Originally Posted by rekwon
I was thinking about the sitler mod...really I coulda done that w the money I spent on the mxl,the whole idea made me kinda nervous though. The 319 mod is still an option I guess,but I'll probably sell it and look into getting the mxl modded down the road. Anyone know of any more affordable 2003a mods? All I'm seeing is like $400 mods by joly and jj,at that price it kinda defeats the purpose of buying a low budget Mic to get modded. Might as well just buy a $600 Mic brand new. I'm also just thinking about copping an sm7b w a gap pre73 for future projects after I finish recording this ep I'm working on. Thanks everyone for all the advice.
For my money, I’d get the 319 modded by one of these guys—whether it’s Joly, JJ Audio, Sitler, etc. Remember, the 2003a is already supposed to be a factory mod-like mic anyway. Your money would go much further and be put to much better use by modding the 319. The components in the 319 are much better than those used in any standard Chinese manufactured LDC; thus, the Oktava mics in general provide a superior modding platform and will offer you much greater returns on your modding investment/s IME. I would just leave the 2003a as is, and use it as a utility mic. I seriously doubt you’ll be reaching for it much as a vocal mic once you get the 319 modded.
Hey, thanks for dropping Sitler’s name. I’ve never heard of him, but if this guy is providing good mods at reasonable prices I’m all in. Michael Joly did great work for me, and I have no complaints. That said, my mic was modded back in 05. His prices have jumped significantly since that time. I’m not in a position to say whether his prices are reasonable, fair, or inflated, but just like everyone else, I’m a free agent who’s on the constant look out for good bargains.