Tam, on flashlights: "Sure, there are some good lights coming out of the Far East these days, but people don't understand -- the Surefire is my constant companion light, in my turse, my winter coat pocket, in my car. I've demo'd these things by pounding nails with them on -- incandescent versions!"
RX: "So, it's a go-to light, always ready-- Hey! They sell E-V 635 microphones by hammering nails with them, too. I wonder--"
Wonder no longer. There is, of course, a tactical black version of the 635 -- with an uprated rare-earth magnet, no less! And in all seriousness, if you need a mic that simply will work, that's the one. Probably still the go-to microphone of combat/riot journalism: it's a mic, a billy club and even an emergency earphone! (The latter trick terrifies the overcautious, and you really should turn the volume down before plugging into the headphone jack of your iThing, but it works a treat).
YANKEE RADIO TOOL KIT, #106
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