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Given everyone (almost) would like an original Neumann U47 in new condition. Whatever "new" means, it ain't gonna happen for everybody that wants one. Yet there is a respectable body of production of serious claimants to the title of successor. Klaus has stated that one of his criteria for a superb mic is its abilty to draw one in and become emotionally involved in the performance presented, and that nothing he has heard yet does that as well as a U47 in good operating condition.
Accepting that, what comes closest? I am looking for a recommendation. Yes, I know, I should listen and judge for myself. Considering the number of choices, that would take a very long time, and I seek the collective experience of this forum as an efficient solution. And as a practical approach that isn't possible, because options to do so are non-existent where I live, and the last time I was in the same room as a U47 was 50 years ago. I presently have a small collection of mics that some will likely disparage, but can give pleasing results in various circumstances.
A response is most helpful from those who have had meaningful experience with U47's as well as the current generation of serious mics, and can make a recommendation based on experience, not from the same internet literature that I read. I know a few representives of the current producers of serious mics hang out here (and yes I have some of your mics already) so in the interest of objectivity your abstention in this matter may be in order.
Thanks in advance.
Last Edited By: Mickeyrouse Dec 24 15 12:31 PM. Edited 1 time