When it comes to large diaphragm condenser microphones, there is no more beloved mic than the Neumann U47. The U47 is stylish, sounds incredible, and has the distinct honor of being used on sessions by everyone from Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald to The Beatles and Bob Dylan.

As far as modern reproductions of the U47 go, Flea Microphones has created a masterful take on the classic tube mic. The Flea 47 gets the details right by accurately replicating the most important components of the U47; the M7 capsule, the BV8 transformer and Telefunken's EF12 Tube. How close does it sound to the real thing? Continue on to find out.

Watch our new video below featuring a shootout with the Flea 47 (F7 capsule version) and a vintage Neumann U47. Throughout the session, both microphones are used to capture Madelyn Grant's vocals, Dustin McLaughlin on electric guitar, and Bryan Reilly on acoustic guitar and drums.

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If you're interested in purchasing a Flea 47 or a vintage Neumann U47, reach out to a Vintage King Audio Consultant via email or by phone at 866.644.0160.