Originally Posted by John Z
I am finally going to upgrade my mic. Going for that modern bright sound again. Looking for something under 3k, but i am dead set on one of these.
1-Manley Reference C
Anyone used these before. By the way, i am coming from a Peluso 251. I am probably buying used so there is not a way i can actually try each of these.
I'd probably get the Brauner Valvet (possibly the Valvet X or maybe the Phantera), but the Manley definitely looks appealing for reaching that modern bright sound.
It's a different sound but I suggest to check out also a Violet Globe Standard (fwiw you could read my review in the GS reviews section, the review is actually of the Vintage version, which is not as "sparkly" as the standard).
I'd not rule out a JZ BH2 (or BH series) or, but this is a bit more than your budget, a Josephson (like the 716, or on the used marked maybe a 700?)
Btw I wouldn't buy a 3k mic without trying/testing it.. at this level is really a matter of taste, all of these are very nice mics.. try to find some studios near you that owns these mics (at least the Brauner and the Manley)..
Just my 0.02$,