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TLM 50-TLM 150 or FLEA 50 ??? Condenser Microphones
Old 21st February 2016
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TLM 50-TLM 150 or FLEA 50 ???


Sorry to hassle you guys.

Looking at buying some orchestral recording mics ..... has anybody had any experience with the TLM 50 , 150 or FLEA 50 mics ??????

Be good to get some quality opinions ...

Cheers for any help


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Old 21st February 2016
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A search will reveal lots of threads on this topic. A quite recent one if here.
Old 21st February 2016
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If you want REAL M50's, I have a scoring engineer buddy who told me he was selling all his mics last week. (Last I knew he had a lot of M50's - well maintained). PM me if you want contact info. They won't be cheap though.
Old 22nd February 2016
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There is no substitute for a real M50. They are glorious.

The 150 fails to use a solid perspex ball, which calls into question its omni characteristics, in relation to the real thing. I've also argued many times that I'm not a fan of the circuit in that thing.

TLM50s never really caught fire, because there was a high failure rate of the capsules initially, before they switched to titanium. Not that easy to come across.

If I had to choose from the three, I'd probably demo the FLEA. I wish I knew more about their capsule, but I'll take an AC701 tube mic over a that hybrid circuit with an IC in the 150 any day of the week.
Old 22nd February 2016
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Thanks fellas - excellent help !!!!

Thanks to you all for replying- a few things to think about- many thanks !!!! Andy
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