BB29 is a cardioid condenser mic from Latvia’s JZ Microphones and is the first in their signature series. It’s a single membrane design with 24mm centre-tapped diaphragm manufactured using their golden drop technology. According to JZ this method achieves a lighter and more agile diaphragm. The mic has a cassette-style body with slightly oversized headstock and although roughly the same size as their Black Hole mics, with no hole it’s more reminiscent of their Amethyst mic (originally from Violet Design mics).
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