Neumann TLM 102 - Nickel by daez
Grabbed this mic mostly because it was affordable and I heard great demos of it in action. When I first removed it from the box I was seriously stunned at how small it is. Had to be the smallest mic I have ever seen. My first thought was how can this tiny thing be any good.There's no way this mic will compete with other mic's three times its size with tubes and what not.I proceed to plug it into my chandler germ pre and do a little speaking into it.
sounds good has some zing in the top you would expect from a neumann but not as bright as its big brother the tlm103 and in a good way. A bit later a singer friend of mine came by so I show him the little guy. He chuckles at it's appearance so he does a quick acoustic guitar and vocal take and we both smile at each other on playback. it really sounds great well balanced not too much of anything and with no noticeable scoop in the frequency range. A few weeks later I got the shock mount to go with and that alleviated the only problem I had with this mic (structural born resonance).As of now I have been using this mic for months and it has only gotten better to me. It has a very tight radio like sound in a good way and is very clean. Overall the tlm102 is really good for the money and size . I would rate it a solid 8 and recommend it to small studios for that neumann sound and reliability or to bigger studios that need some little mic's to fit in tight places like around the drum kit where i'm sure it would be equally at home.