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Define 'Vintage'?? Effects Pedals, Units & Accessories
Old 2nd April 2008
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Define 'Vintage'??

What makes a U87 'vintage'? Is it simply that it is pre the A or Ai model? Do all vintage U87's have the 7-pin Tuchel connector or do some have XLR?

Im buying one and the seller says it's vintage but he doesn't know what year it is, but it does have an XLR connector...
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I think ones made before 1987!
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are there U87's with out XLR connections? ive never seen one.
Old 2nd April 2008
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We've got one from the late 60s and another from the late 90s. They sound completely opposite from each other.

The one from the 60s is very warm and thick, and doesn't have much gain, the 90s one cuts right through in the upper mid range, and has a pile of gain.

Then again, maybe it's time to take the one from the 60s in to be looked at!
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thanks everyone! I appreciate your input.
Dan - it's the pre 86 thing that I needed to know so cheers.
And yes, apparently the earlier U87's, not sure what era, had the 7-pin connector I mentioned, although I haven't seen one of them either.
thanks again
Old 3rd April 2008
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Yes there were U87 mics with 7 pin connectors

I own and use an old U87 with a 7 pin connector, so yes they certainly made those! You don't see a lot of them in the U.S. (or anywhere). Mine originally belonged to Radio 2 in Moscow!

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What is "vintage?"

Something used, not made any longer (or not made the same way, like a Neumann U87 from the late 60's - early 70's compared to a post 1987 U87ai, or something like a Gibson Guitar made in the old Kalamazoo factory as opposed to a modern Gibson made in Nashville or Montana), considered collectable, and probably more than 10 - 15 years old.
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