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a 1968 u87, a silver c414eb, or other

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by andrewfrommontreal, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. I went over to a friend's studio that is selling alot of older microphones. Amongst them was a 1968 u87i, an AKG c414EB (silver), and a Sony c37a. I spent two hours trying these mics along with their Microtech Gefell um92 1.s. (which blew the socks off every microphone there in terms of detail, depth, and high-end openness and gentleness - even the Sony c37a). Unfortunately, I can't afford that mic right now.

    The reason I am writing is that I am wondering firstly whether $1000CAN (ie around$950US) is a good price for either the U87 or the C414 - both in great working condition. Secondly, neither of the microphones as is would really do the job for the warmth I would like in my new microphone. I would plan to get them modified. Am I better off spending the money on the purchase and the mod, or would I be better off buying something more in the upper range of microphones (ie cost of one of the mics + the modification)?

    If it means anything to know, I now own a couple of AT4047's, a couple of SM81's. I do have an AMAZING Lang Electronics PEQ-2 though, which I picked up at this same studio. Does wonders for warmer signals up before being digitized.

    Thanks for any thoughts on all of this.

  2. BRH

    BRH Active Member

    If it was me, I'd get the 414EB. I love that mic, and hate all other 414s that came after it.
    Get a 3 mic discount.
  3. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    What a Dilemma!

    Everyone of those mics are fine examples of sound reproducers.

    I LOVE the older U87's. I have one. It is not an overly bright mic in comparison to newer U87's but it has a load of 'air' in it. Like BRH, the 414EB is the only 414 mic I have ever liked. The C37a is simply something that a great mic collection connot be without...its one of those mics that seems to work when nothing else will.

    I think you've already made your choice but the cost is keeping you away from it.

    I dont have a ready answer for you though a modded U87 kinda gets me going personally.

    Good luck....Maybe make a deal on the Gefell.
  4. thanks for the words. the gefell was unfortunately not for sale. and the sony mic is probably going to be going for $3k. i am going to check to see if the c414eb has the brass-ringed capsule and eventually have it modded by someone like klaus heyne. i have heard wonderful things about his work. thanks again.
  5. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Klaus is the one of the best in the world for this.

    A mod on the U87 by him will be an incredible way to go also.
  6. droc8705

    droc8705 Active Member

    correct me if i'm wrong, but wasn't the 414eb a budget mic when it came out? i've had a lot of confusion in mixing up which 414 is which but i could've sworn a buddy of mine said that they shouldn't be more than like $500 US. am i right in my thoughts?
  7. the deal with the c414eb is that the early ones were made with the same capsule as the c12. these are worth getting if the capsule is in good shape.
  8. droc8705

    droc8705 Active Member

    oh ok cool...thanks for clearing that up for me


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