Mic comparison question? TLM103/Blue Lollipop

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by tnjazz, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. tnjazz

    tnjazz Active Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Hi all,

    I've made some major changes to my gear in the last few months in an effort to try something different. This leads me to the following question:

    Has anybody used both a Neumann TLM-103 and a vintage AKG 451E with the Blue (Red) lollipop capsule? I just picked up a pair of the 451s and I'm looking to expand their versatility with as many options as I can. The reviews I've read of the lollipop with the 451 body are extremely flattering and it looks like a really interesting and unique experiment for me to consider.

    Most of what I do is live on-location recording for local bands in small clubs (mostly rock and jazz), and these mics would be for room miking/stage miking (full band L+R) or occasionally close miking an instrument or two. I've used the TLM 103s very successfully for this so far, but maybe I'm just in a mood to try something different?

    Anyone ever compared the two, and if so what did you think?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. tnjazz

    tnjazz Active Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller?

    Very interested in ANY opinions on the BLUE lollipops, at least. Or even about BLUE mics in general. I'm fully aware of the whole BLUE/JZ thing, so I'm mostly curious about overall sound and build quality.

    Are these things made in Latvia or in the USA?

  3. mike_levitt

    mike_levitt Guest


    I've got the capsule, and I use it on the 451, but more often on a C60.

    It's very very good. If you're looking for a c12 kind of sound on the cheap this is not a bad way to go at all. I'm not good at describing the undescribable, but let's just say that I would take the 451/lollipop combo over the 103 any day, for just about anything. Wouldn't want to stack a bunch of track up with it, though.

    It is colored. But in a good way.

    I have no idea where it is made, or what the current situation with Blue is!

  4. mike_levitt

    mike_levitt Guest


    Another thing I think you would really enjoy is if you can find an omni capsule for your 451. It's very sweet...
  5. tnjazz

    tnjazz Active Member

    Jan 4, 2005
    Thanks Mike, that's pretty much what I thought!

    The CK2 caps for the 451's are near impossible to find, although I am always on the hunt for them!

    Anyone got a pair for sale? :shock:

    Still looking for one lollipop capsule as well; maybe two.

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