I'm this close to buying Josephson C42's

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jahtao, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. jahtao

    jahtao Guest


    I am day or two away from buying two Josephson C42's. Should i do it? Speak now or forever hold your peace.

    I have never heard these mics and I am majorly put off buy the 4dB peak at 6kHz. I want them firstly for acoustic guitar, and i prefer a mellow, mid range warm sound to a toppier one (like my last set of acoustic recordings with AKG 2000B's) the 6k thing seems more like a drum overhead thing. I figure i'll just cut 6k in the mix if i dont like it. But it might make tracking tricky... mic placement etc.

    I want 2 quality SDC's. I can't afford the really nice stuff, Gefell's etc. And dont want to but any more cheap stuff. And there doesn't seem to be anything else. So wud u go for the Josephsons ($899 from Atlas)

    Be well
  2. Reggie

    Reggie Well-Known Member

    Dec 20, 2004
    I did. From the same place too. I honestly wouldn't have thought there was a 6k peak except for you telling me there is. At any rate, I don't find them harsh at all. I think they even fall slightly in the dark category in the one diagram that the listening sessions (?) did.
    The really came into their own through some decent pres (SCA J99's). I have recorded some decent acoustic guitar with them, but I don't think I have anything up on the intranet anywhere right now to listen to. I think they are a good deal, but I can't say whether you will like them.
  3. FifthCircle

    FifthCircle Well-Known Member

    Feb 12, 2001
    Los Angeles, CA
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    They have a bit of a peak to them, but they sound way better than anything else in that price range... I sold my KM184's after buying these.

  4. Midlandmorgan

    Midlandmorgan Active Member

    Jul 21, 2002
    Have a pair, use them all the time...everything from overheads to choir recordings to acoustic guitars to whatever....
  5. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    thanks so much for the replies will order tomorrow can't wait. Man if these mics are even half as good as people say they are...
    ... i can't remember when i last read such consistently positive comments about an audio product... hope i join the Jospehson fan club too.
    thanks again
    be super
  6. tnjazz

    tnjazz Active Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Jahtao, if you'd consider buying a used matched pair, Email me. I know someone who has a pair for sale for under $700.

    tnjazzgrass AT yahoo dotcom
  7. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    wud consider buying used pair but i live in the uk and am flying to new york in a couple of days for a week and coming back with the mics so unless they are in central NY i'll have to pass (let me know: maphubaird at hotmail dot com). Why he's selling them? Too toppy?
    thanks for the input
  8. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    oh sorry just spotted your email address mate, will get at you
  9. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Guest

    I agree, I've seldom heard a product that has gained so much praise as the Josephsons. I don't recall anyone saying anything bad about them anywhere. I'm virtually sold on a pair of C42's but the Microtech Gefell C300 is roughly the same price and equally well thought of, hmmmm tricky.
  10. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Guest

    Another option is to get one of each as I have a pair of Schoeps for stereo recording. Anybody have any thoughts?
  11. jahtao

    jahtao Guest

    Yo 'nado, Josephson's r majorly cheap in the usa ($400 each) and more expenssive in the uk (£375 each) last time i checked... makes Gefell's look kinda outta my reach (£1150 for pair from digital village)... I just might bring back an extra set from the states... for some lucky fellow.

    : ) ah ordering the buggers tonight, almost as much fun as using 'em

  12. maintiger

    maintiger Well-Known Member

    Dec 3, 2003
    Whittier, California, USA
    the C42's are on my short list as well...
  13. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Guest

    Hi Jahtao. The Gefells are £405 inc VAT from Thomann in Germany, only £15 postage too and no import duty. Works out at £825, a LOT cheaper than Digital Village :D
  14. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Guest

    I was planning on doing a trip to the states at some point when i've got the money to stock my mic cupboard and was hoping to save enough money on mics that the holiday would be free :D

    EV RE20's are so cheap, $300 compared to £800 in the UK also Shure SM81's which I worked out were in between a third and a quarter of the price in the States compared to the UK. Man we seem to pay through the nose for everyhing over here.
  15. TornadoTed

    TornadoTed Guest

    I just did a mega quick scan on the net and got these prices converting £1.00 to $1.60

    Shure SM81 - USA £188 - UK £329 - Saving of £141
    EV RE20 - USA £274 - UK £666 - Saving of £392
    Josephson C42 - USA £250 - UK £375 - Saving of £125

    That's a total saving of £658 just on those 3 mics, imagine getting 2 of each which would go nicely in my collection :D

    Gotta get some money and do it :roll:
  16. gbzbskeletor

    gbzbskeletor Guest

    and where is a RE-20 300 bucks? cheapest i can find online is 400.

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