Now that we have the 2SK170BL biased, let's finish the circuit modifications.
The circuit is the same as the MK-219, so all of the changes to the capacitors are the same.
On the left is an illustration I did to show what is where on the MK-319 board. The most critical changes are to R1 and R2, to C2 and C8. C2 is the input cap, and C8 is the signal cap to the output transformer. I put an Elna Silmic II in this position, as I did on the MK-219.
Same stuff, different locations for some components.
That relocation meant that there are very long leads going to and from that board, which degrade the signal from the capsule.
To rewire it, we need to remove the capsule mount from the main pcb.
I'm not using the bass cut, and in fact I removed the switches entirely. So I'm removing all of the factory leads and putting new, much shorter leads in from the capsule to the main board.
On the picture with the ruler, you can see the length of the factory signal lead which runs from the capsule, to the pad switch and back. It's about 175mm! That puts a lot of additional capacitance on the input which degrades the signal. A really bad idea.
The same lead on an MK-219 is about 20-25mm. That's what we'll wind up with.
The XLR connector is held on to the main pcb with two screws. Undo them, and you can access the solder connections for the output connector.
Maybe a bit overkill, but easy to do.
You can also see those two screws I mentioned that hold the XLR to the board.
Handle the capsule with care - if it gets punctured, it's ruined.
Note the red wire - that's only about 20mm long, instead of 175mm stock. It connects right at the top side of the new cap to the right of the mount.
The mods I made are:
- The top screen and body are dampened with CLR material, and the inner screen is removed
- The JFET is now a Toshiba 2SK170BL biased correctly
- The capacitors are upgraded
- The capsule and output wiring has been upgraded with Mogami wire
UPDATE 13 September 2016: Did some recording (acoustic guitar) with it. Compared to the MK-219, it's much more open, has the same bottom end, but sounds really clean, airy, spacious and sparkly on the high end. The MK-219 sounds a bit 'boxy' in comparison. I really like it.