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Old 17th June 2020
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Hardware BeesNeez BU87i C

THE BEESNEEZ BU87I C

Australian Dollars $860

For many years, the U87 through its many revisions has found a place among the most usable studio microphones of all time. In fact, it is the only model that has been continually made since its release almost 50 years ago! Of the many revisions, the favourite is the original early model U87i. Why did this version of the U87 become the favourite? It was the overall musical tone that was much less sterile than the current U87Ai that helped the U87i become the most sought after and highest valued U87 model. In the used market these days, the buyer’s first question is always: “Is it the one with the battery compartment? If so, I’ll take it!”

Clones, clones, clones — they are everywhere! So, what makes ours different? We at BeesNeez are the only microphone company to make the capsule, body, and the transformer for a clone version of the U87i. Other companies are restricted to buying these most important parts. For them, this means you get what you get. For us however, this is not, nor has never been, the case. If we want to make a mic, we make the most important parts ourselves to ensure the end result is exactly what we’re looking for.

We offer the BeesNeez U87i C with a choice of bodies: (1) an original BeesNeez body, or (2) a clone-looking body. We have also decided to make the cardioid-only version to keep the signal chain as short as possible. We managed to source a decent supply of original NOS (end of life) 2N3819 Fets to help us achieve the desired time period sound of the U87i.

Why do we offer you a choice in bodies? We want to give you the option to make your microphone an original BeesNeez design or a clone. Is there are difference between the two sonically? If you are using the microphone on a source not closer than 20cm from the grille, then the difference in body types would not be discernible. However, if you were using the microphone for a subtle vocal take, where the artist was close up on the grille, then yes, you will hear slightly more bottom end on the BeesNeez version body, as the head grille design allows more for proximity effect than the slant grille design of the clone body.

Link to Pictures and site.

https://beesneezproaudio.com/product/clone-u87i/

Last edited by mics; 17th June 2020 at 11:23 PM..
Old 17th June 2020
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I'm considering but what makes this much more attractive when other clones can be had for much less ?
Old 17th June 2020
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I'm considering but what makes this much more attractive when other clones can be had for much less ?
The WARM 87 is actually a few cents more at today's rates.
Old 17th June 2020
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I'm considering but what makes this much more attractive when other clones can be had for much less ?
Hi Patrick. I’m not sure if any clones can be had for less than the cost of this mic at $860 AUD.

Our lineage is a huge reason for this mic to become king of the clones so to speak as we make all of our own capsules (this means we actually make the metalwork too and not merely diaphragm an existing low cost backplate) we sputter our own film for the diaphragm and wind our own transformers too.

Sound really matters and a small change can make a huge difference! When you buy components, small changes can’t be made.

Thanks for taking the time to ask this question and giving us the chance to answer for you.

Cheers

Ben
Old 18th June 2020
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Ben... This looks like another winner!
Old 18th June 2020
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Ben... This looks like another winner!
Thanks! We think so too.

Ben
Old 18th June 2020
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I'm considering but what makes this much more attractive when other clones can be had for much less ?
This costs $591 USD at the current exchange rate.

Is there a U87i clone cheaper than that?

Most of the actual clones I see are around $1k or more, including kits once the BOM is factored in.
Old 18th June 2020
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Both this mic and the price look amazing!
Old 18th June 2020
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Any sound examples?

KP
Old 19th June 2020
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Waiting for the first review!
Old 19th June 2020
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Any sound examples?

KP
Double that!
Old 22nd June 2020
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Will the clone body fit in the U67/87 shock mount?
Old 22nd June 2020
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Will the clone body fit in the U67/87 shock mount?
No it won’t but it fits into the c12 size mount as it is a bit smaller.

Thanks

Ben
Old 23rd June 2020
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Any sound examples?

KP
Good luck!
Old 23rd June 2020
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I'm going to purchase it and give it a run
Old 24th June 2020
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I'm going to give it a shot. Purchased one today.
Old 24th June 2020
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Hi Ben,

Which body will be closer to the original?
Old 24th June 2020
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Hi Ben,

Which body will be closer to the original?
Hi Stalker

The Clone body due to the slant grille will be more like the original for close up vocals due to the lack of proximity affect but if the source is not closer than 10cm from the grille, the difference will be negligible.

Thanks.

Ben
Old 24th June 2020
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Hi Ben,

Thanks for the reply. Yes I was looking at an accurate clone. I do a lot of close up vocals so proximity effect is something I try to avoid most of the time.
Old 25th June 2020
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Hi Ben,

Thanks for the reply. Yes I was looking at an accurate clone. I do a lot of close up vocals so proximity effect is something I try to avoid most of the time.
Our clone body will give you the same flat response as the original Neumann body.

Thanks

Ben
Old 25th June 2020
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Hi Ben,

Is there a multi pattern version in the works?
Old 25th June 2020
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A video clip of this mic and a U87ai comparison would be helpful.
Old 25th June 2020
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Hi Ben,

Is there a multi pattern version in the works?
Hi there. We wanted to release a cardioid version for the budget conscious. We feel it is important to have an amazing sounding but affordable U87 clone out there.

If the demand is there then yes we will also make a multi version clone.

Cheers
Old 25th June 2020
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A video clip of this mic and a U87ai comparison would be helpful.
There will be tons of talk and comparison (independant of us) on the way soon.
Old 29th June 2020
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Sorry if this is a thick question, but is this mic an actual circuit clone of a u87?
Old 30th June 2020
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Sorry if this is a thick question, but is this mic an actual circuit clone of a u87?
Yes it sure is. !!

Cheers
Old 30th June 2020
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Do u ship to germany and whats the cost?
Old 2nd July 2020
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Do u ship to germany and whats the cost?
Hi there. Yes we certainly ship to Germany.

Cost is 70$aud.

Thanks

Ben
Old 2nd July 2020
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Hi Ben,

Wondering how this differs in sound to the Isobel?
Old 3rd July 2020
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Same here!
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