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Postby ManFromGlass » Sat Oct 03, 2020 12:47 pm

In Canada they are going for the Canadian equivalent of 115GBP on sale now
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sat Oct 03, 2020 3:16 pm

So what would you use one of these for?

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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby Mike Stranks » Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:42 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:So what would you use one of these for?

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I've already mentioned that I used one a lot for spoken word back in the day. (Specifically as a presenter mic for music progs; I used it 'up close')

It's something of an 'industry-standard' on toms - or a bodhran in your circles. :)

It also appears quite often in somewhat older vids of well-known groups live - being used as a vocal mic. Similarly in older 'live at the BBC' etc type recordings.

I've seen/heard them acquitting themselves well as NOS pairs for stereo recording of choirs/orchestras too.

I think the Elf has a few... he can give his own perspective.

If I was still truly active in the recording/live malarkey I wouldn't hesitate at that price. For me (probably reflecting my vintage) it's one of the 'go-to' mics like the Neumann U87, and the Beyerdynamic 201

There's a review here (Don't be put off by the first minute or so - he's an extrovert, but does know his stuff): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYGlWFzb8uY
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby zenguitar » Sat Oct 03, 2020 5:44 pm

Excellent on guitar amps as well.

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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby shufflebeat » Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:07 pm

Mike Stranks wrote:

It's something of an 'industry-standard' on toms - or a bodhran in your circles. :)

The irony being, when I've put this in front of a bodhran player they pulled faces.

In the olden days we bought some mics from a studio that was closing down and an original 421 was in the sale. We really had no idea what to do with it til the sound engineer saw it and got very excited. For a while our tom sound was the highlight of the gigs. By the time I flounced out of the band we had quite a collection.

I've kept an eye out for one since but haven't seen one with a decent price/provenance balance, until now.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby shufflebeat » Sat Oct 03, 2020 6:14 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:So what would you use one of these for?

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Nice on the right voice, acoustic guitar, double bass. In my limited experience anyhing that needs solidity and focus without taking over the whole stage.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby ConcertinaChap » Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:27 pm

Thanks all. Perhaps I will have a flutter if I can still get one at the current price.

Cheers,

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Edit: trigger pulled on a Thomann one at £185. The cheap ones do appear to have dropped over the horizon otherwise.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby ore_terra » Sat Oct 03, 2020 8:29 pm

Also excellent for bass drum when you dont need beater hits too present in the mix.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby DC-Choppah » Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:51 am

International sale.

$199.95 (US). What is that like 154 pounds sterling?

https://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail ... microphone

Great jazz tone rather than a rock and roll tone. Many special purpose bass drum mics sound like heavy metal to me. I prefer this guy for jazzy bass drum.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby Fishnish » Sun Oct 04, 2020 9:25 am

Back in my touring PA days we used these a lot on toms and guitar cabs. Also on Kick drum sometimes, and brass too.
Great mics, the progressive roll off was a good feature. The only issue was the spring clip plastic mounting thingy, which seemed designed specifically for failure. Luckily the mics themselves are built like tanks.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby Dave Rowles » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:10 am

I had this with a special offer on another product. Once announced it took 3/4 days for the retailers to alter the price on their websites. If you want to get the mic at that price, I'm sure at some point during the month you'll be able to order it.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby wireman » Sun Oct 04, 2020 11:30 am

I recently purchased HD25 headphones direct from the Sennheiser shop. However in general it seems that only some microphones are availalble from them (ME range for example) but not he MD range.
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby John Willett » Sun Oct 04, 2020 2:59 pm

ConcertinaChap wrote:So what would you use one of these for?

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Everything - it's probably one of the most universal use dynamic mics around.

Great for both speech and vocals - one of the best mics for Saxophone, great for brass, great for drums, etc., etc., etc... :thumbup:
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Re: Sennheiser selling MD421-II at £179 for October !

Postby John Willett » Sun Oct 04, 2020 3:04 pm

blinddrew wrote:Possibly a question for John Willett, how closely matched are any two MD421s?
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They were never matched or sold as a matched pair - but modern manufacturing techniques would, I think, make them pretty close.

In the old days they were used as a stereo pair.

They used to come with an individual frequency response curve, so you could ask a good dealer to select you two that are as closely matched as possible (done by holding the two supplied graphs on top of each other up to the light to see how close they match).
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