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> 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
>

Matt,

I've never heard 'em, so I'm not sure.  I do know that the Marantz tech
people at least say that the preamps are completely different from the
670--and in a good way.

Have you looked at the Oade Brothers modifications?
http://www.oade.com

If you only need a 16 bit machine and the Oade specs look good to you, it
might make sense to get a modified 670.

For the record, I'm not connected to Oade at all--I've just heard good
things about their PMD mods.

andy

-- 
Andy Kolovos
Archivist/Folklorist
Vermont Folklife Center
www.vermontfolklifecenter.org
akolovos @ vermontfolklifecenter.org