Microphone-Parts.com T-47 Kit by CindyB
I bought the T-47 as a general purpose mic, but my main wish was a mic for recording upright bass acoustically. Big thanks to Matt at MicrophoneParts.com for helping me narrow my search to the T-47. The build was very straight forward. All the parts were there and were clearly marked. The manual is amazing. If there was a Pulitzer Prize for instruction manuals, this one would win hands-down. Reading the list of recommended tools on the web site before hand is a wise idea. The long, pointy soldering iron tip was really important. Building the kit took about four hours, but I had a bad cold and too much help from cats. If you can focus on building, it should be more like two to three hours. I've built kits before and I never expect things to work right the first time I plug it in. Except for this kit. It worked perfectly. No resoldering, or pouring over the manual to figure out where I messed up. The soldering iron was still warm and I was using the mic! I couldn't hear any noise at all from the mic itself and I listened very hard. It's very sensitive. It picks up really subtle things. You will want to hunt down tiny room noises or they'll drive you crazy. The mic response is much flatter than other mics I have. It doesn't have that "chirpy" high-end boost that I really hate when micing instruments. Some may find it a tad dark. Personally, I liked the darkness for the instruments I'm recording. I may have to boost the mids a bit to get things perfect, but at least the mids and lows are there and aren't being buried by the highs. I think this would be a great mic for male vocals too. The T-47 sounds great up close, but it also seems good farther away. I look forward to experimenting with it as a room mic. Oh yeah, on top of all this, it's green. What more could I want?
The only negative I could find (hence the 4 on "ease of use") is you have to unscrew the shell to access the switches for the pad and the cardioid/omni settings. However, it does have these controls which a lot of mics don't.