Originally Posted by chk23
Like with all luxury goods that gain value with age/rarity, production cost isn't a factor. I don't think that Neumann put 12.000$ worth of work/value into a single vintage U47
Yes, and it's marketing, too. All those pics of Frank Sinatra and The Beatles singing into them make a difference. There's no objective
reason to think the U47 is the greatest mic ever made, or was even worth preserving after production ceased - only the subjective
opinion that people like it. If it has been less popular among a certain group of very well funded recording artists, another mic would have held the same stature. It happened to be present during a growing and formative era, so it had a chance.