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Another vote for the Audix D6, Neumann KMS 105 and the Shure KSM 32

Best buy for the buck though was a pair of Peluso CEMC 6's for overheads....... I love all of these mics though!

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I'd have to chirp up with some great used FX, the best I've bought in the last 12 months is the Orban 111b ($400) that at times is just the perfect reverb for the job.

Loads of other high performers for very little money that knock the socks off plugins. Most of them in the $1000's when new but now going for a song.

Sony R7, D7, M7
Symetrix 606
Bel Labs Delays
Lexicon PCM70
etc!

Also SM57, Beyer MD201, CAD 179 (Toms) and anything you can mod simply like the Apex 460.
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I shouldn't do this because I may want to add more in the future, but the dbx242 EQ (I found my pair on eBay for $250 in mint shape) is one hell of an EQ for low dough. Now don't go driving the price up!

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Mexican Fenders...
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Anything by Calrec (mic pre, compressors, mics, desks).

They have always concentrated on the broadcast market hence they don't quite have the cachet of Neve etc. However they are a superb audio engineering company and their equipment is top-notch.
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Ramsa C900

'55 Tele

'80s Beldon instrument cable with brass solderless ends

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Mexican Fenders...
AMEN TO THAT!!!! I have and had a ton of high dollar Gibson, and Fender Custom shops , etc and the Nashville tele with the middle strat pickup is AMAZING!! A ton of Tones
Pick them up all day long for 400 to 500 on ebay and you have tele and strat tones. The work is as god or better then the American made. Change out the pickups for Texas specials and your golden.
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Mexican Fenders...
Agreed! I have an American Strat that, frankly, sounds like sh*t- no character AT ALL.

I set up a buddy of mine's Mexican Strat and:

1- It plays as good
2- Looks better
3- Sounds MUCH better
4- Mine cost $1000 his cost $375
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traded my taylor big baby for a takamine an10 (also 6 string acoustic) at gc......I'd have to look for the receipt, but I'd guess total cost $700.
I love it. it's taken me a couple years to appreciate it, (at one time I really wanted to ditch it). have been playing it alot. it is a fine guitar for fingerpicking and strumming. plays well. sounds sweet. also like my ksm9 microphone. cost around $450. it's a babe.

also like my mexican tele. bought used with a 25 watt amp for $400.

not sure what the cutoff for low end price is.........but I like my pearlman tm2 (it was $1000).
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Dynamic mics in general.

I would much rather spend a little less on a great sounding dynamic mic (of which there are a ton) than on a thin, fizzy sounding condenser mic (of which there are also many to choose from). That goes for almost every application, including vocals. Yeah, I love the sound of a nice condenser mic, but when I see some of these cheapos marketed to people that those are what they need, it gets kind of sad when there are better alternatives for less.
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nobody's mentioned ATTY.

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Tfpro P38.

Sometimes compression is useful and it does not affect the sound in negative way.
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D&R 2 channel Mic Preamp. 150 euros
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Roland SRV 3030D reverb-World Class and $160 on ebay!!!
Vintage Sony ECM-23s-real smooth FET condensers for $45
Steinberg Roomworks reverb-free with Cubase SX3!!!
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Dynamic mics in general.

I would much rather spend a little less on a great sounding dynamic mic (of which there are a ton) than on a thin, fizzy sounding condenser mic (of which there are also many to choose from). That goes for almost every application, including vocals. Yeah, I love the sound of a nice condenser mic, but when I see some of these cheapos marketed to people that those are what they need, it gets kind of sad when there are better alternatives for less.
I don't know -- I can get always make a LDC sound like a dynamic (if I want to), but not vice-versa...
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SM57, Audix D6, Sytek MPX(since i just commented abouit it on another thread) and ........ the Rode NTK! (great room mic and w/ right preamp and a hs boost can almost pull off the u87)
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For a LDC, I was totally floored by the Rode K-2 (~650usd). The Cascade Fat Head is a fine bargain in ribbons. The Heil big diaphram dynamics are an excellent value. The Tab-Funkenwerk mod for the SM57/58 is exceptional, as well.

And the BLA 002/003 mods are category busters. (No telling how surprising the new proprietary BLA pres, clocks and converters will be.)

Last but not least, the FMR RNC 1773 does a great job of taming voltage on the cheap.

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UAD-1 card.

I'll second the Mexican Fenders. Or atleast the one I have - '72 Telecaster RI. I couldnt play guitar when I bought it but even I could tell even then the thing plays way better than it should for the price.

Rode K2 - Kroeger's voice on the last NB allbum.

There was an old ART guitar rack FX (I think the SGX) I used on a recent project that sounded surprisingly good.

Roland SRV 3030D - edit: I could swear this was the make/model but the face was red so this might not be what I was thinking of.
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I shouldn't do this because I may want to add more in the future, but the dbx242 EQ (I found my pair on eBay for $250 in mint shape) is one hell of an EQ for low dough. Now don't go driving the price up!

War

The price is still reasonable. Saw one yesterday for $65. I´ve read somewhere that it is designed by Bob Orban. It´s ugly as hell though...
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For me it must be the Dynacord DRP-20 reverb and the ART ProGate noise gate, no doubt about that.
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The price is still reasonable. Saw one yesterday for $65. I´ve read somewhere that it is designed by Bob Orban. It´s ugly as hell though...
Yes, it's Orban's last design picked up by Harmon and released under the dbx brand.

Did dbx ever release anything that looked good in those black boxes?

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Orban spring reverb. Can still be found really cheap and sounds like a million bucks. thumbsup
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The new Audix I5
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Pro Junior!
This was a recomendation of my dear friend "Flipy" (Guitarrist of Mexican Rock Band Jumbo).

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+1 on Pro Jr.

Also....late 60's Stella Harmony acoustics guitars. Get one on Ebay for less than $100 and track it in behind your Taylor.
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+1 on Pro Jr.

Also....late 60's Stella Harmony acoustics guitars. Get one on Ebay for less than $100 and track it in behind your Taylor.
are 70s stellas also good?
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oohhhh...."naftacasters" Great guitars with great paint that they can't use here!
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