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Old 2nd July 2020
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The 193/170/89 are the unhyped neumann's. Safe choices if you find used.
The 89 adds a transformer, and was intended to be an update to the U87. Instead we got brighter music when we went digital.


Coles 4038 is one end of the spectrum you don't get elsewhere. Not as useful as an AEA 84, or as good on cab details as a 121. But sometimes that mic brings it like nothing else when you want thick.

4038 is my fav mic in the world. In practice it get's use on overheads 70%, Guitar cab 50%, vocals 20%, other 20%.

AEA 44CE might be what you are looking for. Killer mic, but it's big and costs a bit.