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Old 9th April 2016
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Sony C37-A Price Market

Hi all.

I've been offered a Son C37-a and this trade deal. The seller is trying to bring the mic a really hight price so I'm wondering for ow much a Sony C37-A with original power supply is worth at the moment?


Old 9th April 2016
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When I bought mine around a year ago, the UK market value was generally around £3k.

One of my favourite mics
Old 9th April 2016
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I paid $ 3000 for mine and that was e-bay and the knowledge that I had to spend a few hundred on servicing on top of that. So with shipping and servicing, tube tryouts, etc it came to at least $3600 or more. I love the mic though.

The reason I bought it on e-bay about 3 years ago was that the prices from dealers were already outrageous by then, though of course there's a high risk involved with e-bay for vintage gear and I generally avoid such dealings.

When I first though about getting a C37A prices were still around $ 2000. I think the fact that U47s and the like became pretty much unaffordable for normal folks is what drives the C37A prices up. Of course it's a very different mic but 'vintage' and 'tube' play their part in the perception.

P.S: Also check which power supply the C37A has. I think it's generally agreed that the CP-3 version is superior to the earlier design. The PSU has a large effect on the sonics of the C37A due to its slightly unusual construction. I think a mic that comes with the earlier PSU should be a bit lower priced since you may have to modify the PSU for better performance.
Old 9th April 2016
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Originally Posted by doorknocker View Post
P.S: Also check which power supply the C37A has. I think it's generally agreed that the CP-3 version is superior to the earlier design. The PSU has a large effect on the sonics of the C37A due to its slightly unusual construction. I think a mic that comes with the earlier PSU should be a bit lower priced since you may have to modify the PSU for better performance.
It's not just the PSU. The mic itself has different resistor values in it for the different power supplies and the capsule polarisation voltage is different. Somewhat cheeky of Sony to have 2 slightly different mics with the same name C37A! Especially if there is ever scope for getting which mic belongs to which power supply mixed up in a set where you have more than one of each.
Old 10th April 2016
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C37A porn....Zeppelin at A&M Studios in Los Angeles in '69 doing overdubs for 'Whole Lotta Love'. I count FIVE C-37As here.

The C-37As were used a lot on the westcoast in the mid/late 60s it seems. Many pics of Wrecking Crew recordings show it on Hal Blaine or Earl Palmer's drums for example.
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Old 10th April 2016
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Thanks for the infos guys. I'm still waiting for the seller with pics and more infos. Will post it here!
Old 10th April 2016
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Something else to consider when pricing a vintage (or even currently-made) Sony microphone: parts and service support.
It is sparse to non-existent, at least in the U.S.:
(Sony Customer Support in U.S.: How Bad Is It?)

Further to consider: C37A repairs, especially those of components on the sealed high-impedance board, can be a royal pain.

Also to consider: as cathode follower, the C37A circuit has fairly low output and relatively high noise floor, compared to similar LD tube mics with plate pick-up, like Neumann or AKG.

These considerations are not intended to discourage you from purchasing a C37A, but to help you in pricing it realistically.

Last edited by Klaus; 11th April 2016 at 02:33 AM..
Old 20th April 2016
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3750$ fully functional seems the going rate
Old 20th April 2016
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3600 US Dollars perfect shape
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