Originally Posted by drBill
Ha! As I suspected. Nobody actually OWNS an SM7. It's all a big conspiracy......
Actually, I find that to be a big problem on these boards. There are a few people who I talk to by phone, facebook, or email who will straight up say without hesitation that such and such clone is the best you can buy. The problem is they haven't even used the clone, much less own one. The don't own the real deal either. It's not like they say "in my research" or "I have read that", it's a statement of truth. These are people I feel I know quite well. So once you are on a board, that just means you need to be more skeptical.
I have a GAP Pre 73. Now, they don't really say it's a clone, I think they say it's influenced by a Neve 1073. Well, looking it up right now, they seemed to have dropped that but whenever you use certain names, it's implicit. For myself, I will never say it's similar as I haven't used the Neve. I won't even say it's one of the best preamps for the money, I don't have any similarly priced pre's. I will say I feel it's well worth the money but it stops there.
I am still planning to get my NT1a modded but I do think there is a reason I have been wanting to do so for about 2 years now. I don't necessarily want a U87 clone, I just want a better mic than the NT1a I have. I guess part of me is waiting to see if something off the shelf comes out that is in the same realm. It doesn't have to be the same price, I can pay more, I am just not willing to spend what it takes to get a U87/U87ai for a few reasons, mostly because I don't record myself, only others and don't charge for studio time in my home studio. I will say that I love Micheal Joly's newsletter but every time I see him write where others can respond, his attitude does turn me off, like many others have said. Then skepticism kicks in and I decide to hold off again.
I know that is a bit convoluted but I do think it speaks to this thread.