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WOW! Neumann building new U47 FET

Post by rhythm ranch » Fri Oct 10, 2014 3:56 pm

Neumann is bringing back the U47 FET: http://www.u47fet.neumann.com/content/en/index.html

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Post by Jim Williams » Sat Oct 11, 2014 9:04 am

After everyone already built a clone?
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Post by losthighway » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:49 am

I look at Neumann making a new version of a classic mic similarly to big Hollywood studios rebooting favorite childhood franchises. Why do they bother? They always seem to mess it up. Neumann has used their name and their TLM series to part many fools from their money. Which in the end, is the reason most people can't afford U47's or 67's right now anyways: they weren't able to continue the streak of good ones, so the old ones cost too much.

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Post by Jim Williams » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:11 am

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Post by GooberNumber9 » Mon Oct 13, 2014 8:27 am

If it comes with a beautiful wooden box and a signed certificate of authenticity including serial number printed on high-quality paper, it has to sound great.

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Post by mrclean » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:16 am

One has to ask - If it was so highly regarded why did they stop making it in the first place?
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Post by Nick Sevilla » Mon Oct 13, 2014 9:46 pm

Saw it at AES this past Saturday.
Could not, of course, demo it in the hall.
I'm glad they are building it again.
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Post by Recording Engineer » Mon Oct 13, 2014 10:13 pm

There are a gamut of logical reasons a company decides to stop manufacturing a particular product; even if it is a "hit".

Here's my take: This is Neumann's chance to show whether or not they still have it.

They've had quite a number of products that have a variant model number of some known vintage model of theirs; where they'll say this was inspired by that, just as other mic manufactures do.

Many people are turned-off by most everything current Neumann and especially their TLM Series. Not me. I'm mostly turned-off by the pricing. I'm alright with the pricing of most their cardioid-only mics, but that's about it. Above that, Neumann is out of my mind since there are tons of other mics I much rather have.

It's much different this time. This they're calling a reissue. If Neumann still can't do it right to the tune of $4k, then they really can't do it anymore.

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Post by JGriffin » Mon Oct 13, 2014 11:53 pm

I also saw it at AES, and they had it rigged up next to an 87 and a 67 with headphones, so you could at least talk into it on the noisy exhibitors' floor and sorta get a feel for it. Based on that limited experience ??it sounds nice. Smoother top end and warmer bottom than the 87. But y'know, again, that's two minutes on a noisy con floor with headphones I don't know well...

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Post by Jim Williams » Tue Oct 14, 2014 9:40 am

When I had a booth at AES back in the 1990's, I would tell people to "listen to the accurately reproduced quality of the crowd noise" as a selling point.
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Post by gregnrom » Mon Oct 20, 2014 7:32 pm

If it's the original design without "improvements", I'm all for it.
Having something like that new from the factory would be great compared to a 30 year old mic that's been punished by 7 million kick hits and clumsy hands.
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Post by cgarges » Tue Oct 21, 2014 9:34 am

A friend of mine checked it out at AES and asked if it was surface mount or through hole and the guys at the Neumann booth had no idea.

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Post by Randyman... » Tue Oct 21, 2014 1:10 pm

Apparently it's the real deal - Klaus Heyne already did a teardown:

http://repforums.prosoundweb.com/index. ... 604.0.html

Even had kind words about the capsule!

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Post by vvv » Wed Oct 22, 2014 1:05 pm

As a product, way beyond my pocket and even interest, but worthy of respect in the concept and execution.

As to the review itself, excellent.

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