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Re: U87 Repair Details
Author: Trahern Jordan
Date: 09/11/2012
Thanks for the response.

My opinion, having the same mic body with 2 interchangeable capsules available (one new and one original), is that the issue I'm referring to when I say the new capsules sound 'hard' isn't related to the frequency response, gain or dynamic range. All these things could co-exist in different capsules and still have different tonalities and timbres.

I'm referring to something that can only be perceived by comparing the two and noticing the 'softness' or 'naturalness' of the original capsule as compared to the new capsule. Whether a Neumann technician can perceive this is solely dependent on if they are aware that the original capsules have this quality and are listening for it when making an observation of the new capsule.

For me, this is what has always made Neumann microphones a (large) cut above the rest; their ability to have a natural and smooth tone that cuts thru mixes and sounds 'just right' when you hear them. The new capsule makes my mic sound like an electronic device that transmits sound thru other electronic devices. The old one sounds like the source more to me.

I'm sorry to say that I really do believe that something has changed in the manufacturing of the k87 capsules over the recent years. I hope that possibly having this discussion inspires Neumann to take a look at the issue and determine whether or not something has changed and, if so, that 'natural-sounding' quality can return to the k87 capsule in the near future.

PS. I would be willing to provide sound files with 2 different vocal tracks, one with the original capsule and one with the new capsule as a way of showing the qualities that I am referring to.  
 
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