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Old 8th May 2016
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Originally Posted by legato View Post
Re. microphone modifications by Michael Joly.

Dennis would say Joly mods microphones, but 3U Audio mics (and Stellar) are "pre-modded".
Which is the better starting point BTW.

I'll add that IMO the Joly mods are a bit um ... one-sided.
IMO there are better mic modders.

Finally, his behaviour on this here forum was such that he got banned.

Oh, and the price of a donor mic plus mod, if on par quality wise (!), won't beat the 3U Audio price.
Not clear on what you mean about "one sided".

IME, Joly does excellent work, but he has a different agenda sonically than many here. He has no intention of mimicking the classics as much he is going for a non hyped natural transparency. This can end up being close in some ways to the classics but ultimately different. Some might even prefer the Joly, if that quality is what you're after.

And just a reminder that he replaces the capsule with his own k47 style design that works better than the overly bright stock capsules with the stock electronics, that he then tweaks as well. And his head basket mod is not a small thing, though again, with the different goal of reducing internal standing waves and increasing transient clarity. Point being that his mods are not insignificant though they are often with different goals in mind than some.

I would guess that the comparison to the 3U mics would be an apples to oranges thing, though the 3U may well end up being a better value for many.