I use a pair of Royer 122v tube ribbon microphones with special silver interconnects. These feed a special custom built microphone preamplifier based on 2 of Western Electric’s legendary tubes – WE437a input & WE300b output tubes. This is interstage transformer coupled with no capacitors in the signal path. This mic-pre is magical in its sensitivity and the full timbre and texture of string instruments are resolved in a very natural manner. There is no mixer or subsequent signal processing, so you are hearing the purest signal possible.
Western Electric 437a & 300b based microphone pre-amp
Recording Studer A80, with Stax Headphones & 6900 tubed record amp
The Studer A80s have a custom record amp based on the 6900 gold pin Bendex tube and the playback amp is again based on the WE437a.
2 Studer A80s with tubed record & playback amps making your duplicate tapes
Connections between tubed record & playback amps