Lewitt, Stam, Warm, AKG's own, thoughts on which you prefer and why?
Personal favorite is a C414EB with the teflon capsule replaced with a brass. Why? The weight in the tone. PLus, still has the sparkle of a C12a 412 or early 414.
I think your best bet is still a real Teflon EB and a Tim Campbell CK12. Honestly in the world of mics it’s still a bargain. The only thing that came close that I have used is the Lawson 251 head on the FET body, but it just wasn’t as open, it always felt like it was voiced more for vocals rather than the do everything utility of a 414. Now take that mic and send it to Jim Williams and it suddenly becomes one of the worlds best mics for finger picking guitar.
Yeah It’s funny about a week ago I got a email about Peluso’s take on the EB and I priced out buying an EB vs the Peluso, figured either would need one of Tim’s CK12’s and it was why bother with the Peluso? I think this brings up another point at what point is it not worth the savings of a budget clone vs highend clone or the real deal ? I mean at some point we will see a KT 160x for $179 but I can get the real thing at that price.
The clones I would buy today would probably be CAPI, AML Audio Scape, Heritage Vintech and maybe Warm. Mostly for the way they do buisness as much as for the sound.
Everything I have read states they are. Them and one other manufacturer use the same capsule.
I think I know who you might be referring to. I pass on capsules from Jina at this time whenever possible... preferring ones from Tim, Shannon, Danny and company.
Yeah that’s the problem with most affordable clone mics, the capsule is 90% of the sound but why spend money on that? I mean the looks and brand name parts are where it’s at! I do have a Thirsch Capsule laying around that I find myself wondering what it would sound like in a Warm 47, but then I think that I would want to send it to Shannon anyway so why bother?
Are Peluso products that bad? I hear a lot of disrespect here, but I've never used one.
They are similar to advanced audio’s offerings. They are a bit more polished than advanced audio, with circuits closer to the originals, but with liberties. They are solid, dependable mics, but overal they are more open with less low end than a more expensive clone, or their vintage counterparts. They get you in the ball park, but you’re not exactly sitting near the field.
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Post by Bob Olhsson on Nov 30, 2018 19:23:41 GMT -6
Back in the day nobody bought anything without a several weeks demo to figure out if the new product improved anything over what the studio already had. Stuff that flunked that test disappeared while the gear that passed is now considered "classic." The original idea of the Distressor was to make an 1176 replacement available after new ones had disappeared from the market.
The new Peluso P414 actually sounds nice. Like most Peluso Mics it’s a tad brighter than it’s vintage counterpart. I’d love to hear it next to AKG’s current offering. That would be more important to me than how it compares to the original if you’re looking to get a pair for your studio.