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> Tough one, Matt. The price issue will make it impossible to get a decent
> Mic-pre and a CF recorder for less than the 671 (its around 700, if I
recall).
> Maybe you should buy one with a return privilege and give it a try - piano
is
> tough and needs a pre with very good transient response, which also brings
up the
> issue of mics. What is he using?
>
> Joe P.

I am currently using a pair of Joe Meek JM-47 "Meekrophones" (large
diaphragm cardioid condensers). He has a couple of Marshall mics, but
doesn't like them. I'm recommending a pair of Oktava MK-012 condensers.
The Marantz 671 is selling everywhere for $999, it's the 670 that goes for
$700. I'm just wondering if the "dramatically improved" preamps in the 671
are worth the extra $200 or if a better deal could be had with a cheaper
recorder and an external pre.

-Matt S