any experiences about t.bone mics?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by tBa, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. tBa

    tBa Guest

    Hi everyone,

    here goes my first post. The search was down so i was unable to se wheter this subject has came up earlier, but here goes. I'm planning about buying myself a set of microphones. As a stundent i'm a dirt poor, and as we all know 'cheap' and 'mics' won't go too easy on a same sentence. Howerver the german companyThomann offers the t.bone line. These mics are a bargain, but are they any good? As it's a german store, it's difficult to try these things out, and i don't seem to know anyone owning any of these. So, if you know anything about these, i'd be really grateful.

    Once again, sorry if this subject has come up earlier.

  2. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

  3. tBa

    tBa Guest

    Your point being? Shures got nothing to do with t.bone mics?
  4. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Sorry, no knowledge of t.bone mics?

    I believe the SM57 reference was to the fact that "quality" does not have to be expensive... It's fairly safe to say that as many SM57's as needed to cover whatever(Instrument/vocal) one is recording could suffice for some very good recordings - that's all. And, again, while I don't know of the t.bone, series, SM57's, at around 90 bucks US, are, in my mind, pretty inexpenvie, if not "cheap"...

  5. tBa

    tBa Guest

    As I agree that Shures, especially the 57 and 58 are a good buy- this topic wasn't about shures, but t.bones. I'm familiar with shures and their price, and theres a bunch of topics about those, i'm sure, but none about the t.bones, that's why I started this one.

    For the price, $90 will buy you a 1" membrane condenser t.bone which ain't that bad either, pricewise. I was palnning about recording brass instruments and mostly tuba/trombone, so 57/58's won't do. If you got any other suggestions, please post.
  6. Davedog

    Davedog Distinguished Member

    Dec 10, 2001
    Pacific NW
    Ya got me.....Looks like they're Chinese condensers and probably a lot like a bunch of em.

    This is a 'buyer beware' situation. Are they a bargain? Only if they work well. A piece of crap is still a piece of crap at any price.

    Studio Projects makes a great line of inexpensive mics, they're well known throughout the world, they back their products and they sound good..

    The KEL HM-1 is a great value mic. Would work well on brass.

    Looking for specific info about an unknown piece of gear, not finding it , and having an attitude towards others trying to help doesnt get you many friends.

    BTW...SM57's work on long as you have the skills and the room to use em in.
  7. TeddyG

    TeddyG Well-Known Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Here are two "user reviews", from Harmony Central's, site, which I got by Googling "t.bone mics reviews".

  8. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Feb 23, 2005
    Not very impressive, are they? They were compared to a Marshall mic, and they have always LOOKed a lot better than they SOUND...
    BTW, I mixed a Latino big band from Miami last weekend. My mic cases were "detoured" by the airline ( I got em back Monday) and I had to use the ubiquitous SM57s/ 58s that the local sound company had. No ATM823s and ATM825s that I like to use on the brass section. Put the 58s in front of the 'bones and trumpets, 57s on the saxes. They all worked better than I had expected. Sure (pun intended!) they didn't have the low end the 825 can provide, but they held their own pretty well. And the band was blastin'.
    Back to the Tbones...1 was a ribbon ( go ahead and blast a 'bone into THAT!), the other was a non-descript LDC. Nothing special. I would save the bucks for an ADK or a SP or an Audio-Technica. And get a '57 or a KEL in the interim.
  9. bluesdudeo

    bluesdudeo Active Member

    Aug 25, 2005
    Bodmin moor, Cornwall UK
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    I have a case of t bone mic's for recording drums and I still use them ocaisionally but if you can get 57 58 and audio tech kit
  10. barnee

    barnee Active Member

    Nov 29, 2005
    I use a paire of T-Bone RB500.
    Those are ribbon mics.

    Quite good on high volume instruments such as guitar amps, drums and acoustic guitars (rhyhtmic played).
    but weak on acoustic guitars "finger picking".

    I used a pair of them to track a drum kit. the ribbon was set as overhead, and I've put another mic (ElectroVoice) on the kick drum.
    The result is nice to me.
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