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I went to find the superglue but as is typical, it was old and dried up/dead.

Will find the strongest bond I can in the hardware store and fingers crossed.

Thanks for all taking this so seriously!
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Acetone is a much better/faster dissolver of superglue than soapy water.
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If it's really stuck glue probably won't work, and you risk glueing the adapter even more firmly into the clamp base. The only way I can think of of removing the adapter without damaging the plastic base is by making a spacer from a piece if metal tube and using my bolt and locknut method. If you are really desperate I can probably make you a spacer that will, hopefully, get the job done (obviously no guarantee) let me know.

FWIW, Locktite is designed to prevent a thread vibrating loose but to break when you want to unscrew it so more or less the opposite of what you are trying to achieve here.

Otherwise Shuff's rawlplug idea is probably worth a try...
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But note the overall diameter of the expanding bolt will need to be a bit less than 3/8” to fit in the hole (I’d use calipers to measure). They are normally sold by the size of the bolt that screws into the expanding jacket, so look for the jacket diameter, not the screw size.
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I think every combination of extraction method has been aired here except seeing your friendly car mechanic and asking if he has a suitably sized stud extractor. The left hand thread will bugger the adaptor but as said, cheap as.

Just an observation. I have handled mic accessories on and off for 60 years and we were always careful to fit the adaptors 'slot out'. It has only been in the last couple of years or so that I have noticed with some cheap mics the adaptors now have a slot cut both ends. WTF weren't they ALWAYS like that?

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What about a Dremel type affair to cut a new (crude) slot on the top/inside of the thread so you can use a (large) screwdriver to undo it. Don’t use WD40, it’s of limited use as a penetrating oil - Plus gas is far better.
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S2 wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 7:31 am What about a Dremel type affair to cut a new (crude) slot on the top/inside of the thread so you can use a (large) screwdriver to undo it. Don’t use WD40, it’s of limited use as a penetrating oil - Plus gas is far better.

I am fairly sure OP said the mic holder was plastic? In that case he has to be careful what kind of solvent he uses. I have never found WD-40 to attack anything.

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WD-40 attacks silicone bath sealant!
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Wonks wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 11:00 am WD-40 attacks silicone bath sealant!

HOW would one EVER find that out?! Good job too, tricky stuff to clean off.

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I have a few of these... inherited from eBay buys...

I just use a 5/8-3/8 adapter if one is needed.
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Mike, I’m not sure we are looking for a simple and elegant solution here . . .
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Breaking news people! It's out, I repeat it's out!

In the end it was simpler than I anticipated, but I think the WD40 (whilst maybe not the right thing) had helped overnight.

I basically jammed a large wide flat headed screwdriver in there as firmly as possible and applied pressure inwards whilst turning. Took a bit of oomph but it came out in the end.

Some pretty creative suggestions here though! Some easier than others.

I hear-by declare today a national holiday in celebration ;)
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siderealxxx wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 1:21 pm Breaking news people! It's out, I repeat it's out!

In the end it was simpler than I anticipated, but I think the WD40 (whilst maybe not the right thing) had helped overnight.

I basically jammed a large wide flat headed screwdriver in there as firmly as possible and applied pressure inwards whilst turning. Took a bit of oomph but it came out in the end.

Some pretty creative suggestions here though! Some easier than others.

I hear-by declare today a national holiday in celebration ;)

Great! Now, put two blades in a 12" hacksaw and cut a slot in the other end of that adaptor!

Another thing I have noticed with the cheap mic adaptors is that many are now Aluminium. I dare say the subjectivist beardy tweaks will say Brass gives a 'denser' tone but I can live with that!

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ef37a wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 1:29 pm
Great! Now, put two blades in a 12" hacksaw and cut a slot in the other end of that adaptor!

Dave.

I've gone one step further and thrown away all the ones with one slot and only kept the ones with 2 slots. Never again!
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ef37a wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 10:02 am
S2 wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 7:31 am What about a Dremel type affair to cut a new (crude) slot on the top/inside of the thread so you can use a (large) screwdriver to undo it. Don’t use WD40, it’s of limited use as a penetrating oil - Plus gas is far better.

I am fairly sure OP said the mic holder was plastic? In that case he has to be careful what kind of solvent he uses. I have never found WD-40 to attack anything.

Dave.

All sorted now. But for reference Plus gas is similar (ish) to WD40 but much better. It’s not a solvent but penetrating oil.
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siderealxxx wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 1:21 pm
I basically jammed a large wide flat headed screwdriver in there as firmly as possible and applied pressure inwards whilst turning.

Mmm, that sounds familiar. Didn't..., someone..., suggest doing just that with one jaw of the pliers two pages ago?

Anyway, sometimes the beauty is in the travelling as much as the arrival.

Well done.
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A quote from Microphone Farm: "Two slots good, one slot bad."
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Re: How to Remove Mic Thread Adapter!

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shufflebeat wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 2:19 pm
siderealxxx wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 1:21 pm I basically jammed a large wide flat headed screwdriver in there as firmly as possible and applied pressure inwards whilst turning.

Mmm, that sounds familiar. Didn't..., someone..., suggest doing just that with one jaw of the pliers two pages ago?

Anyway, sometimes the beauty is in the travelling as much as the arrival.

Well done.

Granted and I did try, but I took you very literally and tried with my pliers which were in no way sized or shaped for the task. My simple brain didn't extend this idea any further!

Had you said 'the large flat red screwdriver in the bottom kitchen drawer' then then this thread wouldn't have run to, ahem, four pages! Impressive nonetheless.

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