I realize it looks like I'm pimping... I'm not.
I sincerly hope my comments don't turn into a "Fletcher's an asshole" [FWIW, I am] shitstorm that won't be productive to your ultimate goal/decision process.
As always, please take any and all/everything I say with a big bag of salt.
There were a few things on your list I would suggest you bag... and a few things I would suggest you add
Originally Posted by kats
6 X Helios pre/eg
6 X Chander pre/eq
2 x Neve 1073
2 X 1176's
2 X tg1 Limiters
2 X ifet7
2 X UM 92.1
TeleUSA Ela M 251
2 X Josephson c42
Misc dynamics(421's, 57's etc)
I would bag the 1176's and suggest Purple Audio MC-77's as they are actually truer to the original 1176's than the Universal Audio reissues [I shit you not!] and around the same price.
I'd suggest you look at the Tube Tech CL-1B instead of the LA-2A... I've often found the CL-1B to do a better job of being an LA-2A than 99.998% of the LA-2A's that exist.
I'd suggest you bag the TeleUSA Ela M 251 and look at any of 20 other seriously class acts as it's dubious whether TeleUSA can actually deliver a decent product. I've heard conflicting reports... most of the positives come from those that have received "promotional support discounts" for the unit, the negatives from other "non-endorser" type user/owners... I've seen a set of photos where a unit was actually delivered with blobs of solder on the capsule!! I don't give a shit if that's an isolated mistake, the fact of the matter is that a unit made it out of their building/factory like that... I would avoid the motherfukker like it caused herpes, but your business is your business.
I'd suggest you go for a pair of U-195's instead of the iFet-7's as I've found the U-195 to be a WAY
more versatile mic by virtue of the "fat" and "lo cut" switches while the iFet-7's "dual amplifier" thing seems to be way more marketing hype than substance... that and the motherfukkers break all the time which is a serious drag.
Personally I think the E-49 buries the E-47 in damn near every application where I've tried them next to each other... but that could just be my sense of aesthtic creeping into the conversation... you might want to check them out side by each before making your ultimate decision... while you're trying things, you might consider checking out one of the MT Gefell UM-900's or the Horch RM2J... both of which have become "favorite mics" in my arsensal [as always, YMMV]... I would suggest that like "in addition to" something like the E-49 not in lieu of the E-49... but if you strike the TeleUSA 251 from the budget then there could be some room for the additional experimentation... or not.
On the Josephson end of things, if you can squeeze a couple of e22's into your arsenal I think you'll be a VERY
happy camper, maybe a second Royer 121 and/or a Coles 4040... and I might suggest a bit more variation than 6x Helios and 6x Chandler on the mic pre end of things... maybe some API [and/or] Great River [and/or] TAB-funkenwerks in the fray, etc... again, sense of aesthetic kind of variable... use your ears, ignore my words.
Best of luck with the search... again, my most sincere apologies if it seems like I'm pimping... that is not the intention. You asked for a review of your list, that is what I have attempted to provide.