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New MJE FatBoy - Hear it vs. U 87
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New MJE FatBoy - Hear it vs. U 87 $579.00 $379.00
by Rigo Murrilo
I just received the mod'd MXL 910 from Michael Joly. VERY NICE!! It is on the dark character side, and does good with guitars and strings, because it doesn't hype the high frequencies. It adds some body to some small acoustic instruments, like mandolin, ukelele and violin.

I play the violin professionally and record it a lot. It is hard to find a microphone that makes the violin sound the way I hear it in my ears. This is it! Other microphones get a lot of the bow friction noise exaggerated. This one does not. I imagine this mic can be dull for some voices, depending on the talent, but it may be ideal for sibilant ones.

I have never had a "vintage" U87 (Michael Joly has A-B comparisons on his website) but I have heard samples, and this mic seems to be on the darker side of the U87. Maybe the sound you get out of this mic will depend greatly on the preamp used. I tried it "on the cheap" with under-$400 equipment - Art Tube Pac Pre/compressor and Mackie VLZ-Pro mixer. Next, I will try it on a $30 Art Tube MP Studio Pre. It seems that the solid-state Mackie gives it a little of crispy-ness, for extra high end.

So far, I am satisfied. It fills my "dark mic" gap, and, with added slight EQ, it can be more articulate, if that's what you want.

Thanks, Michael Joly for a great mod and customer service!
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