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    Impulse buy...

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    Just wanted to share my excitement. I just purchased an Audio Technica AT4060 on eBay for $550 with free shipping. I didn't have much time to do any research, as this was purely a Buy-It-Now impulse buy, but I'm guessing this is a pretty good deal?

    I'm currently using an MXL992...so I'm assuming this will be a significant upgrade? My preamp is the Groove Tubes Brick.

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    Well that excitement was short-lived. Just got this message from the seller:

    >>>I have refunded your money for the AT4060 microphone. The reason for
    this is when I relisted the mic and revised the listing I forgot to change the quantity to 1 microphone. (though I did state it in the revised description
    there was only 1 left) Someone bought the microphone before you with Buy it Now so I must let it go to the earlier bidder. I sincerely aplogize for any incovenience here. I have never made this kind of mistake on ebay before.
    So again I apologize. If you are charged any extra PayPal fees for this
    transaction I will refund you those. <<<<

    Weak!

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    Well, if you decide you decide you want to buy one new, 8th Street has an open box listing for $700 new according to Froogle, though it doesn't show up on their web site anymore. That probably tells you that you could talk Guitar Center or your local music store down to somewhere close to that; 8th Street is not going to sell one at a loss even with an open box....

    In the rare cases where they show up on eBay and actually sell, they sell for about $600, but most of them don't get bid up past about $400 (and don't meet the seller's reserve). The ones listed at over $600 almost never sell.

    Based on that, $550 for a used one is an okay deal, but I wouldn't call it spectacular. It's just unfortunate that 90% of the listings have such a high reserve that they don't sell. You'd think the sellers would figure that out and lower their reserve to something closer to the product's actual value, but that isn't happening. Oh well.
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    ...no doubt the 4060 is a sweet mic BUT there are some other tube condensers that are (IMHO) in the same class for less money...

    ...check out the Rode K2 (good price here):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rode-K2-LIKE-NEW...QQcmdZViewItem

    ...or the Studio Projects T3 (a Harvey Gerst favorite):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Studio-Projects-...QQcmdZViewItem

    ...I've used all three mics and frankly, I prefer the K2 with an upgraded NOS tube (it has the lowest "noise" factor and the least "colored" sound of all three), but that's just my $.02...

    ***one other mic that has been getting stellar reviews (although I've not used one as yet) is M-Audio's Sputnik...also goes for around $550...
    http://cgi.ebay.com/M-Audio-Sputnik-...QQcmdZViewItem
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    Quote Originally Posted by kidvybes
    ...no doubt the 4060 is a sweet mic BUT there are some other tube condensers that are (IMHO) in the same class for less money...

    ...check out the Rode K2 (good price here):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Rode-K2-LIKE-NEW...QQcmdZViewItem

    ...or the Studio Projects T3 (a Harvey Gerst favorite):
    http://cgi.ebay.com/Studio-Projects-...QQcmdZViewItem

    You gotta' be kidding me. The 4060 is a professional tool. The others you listed are just kind of fun toys to play around with, and that look cute on a mic stand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chessrock
    You gotta' be kidding me. The 4060 is a professional tool. The others you listed are just kind of fun toys to play around with, and that look cute on a mic stand.

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    ...granted the 4060 is a well respected piece of equipment, but have YOU used the other mics?...I have...so my opinion is based on experience with all three products...your's Chess (as usual) is based on the premise that anything made by Shure or Audio Technica has gotta be better than any of the "other" brands (namely Chinese or in this case Australian product)...

    ...that assumption is old and outdated...I sold my 4050 in favor of another "import" mic for a similar reason (the AT mics were being passed over in my studio when A/B'd against some of these other mics)...if it sounds good, it IS good, regardless of the name on the mic...I use (and recommend) what works for me and the artists I work with...

    ...here's someone who had a similar opinion when comparing the K2 and 4060:
    http://www.studioreviews.com/rodeK2.htm
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    If you're still looking for a good mic in a lower price range, try to find a used MXL V77. I preferred the V77 to the SP T3, which is a little bit more expensive.

    I've used a Pearlman TM-1, U87s, a U47, VIP-50, and some other high-end mics, and I can honestly say that the V77 is a quality piece of gear, regardless of its price.

    They should run around $200-300.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kidvybes
    your's Chess (as usual) is based on the premise that anything made by Shure or Audio Technica has gotta be better than any of the "other" brands (namely Chinese or in this case Australian product)...
    According to whom? Where are you getting this information from? An assumption? I think if anyone is making a blind assumption, it's you.

    ...here's someone who had a similar opinion when comparing the K2 and 4060:
    http://www.studioreviews.com/rodeK2.htm
    And just who is this assclown of a reviewer? Any idiot can throw a review on the web and pretend it means something. I want to know this guy's qualifications before I start proclaiming him some mic guru. I gave my opinion on this subject, and it's based on direct experience with just about all of the Shure and Audio Technica line ... along with the 797 and Shanghai product line, including the T3 and v77.

    And although you got me on the Rode thing ... I've had enough experience with just about any and every Rode product to say with strong confidence and conviction that if it says "Rode" anywhere on the mic, it's a good bet that it's complete crap. I'll take my chances with that assumption and play the odds on it any day. I honestly don't think that company is capable of making a product that isn't a complete pile of worthless crap and I've got a 99.99999% chance of being right.

    If they've somehow magically stumbled upon a great-sounding mic after all of these years in operation, then I'll only assume it was completely by accident. And I will also assume that once the positive reviews are out ... they will change the capsule along with the rest of the design in an effort to manufacture it cheaper. This company has a history of doing this, so if you're interested, you better buy now, because none of the Rodes, after the first batch, are going to be the same.

    In fact, I'd almost bet the reviewers receive a special limited edition version, if you catch my drift. And although I do apologize for these particular assumptions, again, I'll take my chances with them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chessrock
    You gotta' be kidding me. The 4060 is a professional tool. The others you listed are just kind of fun toys to play around with, and that look cute on a mic stand.

    .

    I don't think Harvey thinks the T3 is a toy...... Frankly, if he thinks it's a good mic, that's all I need to know......

    bilco

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