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Old 2nd November 2017
Here for the gear

IMHO a microphone is no more than a tubular body, a grill, a capsule, several caps and resistors and in some cases a tube and power supply (chassis and s’more simple electronic circuitry). Using even top tier parts, it can be done within the $500-1000 range. Why anyone would be willing to shell out 9k for a current production mic is beyond me. That 5% magic some of you mentioned, is something that can be achieved by any decent engineer with half decent audio chain. Besides, a lot gets lost in the mix and further destroyed in the digital domain.
I’ve built some nice mics with Tim Campbell’s capsules and believe them to be of high quality. Don’t believe me? Try for yourself. Yeah, I know there are those who need to protect their investments (and their pride).