem will be held firm and is released by slackening the nut. Inside the nut is an "olive"; if this is out of alignment, difficulty may be experienced when inserting the stem. To cure this remove the rubber-covered nut and olive, pass the stem through the ferrule in the centre of the dish and slip on the ?olive? and replace nut. Do not tighten or loosen the rubber-covered nut more than necessary to fix or remove frame. (NB: for ease of packing the rubber-covered back nut and the ?olive are placed on the stem of the microphone mount. There is also a spare olive on the other end of the microphone mount- a good place to store it!)

The microphone frame must be adjusted to bring the diaphragm of the microphone onto the focal point of the reflector. This is achieved by sighting across the rim and setting the diaphragm of the microphone in line with the rim.

Any spare length of stem on the microphone mount which protrudes from the back of the dish may then be cut if desired, but please bear in mind that different microphones may require different lengths of stem. Another option would be to cover the protruding metal with something which is easily removed, as necessary, such as cork.

Once the microphone and frame is in place, the microphone cable should be brought to clip on the inside rim of the dish, then round and upwards through the clip on the back surface. The cable then falls clear of the hand to the recorder. The windshield can now be added.

Currently the Amberwood Reflector is out of production. We will post details here, as and when the position changes.

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