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FS/FT 1978 Neumann U87 & Modern Neumann U87ai

CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
edited April 20 in Studio & Rec £
It’s a real wrench to let this one go as good vintage examples seem to have shot up in price and I may never get another like this but here goes… my 1978 Neumann U87.

It’s in good general condition with no issues to report, what you see is what you get and what you get is the industry standard in vocal recording. The vintage U87 (pre 85) is considered superior to the modern ai version and although I am not technical enough to articulate why, I can definitely hear it having had both. That being said I will be downgrading to a modern version as I need to fund some real life stuff coming up Cars, weddings and holidays to name but a few so this is the current sacrifice.

£3500

May even be able to consider a guitar toward it, always worth the ask



Adding this modern U87ai brand new condition with about an hours use. 

£1650 posted



Will include this shockmount with either mic, I don’t believe it’s a Neumann one but it’s certainly not a cheap plastic one either so will do the job.


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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    Bump

    For those of you who sing and in particular record your vocal I can't recommend this mic enough. I see lots of cash changing hands for guitars (it is a guitar forum after all) but imo if you have a good singing voice then it's the most important instrument you can own because money can't buy it. If you are lucky enough to have the talent then it's definitely worth investing in it. 

    This isn't a sales pitch btw just an observation, if you can sing and can't afford this mic my advice still applies. Look for a modern Neumann U87ai or other similar high end mics it will be worth it.
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    Bump now also selling a modern ai version too with a view to keeping the one that doesn’t sell first.
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  • Hello,Does the U87ai come with the shockmount.
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    Hi @SnazzyGeezer, I have a shockmount I can throw in, it’s not a Neumann one but does the job
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    @SnazzyGeezer I have updated the op with a pic 
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  • StuckfastStuckfast Frets: 1583
    I've never actually compared a vintage and new U87. How would you describe the difference? Do you think you could tell them apart in a blind test?
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    @Stuckfast ; There are technical differences which are described here:

    https://repforums.prosoundweb.com/index.php?topic=36194.0

    I have had a few of these now both vintage with original and reskinned capsules as well as the modern ai and although I have never run a strict a/b test I will aim to land a vintage one when finances allow again and in fact I am hoping the modern one sells first as it may now allow me to keep the 78.

    In terms of my own opinion which is by no means technically informed I think the U87 has a warmer sound and a bit more clarity on vocal recording and given the modern one is so good you can't go wrong with either. If I get the opportunity I will see if I can get the wife to sing a few notes with both and see the results... maybe post them up here without revealing which is which and see what others think.

    I tend to gravitate towards vintage gear though and am always the one who says vintage generally presides over modern on the guitar front too so maybe I am bias... I would say there is definitely a debate to be had  =)  
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    Modern U87ai sold pending.
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  • CMW335CMW335 Frets: 1634
    Bump for the vintage U87 
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