For the first product in their new Premier range, Golden Age are tackling perhaps the most famous studio mic of them all.
When the BBC evaluated the then-new Neumann U47 in 1953, they described it as a “less costly version” of the same manufacturer’s flagship M49. It’s a description that will raise a hollow laugh with anyone who follows current second-hand prices: a mic that was once available to the BBC for £100 now routinely commands five-figure sums. Small wonder, then, that there is a flourishing market for modern-day clones and tributes.
However, a part of the reason why the original U47 is still sought-after is that it is almost uniquely difficult to reproduce today. The problem lies not with the M7 and K47 capsules used in different iterations of the U47, which are still manufactured by Microtech Gefell and Neumann, respectively. The issue, rather, is...
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