Originally Posted by siniarch
Alden- I have been thinking of a matching pair. Mainly SDC. Was thinking of these:
*Oktavamod MXL 603
*Line Audio CM3
*Advance Audio CM-54
What do you think?
Back to the Piano:
I was thinking about pointing the ME64s from top down with the lid open? we'll see what happens.
I'm afraid I'm not gonna be terribly useful to you; I've never used any of those mics. I can tell you about the low-end SDCs I have used. I started with the stock MXL 604s, which, not surprisingly, were thin n' brittle. Good for a cracker, bad for a mic. I upgraded to the Studio Projects C4s which have a much smoother upper end and an overall solid frequency response. Their biggest flaws were a bit of fogginess in the upper end and poor build quality (I'm not the only one who had issues). I think sonically they're my favorite option in that Oktava, NT5, etc range. I have never experimented with mods.
As I mentioned, I use the sm81s now, which I'm a huge fan of. I've spent a good deal of time with high end mics in studios I've worked at, and I feel like these guys hold their own. They're like the low-end U87 of SDCs; they may not always be the very best option, but pretty much anything will sound good through 'em. I got my pair used for $250; I know you can easily get a used pair for well under $500, and I if you do I think you may feel your SDC gearlust fade a bit.
For what it's worth, when Leslie Ann Jones of Skywalker Sound was asked if she had to use one low end mic, which one it would be, she said the sm81.