Originally Posted by rwhitney
Is there anything the Germanium wouldn't be good to use on? Or significantly inferior in a particular application to some other pre? (This is a crazy question, I know.)
Sure--I really dislike the sound of the Germs on acoustic guitar. It gets really mushy.
I find the Germs are good for "thick" or "smooth" but I'll reach for something else if I want present and punchy (TG-2 for instance). To my ears, the Germs round off or saturate transients in a way that doesn't flatter some applications (clean, bright electric guitar for example).
That said, I just did a horn session today and used the Germs with Gefell UM70 (sax, trumpet)--really nice. I find that I can use condenser mics on horns with the Germs, and for some contexts, it works better than ribbons (especially for woodwinds or flutes). The Germs lend a velvety top end to condensers, which is what I like about ribbons on horns, but have more detail, which is what I like about condensers--best of both worlds.