Originally posted by Benjy King Can't get the tube.
The EF86 is in no short supply, but the early soundelux mics used the 6072, which is getting scarcer and scarcer, quality versions at least. I think manley stopped using them in their mic pre's for the same reason.
The U-95S was the next generation of U-95. The original U-95 had a Chinese capsule and different electronics. The U-95S had a capsule made by B.L.U.E. and an appropriate amplifier for the different capsule.
The E-47 has a capsule made in Europe, but not by B.L.U.E... but it still grew from the U-95S... with a cosmetic that was kind of similiar to an old favorite, the new model number appeared [there are actual reasons for the change in cosmetic... as the acoustic signature of the grill assembly is a big part of the tone of the microphone]... but the E-47 was originally conceived as an evolutionary progression of the tool.
In many ways I like it better than the U-95S, in other ways, I don't. They're both very cool tools... but the fact of the matter is that the E-47 has replaced the U-95S in the Soundelux line of products... and that's that.
I've never had my U95s make it to tape for vocals yet. My U195 see's alot more use. What are you guys using for mic pre's? Anything else it works great on? I think the only thing else I've used it for was background vocals which it was OK on, and sax, and I tend to really like either my Lawson L47mp on sax, or an RCA 44 or 77.