Thank you for doing this, lots of great information!
I saw on your website that you like the Mojave M-200 (I think it's now the MA-200)
"If you don't have a Telefunken U47 in your mic cabinet, try one of these great mics on your vocals."
Would like to care to elaborate on that? Do you ever use it yourself, on vocals even? I'd be able to afford one of them main use would be vocals but would obviously try it on acoustic instruments too if I had it.
I love the Mojave MA-200 and use it on vocals all the time. I own a beautiful classic Telefunken U47 which unfortunately has a chronic connector problem, so although I would reach for the U47 first, I'm often using the Mojave as back-up. No problem.
On a recent Sublime session my U47 was on the blink and we wound up using the Mojave MA-200. The singer, Rome, immediately went out and bought one.
The Telefunken has a wooly, somewhat grainy sound, warm and round and not too crisp. The Mojave has a similar body and warm breath without the stinging top end that I hate in most modern reproductions. I've bought and sold many of the newer boutique mics, and have tried dozens of them in studio "shootouts" over the years. The Mojave is one of the nicest most versatile mics you can have in your collection. I suggest buying a pair and using them for overheads, vocals, acoustic guitar, percussion, piano, Leslie cabinets, etc.
OMG Yay! you answered my question! Thanks so much.
So that's it then, I'm going to order an MA200, return it if I don't like it but the way you describe it sounds like what I'm after. It was the top end I was worrying about.
By the way, love your website and all your other creative undertakings. I always think Euros when I see Dollar amounts but the exchange rate being as it is your prices are well reasonable, so hopefully finances will allow me to budget for that this year.