Thanks to Phil Colombatto for the great photos

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RCA 77d

  From Billie Holiday                                 to Amy Winehouse,  this sexy ribbon mic                                 from the 50's is heard        on innumerable                                recordings.

Peluso 22 47SE

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Neumann U87

The workhorse, rode hard and put away wet.

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Neumann U47 Church

"Imagine the best U47 you've ever heard, and then add 40%." 
Allen Sides - Ocean Way Recording

Stanley Church, chief sound engineer for MGM's sound department in the '50s, designed and built less than 200 of these mics from parts he purchased from Neumann. When they found out, they cut him off.

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Peluso 22 47SE

One of the best U47 clones.

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Cascade Fat Head

The tasty ribbon you want to lick.

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AKG C414EB

Shave and a haircut.

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AKG D12E 

Wonderful on kick drum and bass. 

Octava MK - 012

Octova

Octava MK - 012

Cheap (used to be) Russian mics that sound great on everything.

Shure SM - 57

Shure SM57

Steve Albini's favorite hammer.

Rode NTV

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Mojave MA-37

David Royer from Mojave Audio has created an exceptional take on the classic Sony C-37a.

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An outstanding sleeper made in Australia, one of Rode's first tube LDC's with super high-quality components and a Jensen transformer.

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Beyer M201N

Snare and hi hat favorite that handles high SPL's.

Rode NTV

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AKG C451EB

Exceptional small diaphragm condenser that excels on acoustic instruments and drums.

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Shure SM7

Vocal king that straddles the line between ribbons and LDC's.

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Electro-Voice RE20

Kick drum, bass and Thom Yorke's favorite vocal mic.

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Sennheiser MD421

All-around great dynamic that loves tom drums and guitar amps.

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Shure SM-57

Steve Albini's favorite hammer.

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Electro-Voice DS35

Sounds exactly how it looks.

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4 lovely old thrift store finds