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Why is the Sterling Audio ST59 So Little Known? Condenser Microphones
Old 1 week ago
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Why is the Sterling Audio ST59 So Little Known?

I recently got an Sterling Audio ST59 for really cheap off an auction on Ebay, and while I've been waiting for it to ship, I have been looking for reviews and thoughts on the mic. I can find hardly anything in terms of reviews and it seems like it's not very well known at all among the audio community. Why is this?
Old 1 week ago
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Sterling is an interesting brand. I won’t try to restate the history, but it is now a house brand of Musician’s Friend. I don’t think the ST59 is a current offering, so it may be an orphan product from a brand that is now just that, a brand, not really a design team or production facility that has any history.
I don’t know anything about your particular model.
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It appears to be a re-packaged groove tubes mic. 22db self-noise is insanely high for an FET mic in 2019.

http://recordinghacks.com/microphones/Sterling/ST59
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It appears to be a re-packaged groove tubes mic. 22db self-noise is insanely high for an FET mic in 2019.

Sterling Audio ST59 FET | RecordingHacks.com
I had questions about that as well because on various sites it also quotes it's equivalent weighted noise as 14dbA.
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It appears to be a re-packaged groove tubes mic. 22db self-noise is insanely high for an FET mic in 2019.

Sterling Audio ST59 FET | RecordingHacks.com
Aspen Pittman/Groove Tubes... that’s the orphan family. According to the link, it is a three pattern fairly flat mic. I owned a pair of Aspen Pittman tube mics for a few years. They were a good buy in the 1990s. I don’t know how to evaluate those mics today.
Old 6 days ago
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ST-31's are my go to snare mic.
Old 6 days ago
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I’ve gotta pick up another and try that Jim!

I had a couple but needed the bodies since the EV RE200 bodies wouldn’t really go back together after pulling them apart to have the circuits replaced with something more Sony C37A-like. Apparently, it just so happens the RE200 capsule fits perfectly in the stock ST31 capsule holder! Anyhow, it all amazingly really smoothed out the RE200 capsule, compared to the stock RE200; which I found sounded great but very bright. My custom mics from Barbaric Amplification I consider very balanced and I can really hear compression sound.

Anyhow, all that was rather off topic, but I mention, really, to show that you’ll probably never outgrow a Sterling mic. You’ll always find use for them; be them stock or otherwise!
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