Nuemann Mics

I’m not a huge fan of vintage gear any more. Mostly because it’s rarely maintained well enough for a given device to perform at it’s original design. But also because the vintage design doesn’t fit applications as well as it did 30-50 years ago. Most vintage gear doesn’t have enough signal to noise for a modern recording – having trouble reaching 65db-70db s/n. We phased analaog tape out of existence because 75db-80db was “too” noisy.

So for the most part, I’d prefer a modern U-87 when needed. With that said, there are certain situattions where a vintage U-87 is the perfect mic.