Just re-read a few pages, and in spite of the controversy, there's a bunch of good stuff here. Some of it now deleted.
Michael Joly..... Love him or hate him, he's been MIA from GS for a couple years now. Is it good riddance? Or are we loosing the creme de la creme due to inbred bickering on GS? Whatever......you decide for yourself. Jim Williams? Same deal. Love him. Hate him. Flameout in a blaze of glory.....
Both guys are still available in the REAL world though - reachable via email or phone, but they are seemingly persona non grata on GS. There seems to be no middle ground. Both of em are now effectively 6 feet under...... Two influential pioneering mic mod guys, gone from the scene @ GS due to the controversy that followed them around like a puppy.
Me? Even after 70+ mics - which include Neuman's, Gefell's, AKG's, Sennheisers, etc., a lot of low end mics, and a lot of low end MODDED mics (my favorites) - I still never seem to have enough. LOL
(Token facepalm from my wife's perspective.....) So I usually end up back on these threads, scavenging.....looking for the gems in the rough.
M. Joly - the OP of this thread - was one of the first guys to introduce me to modding inexpensive mics and making them something unique and cool. Wait, no....first it was Jim Williams with his 414 transformer-less mod. Cool mod, but he's not doing them anymore from what I've heard. IMO, the guys couldn't be more different in their design philosophy, but that's what drew me to both of them. I like many styles of microphones. More mics = good mics in my book.
But both guys are now seemingly gone from GS unless they are still lurking.....
Luckily for us, even though Jim seems to have deleted all his DIY related posts as of late, you can now get his basic or advanced kits from : Microphone Modification Kits | Microphone Parts
. Cool stuff.
Whether you feel Jim deleted his helpful DIY posts to garner sales or to spite us is IMO inconsequential. The guy is smart, and knows his stuff, and now his stuff is available in one fell swoop with hand picked parts for those of us willing to grab a soldering iron and DIY!!
Both of the offerings @ microphone parts are takes on the basic schoeps design. You have to PAY for the knowledge, but you get all the parts in a nice neat package - and for neophyte DIY guys, IMO, that's definitely worth the price of admission. Add a capsule and a donor mic and you can turn what I personally found to be the worst sounding mic I have EVER heard
into something Jim and Matt McGlynn find decent - for I'd guess a total of around $250 or so - all in. As a disclaimer - I haven't done one of the mods yet. Has anyone here? I'd love to hear some comments about it.
I HAVE heard that M. Joly's modded version of the 990 kicks butt, but again, have not had one in my possession, so judge for yourself. I do find it amazing though, that both guys chose the same $50 mic to be the donor for a modded mic that would cost far less than the myriad of "average" low end mics, while having superior specs and sound. Fascinating. They must have seen something that I couldn't.....
Joly's been modding the 990 for awhile, but if owning a dumb looking MXL mic is not really your cup of tea and you want something a little more upscale than the currently available Joly modded MXL 990 version or a DIY version -- the same basic mic is coming out under the MJE moniker with a newly designed look - towards the vibe of a vintage M49. New angled headbasket (IMO one of the main issues with that mic as stock), new finish, new name, same Chinese lineage, but gutted and built to MJ specs. Some might call it "pre-modded" by the "mod master".
It looks very similar to a mini M49 from what I've heard. Nickel headbasket & body, spider mount, in a nice case. Don't know the model name yet, but it's in the inexpensive mic pipeline as we speak.
For those guys wanting to DIY a Williams designed 990, get the 990/991 package at musicians friend, and then order a second kit from microphone parts. The 991 electronics are the same as the 990. Then you'll have a LDC and SDC mic.
Disclaimer - IMO the 991 is not the greatest SDC capsule out there even with the electronics in tip top shape. Personally I find a modded one "OK". Better with the capsule and enclosure around it machined by MJ to fix the setback and venting, but even at that, still not a mic I'd head towards unless you can find one of the K47H LDC capsule heads to go along with it. Those
are awesome in my book. Huge sounding. (I had to get a pair
So there you have it, two mod guys basing an upscale offering on the cheapest of the cheap - the 990. Who woulda guessed?
What's your pick?
So....what else are you guys finding these days when you're out looking for cool new mics?