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PSA - "small" condenser mics on sale at MF
Old 24th April 2019
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PSA - "small" condenser mics on sale at MF

I just ordered the new Sterling Audio SL230MP matched pair from Musicians Friend for $119. They seem to be $149 everywhere else.

There was only one video highlighting them but I was willing to take the chance based off of my satisfaction with some of Sterling's other mics (and I was not happy with my current SDC mics). If they suck then I'm not out much money and will keep the shockmounts or return them.
Old 27th April 2019
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Just a quick update. The mics arrived yesterday but I didn't have a lot of time with them. I ran a quick a/b test with my digital handheld recorder against my other sdc mics. I must note that, although pencil shaped, these Sterling mics are actually just slightly larger than 1/2" technically making them "medium" diaphragm mics.

Anyway, the quick a/b test using the mics in an x/y configuration recording a Taylor Acoustic revealed these mics to have a very slightly more focused low end, a very detailed yet less harsh high end and a far richer harmonic content accompanied by a greater field of depth that was immediately evident. They also added just a little FET grit to the signal that I find very attractive in a retro sort of way. Overall, these mics were a steal at $119. Even at $150.00 I think they are a great deal. I'm happy I pulled the trigger.
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