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U87 - Old and New?
Old 18th February 2009
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U87 - Old and New?

Hi All,

I am curious, what is the division date between what would be considered an old U87 versus what would be considered a new U87?
Old 18th February 2009
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Ad by that you mean "good" and "bad"?
Old 19th February 2009
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Originally Posted by PdotDdot View Post
Hi All,

I am curious, what is the division date between what would be considered an old U87 versus what would be considered a new U87?

Ill be nice since its your first post.

Old U87 aka U87i
New U87 ai

The a in the suffix is the dividing mark. The "i" means xlr.

Next time a little reading will be better than posting a question that has been answered adnauseum...
Old 19th February 2009
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U87 - Old and New?

All,

I had done a search prior to my post. Obviously, my search was not thorough enough and for that I apologize. I was searching for a date not realizing that the prefix was the key. I do however appreciate the responses and the information.

Tough audience - Try the Veal.
Old 19th February 2009
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I'm told the date would be pre 1975. I don't know that for fact but that is what someone once told me.
Old 19th February 2009
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Umm!

Well if there is a battery compartment in it, it will do nicely.
Its the old P48 type mic amp I like best if the capsule is good.
heh
Old 19th February 2009
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I actually thought the date was in the 80's... like 86 rings a bell, but I don't know. Call Neumann USA.

As for which one sounds better: best of luck.

I've got an Ai that works just fine. Some of the older ones sound REALLY good too, but whatcha gonna do? If it works, it works.
Old 19th February 2009
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Well if there is a battery compartment in it, it will do nicely.
Its the old P48 type mic amp I like best if the capsule is good.
heh
+1
Absolutely stunning!
Old 19th February 2009
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+1
Absolutely stunning!
Yup the U87i P48 is the only one worth having IMHO
So indeed, if it has the batt compartment its a good one.
As long as the capsule isn't trashed.
Old 19th February 2009
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Yup the U87i P48 is the only one worth having IMHO
So indeed, if it has the batt compartment its a good one.
As long as the capsule isn't trashed.
And would a trashed capsule result in unusable, distorted overall sound, or a more subtle alteration in tone and response?
Old 19th February 2009
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Trashed

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And would a trashed capsule result in unusable, distorted overall sound, or a more subtle alteration in tone and response?
Trashed is usually unusable, Like when the capsules short out and you get no sound for a moment or two then it comes back.

Even then it may only need cleaning.

Subtle alteration in tone seems like a dirty capsule or dried out capacitor.

FOR GOODNESS SAKES send it to someone who knows what they are doing.

German Masterworks

There are only a few trusted shops to send a decent mic to for good service.
Most de laminated capsules are due to improper cleaning. Once that happens they really are trashed, and need to be re skinned.

A cleaning isn't that expensive. And a good first step in refurb/evaluation of your mic.
Old 19th February 2009
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Obviously, my search was not thorough enough and for that I apologize.
Tough audience - Try the Veal.
No apologies necessary!

There are people who contend on this forum and others
that they have an 'OLD' U87ai that's better than the 'NEW'
U87ai. I thought that was the point of the OP.

So I believe your question is valid... and I think
the point should be clarified.

The U87ai came out in 1986... are the new AIs on
the shelf today identical to those first 80's models?
Old 19th February 2009
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Originally Posted by whitepapagold View Post
Ill be nice since its your first post.

Old U87 aka U87i
New U87 ai

The a in the suffix is the dividing mark. The "i" means xlr.

Next time a little reading will be better than posting a question that has been answered adnauseum...
why the asshat response? the guy wasn't asking what was better, he was asking what the cutoff date between a (i) and ai models was. a good question in fact..sheesh..
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