Arpangel wrote:..the TF monicker is nothing to do with the mic itself, it's just a nice complimentary way of launching a flagship product.
Not entirely sure what you mean there Tony?
I can assure you that Tony F really did have a great deal to do with the design, development and practical testing of the TF-5 -- and the other Rode mics coming soon also identified with the TF moniker.
I also know that Peter Freedman holds Tony in very high regard and values his input to these mics greatly. I believe Tony has been providing guidance and mentoring to Peter to further his own recording activities, too.
Peter is a guy with a genuine passion about microphones and recording. His Rode microphone business is now in a very strong position, thanks largely to the video mics and project studio ranges, such that he can now afford to invest in developing genuinely high-end mics.
These are the kinds of things that will probably only ever sell in relatively small numbers (compared to the video mics, anyway) and only to discerning professionals and well-heeled enthusiasts, and Peter is quite accepting that they could turn out to be loss-making once the R&D and manufacturing equipment investment is taking into account. But, in producing these mics, their existence demonstrates that he really is a serious contender and able to hold his own against the long-established European manufacturers... and that means a great deal on a personal level to Peter.
When I met Tony F a few months back he was really excited to show me the prototype mics and enthused at considerable length about them and their development and aims. He was working with Rode to develop mics that address the 'weaknesses' he identifies in the familiar standard bearers (and he's really not a fan of the Neumann KM84 sound, apparently). As a result of the work he has done with Rode, he is genuinely now using these new mics quite regularly in his own recordings -- and he certainly wouldn't do that if they weren't absolutely up to scratch.
When I discovered and questioned the faux-pas in the published specs about the max SPL figure I mentioned it to him in passing while Rode went off to recheck their figures. He knew from first hand experience that the numbers couldn't be right, and was was so concerned that he organised his own independent testing in a UK lab at the same time as Rode did their thing in Australia. The separate sets of results agreed within 1dB or so, reflecting the true capability of the mic. So Tony is fully invested in the TF-5s, and the other TF mics yet to be launched.