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u87 u67 and more looking for the best clone

Discussion in 'Pro Audio Equipment' started by XYZ, Mar 17, 2006.

  1. XYZ

    XYZ Guest

    i m a big fan of all those vintage mics
    i had the chance to record with some of the best and most expensive mics in the world< thank you emi> but would not want to spend the money to buy one of them today because they are rather expensive
    i m looking for the best or closest copy/clone of a
    u87 < the original>
    u47 '
    and few others from ther brands i can t think of.
    now that should be interesting
  2. TVPostSound

    TVPostSound Guest

    Here ya go:

  3. atlasproaudio

    atlasproaudio Active Member

    Yep, Soundelux make great mics. The aren't really exact 'clones', they stand on their own right, but are heavily inspired by the classics. They are differentiated based on customer feedback and needs that are sometimes different from the originals, and the firsthand knowledge of their designer David Bock (who was the Ocean Way/Cello tech for years). Also for the money I've been very impressed with the CharterOak tube mics. If you want an exact copy of an original, get an original. If you want an excellent sounding tool that will work well in a professional situation then there are a few great options.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Just find an original VF-14 tube, connect that to an MXL capsule.

    Better ideas in the nude
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. Fruition2k

    Fruition2k Active Member

    Posted this 4 years ago or so on a different group compairing a few mics talked about. The U87 was an early 80's and had just been back from Neumann so it was up to spec.
    Test was done through an Amek Hendrix the U195 had a bit more top and was very close to the 87.

    "I strongly agree about U195 already mentioned...I compared one next to a U87 and C12VR, my friend and I liked the top end better on the U195 for the female vocal (soprano) we were working on. The fat switch also adds just the right amount bottom and is probably very close to what
    your looking for. "

    Hope that helps....
  6. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Give the MXL M3 a try.

    It's their verison of the sound of the old U67. It's really quite nice, I've gotten some amazing stuff out of it.
  7. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    You know, I'm really wondering why none of the tube condenser manufacturers have released any tube microphone with an original EF 86 Pentode tube, like the U67 has? All right, so it has a little more noise than a dual Triode but it has a completely different sound. Now if anybody can enlighten me regarding this, I would certainly welcome it.

    No tube tops for me
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  8. XYZ

    XYZ Guest


    i will try the mx
    thank you
    what about the rode?
    or the c1?
    any comments?
  9. JoeH

    JoeH Well-Known Member

    Terry; Great website. Loved the pics. (You guys made Cinderella look like wimps! )

    Let me know what you think of the M3. It sounded great on everything I tried it with - every kind of vocal did well with it, from screaming, yelling gospel to soulful ballads to very hot sopranos. (Not the HBO Sopranos, of course!)

    REmy - I could be wrong, but isn't the issue with the U67 simply GETTING those tubes nowadays? (Or am I thinking of something else?)

    Memory isn't all we remember it to be......
  10. XYZ

    XYZ Guest


    i ll go to guitar center and se if i can try one
    lately i have been using a t3 made by studio projects
    but i m looking for more mics for aother sounds maybe the m3 will do
    i have always loved those old mics 87 67 etc ,etc etc
    i used them over and over again but they are so expensive
    i m also condering soundelux
    or rode
    thank you for the compliments :)
  11. Fruition2k

    Fruition2k Active Member

    I remember David Bock saying there arent sufficient quantites
    of EF86/806s tubes that are up to microphone spec. Too many rejects as well as prices being higher than they should.
    Didnt the original U95 he created have a EF806?

    Neumann might have some EF86's in stock, they reissued the U67
    in 1992-1993 and used up many of the left over parts to make a few hundred 67's...Audio Techniques in NYC had a batch. My old roommate Mike Fossenkemper went through all the 67's they had and picked the best two....
  12. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Guest

    Hmmm Joe, I think Dean just set me straight. I wasn't sure if that EF 86 tube was still available? I purchased one for my U67s that were made by Sylvania after I first purchased those microphones and even 20 years ago, those did sound like crap! I removed them and put the old ones back in that are still in there. Both are still in rather good condition but one is starting to have power supply problems and so I have even considered liquidating them? I could still get a pretty penny for those and after hearing a Rode tube, which I thought sounded rather good, I would certainly consider getting a pair of those as a replacement?

    A wealth of junk
    Ms. Remy Ann David

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