Schoeps CM060 by Voivodinevampyr
The essence of Schoeps ? Not really ; an endangered or tricksty seller claim it to be akin to NEUMANN KM-84's capsule.
Honestly I'd put this assertion into question. Let's even reject it, for SCHOEPS's own honour sake. To the point : on many respects KM 84's sound better (I'm not acquainted with NEUMANN trade department, and I'd add recent many of recent ref's are truly inferior to their vintage counterparts). But the one & the other were not supposed to be compared as equivalent -apart from being condenser-type mic's.
This microphone, the CM060 is a special edition of the SCHOEPS acclaimed design from 1959. It features a bass roll-off which addressed its primary aim, serving as the main microphone in a church installation. At least 2 mm less on the width front (sorry to sound materialistic).
Of course was it -and still is- used in professional studios.
Best suited for : acoustical instruments, speech (although not with that boomy infra-bass that French radio emits as its standard), drumming. Piano... nope, 'didn't had what I expected with it directly plugged into quality grade interface.
To me it sounds fine, broadcast in between the good (neutral) and the bad (too thin !!!!!) sides. My consolation is that it was a God friendly essay, from a German manufacturer I think I'd have preferred to Neumann in another life.
My OBOLA rating ('trying not to personalise it)
In one word, let's say some vintage equipments appear transcending when compared to post-modern counterparts ; this one is not of those "golden reference", although certainly an interesting piece depending on your gearing.
WORTH : selective appliance, which makes it not an "all rounder" move
ASSET : some of us would find it descends to good extent from SCHOEPS delicacy, others that is suffers from too many trade-off's
VALUE : 350 $ ( 'paid the double)
FAMILY SPEC'ing :
CM 62 T omni characteristic 40 .. 16000 Hz
CM 64 T universal cardioid 40 .. 16000 Hz
CM 60 & CM 640 T close speech cardioid 200 .. 16000 Hz