SA-87 MK3- Condenser Microphone

Vintage Large-diaphragm Condenser Mic

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(37 customer reviews)


The SA-87 is an exact reproduction of a 1979 (rev16) vintage Neumann U 87 microphone, considered by most engineers as the finest sounding U 87 ever made.

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A replica of one of the finest sounding condenser microphones in history

We have recreated the distinctive character of the 1979 (rev16) Neumann U 87  microphone to the very last detail, and for the first time, at a price that makes it affordable to anyone.

The SA-87 is made with premium components

The SA-87 features premium Vishay capacitors on the audio path as well as polystyrene capacitors, which are more stable and much more linear in the top end. This makes them the perfect choice for feedback circuitry. Every unit comes with a Lundahl output transformer.

The main shortcoming with current offerings is polarization voltage. While current models feature 60V, the vintage units were rated at 48V. The lower voltage of polarization makes the capsule sound more musical and mellow as well as increasing the microphone’s headroom, hence making it less susceptible to distortion.

We have remained 100% faithful to the original vintage circuit and schematic and have made no compromise in parts which ensures you are getting the best sounding microphone possible.


100% satisfaction guarantee – if you don’t love your SA-87, we’ll refund you

If you’ve used an original vintage U 87 before, we’re extremely confident the SA-87 will put a big smile on your face every time you use it.

However, if you’ve never touched the original before, as gear-lovers ourselves we understand that the only way to really know if this microphone is for you, is to put it through its paces. That’s why the SA-87 comes with a 30-day money back guarantee. This allows you to get it into your studio and see how it impacts your recordings. If you love it (and we think you will!), great…keep the unit and create amazing music with it. If not, no problems. Just send it back to us and we’ll fully refund your purchase. Don’t worry, whichever way you decide to go we will remain friends.

Technical Specs

  • Pizzolante Labs K87
  • True to the original vintage schematic (rev 16)
  • Lundahl output transformer
  • Vishay Capacitors
  • Polystyrene capacitors
  • Custom microphone holder
  • Omnidirectional, cardioid and figure 8
  • 20Hz – 20kHz frequency response
  • Hand made in Chile
  • 1 year warranty
  • 30 day money back guarantee

37 reviews for SA-87 MK3- Condenser Microphone

  1. Richard Plotkin

    This is an *amazing* microphone. Stam Audio is meticulous in the quality of products they make.

  2. Jake Robertz

    Absolutely in love with the sound. Did a shoot out with a new U87 and preferred the character of the Stam. Well worth the wait.

  3. Steve G

    The SA-87 is a piece of art! Very solidly built. Vocals sound absolutely outstanding with this microphone. This mic also takes EQ beautifully. I have it going into my Stam Audio 1073EQ preamp (with Sowter output transformer)…and the combination is killer…especially with the EQ dialed in!


    Just ordered my second-MUST have a pair of these. Sounds so so great on everything. Built like a tank-heavy in the hands- a joy to hold and plug in and let that gold warm sound flow into your recorder. STOP F!@#$%^&K around and get a real Mic! This is it!

  5. fkenbo

    I bought four SA-87 for use in Japan. The sound quality is almost the same as the original 87i in the studio.
    It is an almighty mic that can be used for various recordings such as vocals, pianos, strings, and brass.
    I highly recommend it.

  6. Nils Christian Fossdal

    Very happy with these mics! Pairs up nicely with the Neve 1073 for vocals. Great!

  7. Steve “Rock Star” Dickey (verified owner)

    Just took this mic out for it’s first session a few days after receiving it and it was love at first listen. Ran it through my Neve Shelford channel, the sound was phenomenal! Soon to have a permeant home in my studio A Top Secret Location once construction is done!

  8. Wes

    The SA87 is an affordable means into the U87 world. This microphone sounds fantastic as well as all of their other microphones. Built well with a classic look.

  9. Wes E

    This microphone is very great for the money. I am very happy with it. Have been using it on vocals so far. Definitely recommend!

  10. Wes E

    Great great microphone. Very impressed and happy with it. Stam makes great products!

  11. Michael Harmon

    The SA-87 is a truly great sounding microphone. It sounds every bit as good or better in some cases than my Neumann microphones. Not a fan of the shock mount, but it works. Considering the cost, it’s a no brainier. Just have to be extremely patient with shipping times. Mine took almost 11 months to ship after I put down my deposit.

  12. thane

    The new Stam audio 87 (neuman U87 clone) mic is working out well. I’m so glad I bought it.

    It was a hassle getting it here – it took 10 months, and for a while i was wondering if I had been conned. But in the end I realized that it was a quality issue they were working on changing suppliers of the main component.

    In the end it was worth it.

  13. TimHo

    Wow!! What a great microphone and worth the wait… Great body and clarity. Have used many vintage U87’s over the years and this does not disappoint. Amazing mic on vocals, guitars and drum room. Keep up the amazing work Stam Audio!!! You’re truly making a mark.

  14. Jamie Sitar

    Wow! This mic is everything that I love about old U87’s without the price tag. Full and detailed, yet tight and smooth. I just did my first vocal session with my SA87 and could not believe how little I paid to get “that” sound. I would choose this over a new U87ai any day. It doesn’t hurt that I can buy 4 or 5 of them for the cost of 1 Neumann!

  15. D. James Goodwin

    Just got them yesterday after an admittedly long wait. But I have to say, they are absolutely fantastic. They compare VERY favorably to my old Neumann 87s, but are damn closely matched and my old ones are definitely not. These are truly great microphones, especially at this price.

  16. Tommy

    Purchased this mic from Turnlab in Belgium. Absolutely stunning sounding mic. So silky, smooth & full sounding. This mic is in a league of its own compared to other mics in the same price range, and I guarantee it tops more expensive mics too!

  17. Riccardo Mazza

    Fantastic!! I used few older models in late 80’ and sa 87 really gives me again that amazing sound!! 5 stars!!!!

  18. Stijn Donders

    I can’t really add much by the looks of these reviews, besides telling everyone I they are all right! After trying out this mic for the past few weeks I can honestly say I have not used a better LDC in my life.

    It has a beautiful detailed vintage sound. A bit dark with a touch of saturation in the mid-lows. When treated with eq it can be brightened to taste without it ever sounding thin or harsh.

    I love the sound of this piece of art and thank the good people at Stam Audio for their hard work and time they put into these mics. We can hear it!!

  19. Brian (verified owner)

    Amazing! Just blown away by this. Best mic I have ever owned. Well worth the money and I like supporting small companies and Josh is a great guy. Watch his interview. They really put effort into the details and appeal to us small studio owners

  20. Darien Omar

    This microphone is AMAZING!! It is mind blowing how a mic at this price point can be so thick in the middle and have great definition in the top end. I just got my mic on 12/05/2020 and I am already 5 songs into my EP. Joshua, this is a solid product!

  21. hwang.suhyung

    This microphone is way better than I expected. It sounds well balanced and rich. I can say this is way better than my other $1000 bucks level mics.

  22. Emil

    My SA87 arrived today and I tried it on vocal and guitar and … OMG. Amazing. I always owned cheap and middle price microphones despite I have a lot of experience with more expensive and profesional gear. By profesional I mean sound and built quality. Price of this microphone is extremly low for this quality.
    I was looking for U87 style mic and my choices were SA87, WA87 or Neumann TLM103. And for my ears SA87 sounds way better than both WA87 and TLM103. Maybe because this is the sound I heard on a lot of records but I don’t care any more. I like it.

    Especialy I like how microphone handles high frequencies. Highs are silky and present but sibilants sounds very smooth. I run SA87 through my Neve 73 syle preamp and EQ and no matter how much highs I add the sibilants and air is well balanced.
    To my ears this microphone have a lot of good sounding low mids that are fat and smooth so for radio voice is amazing and for singing vocals bring strenght and fatnes to vocal without being anoying and boomy.

    I’m so happy that I choose SA87 and I’m looking forward to work with it a lot. I would recommend it to all who are looking for a real vintage version of U87.

  23. Will Booth

    Beautiful mic, gives me that classic sound with that bit of help in the lower midrange. Had instantly good sounds on vocals and acoustic guitars.

  24. simonjohns99

    I received the SA-87 really fast and it works flawlessly, like i was hoping too. Good job Stam audio team and Joshua is such a cool guy and always respond to my numerous questions! will buy again !

  25. Yesha Moor

    This mic is beautiful…golden!!! I couldn’t be more pleased with my decision to purchase the SA-87. I still have more things to learn about this beauty, but getting to know her has been amazing!!! It’s definitely the best mic I’ve ever owned, and at this price point it can’t be beat!!!

  26. Mick S

    A very well made great sounding product made by a company that cares about the details. Very Satisfied with this purchase.

  27. Ephraim A.

    What else can I add that others have not mentioned? Stam Audio has come a long way since 2018 when I bought the first SA-87. The mic only keeps getting better! Not only that, this mic beats out a lot of the competition in its price range and beyond! In my opinion, a pair of the SA-87 and the SA-67 will suffice any good studio. If you only have a budget for one pair, I’d go SA-67 because of a magical sparkle it produces that’s just amazing! However, the SA-87 does not fall behind at all! There’s a rich warmth in the SA-87 that’s hard to describe because I haven’t heard it in any big production mic in its class which makes it flexible to manipulate with EQ (hardware or plugins). Best wishes and I hope this review helps in solidifying your decision process for this mic.

    Great work Stam Audio Team!

  28. Breymien

    Short to me I am a rapper and engineer from Germany. If I describe my voice as it sounds I would say I have a deep voice with deep nasal parts. In addition, I have loud sounds in the 8-12khz range even after very strong S and my voice also has a very strong volume down to 90 Hertz. The Stam Audio SA87mk3 sounds just right. Compared to my u87ai, I can’t find any difference that would be important in the mix. The S sounds are extremely soft, even if the treble is increased drastically. I even like the Sa87 a little better because the high mids sound less harsh than the u87ai. The case and basket are of very good quality. I am so excited about this microphone and the work of stam that I hope I can buy another SA800G. Thank you for this wonderful microphone Breymien

  29. Jeff O’Rourke

    I am loving this microphone. It’s like having a new/vintage U87 at a fraction of the cost. Meticulous workmanship, mic feels solid and well built. Warm, up front vocals with that classic LDC sound. Thanks again Stam for another great product!

  30. hugochavez117 (verified owner)

    I’ve been using a Rhode NT-1 for 2 years as it’s my first large diaphragm condenser – I bought the SA-87 to upgrade. I always thought my NT1 did the job and sounded pretty good after a few eq moves in post. I wasn’t trying to do a shoot out but I did record my acoustic guitar with both to compare differences and this SA87 blew it out the water in a serious way. I’ve never hear an 87 other than on youtube so I can’t make that comparison, but nonetheless this mic is absolutely a good buy. The 3 polar patters make a huge difference, the built in highpass filter is useful and smooth sounding – I almost always use it. The clarity from this mic is phenomenal and the build quality great. Feels heavy, is actually way bigger than I thought, and came within a few weeks after ordering to LA county, CA. Good job Stam. My expectations have been exceeded again – this is my second purchase from Stam and I look to make some more actually.

  31. Murrell Thixton

    I purchased this microphone after reading lots of reviews and listening online to every recording I could. When reading the reviews there was a lot of complaining about the length of time to receive items. Obviously this was a concern and it did make me a little apprehensive. I took the plunge and I just want to say my experience with Joshua and Stam Audio were professional and everything I was told was never reneged upon. It did take quite a while to receive my microphone but it was well worth the wait. Got the microphone mainly for vocals and it has been nothing short of fantastic. Hope to pick up one of the tube mics in the future.

  32. Patrick Vyvyan

    I’d heard very positive comments about Stam Audio, but never in my wildest imagination thought Joshua was based in Chile, and not only Chile, but Viña del Mar, a very attractive coastal resort with spectacular beaches. As I live only about 150 km away, a visit was essential! I bought both the SA-47 FET and this SA-87. I am absolutely delighted with both, still exploring the differences for voices, instruments and bass/guitar amps. We recorded some acoustic guitar using the 47 on bridge and the 87 in figure-of-eight on the frets – WOW! Hours of quality fun ahead with these two beasts!

  33. Los Leo

    Honestly the best move I’ve made on studio equipment. I use this microphone everyday, it has a perfect balance of character and clarity.

  34. Cary Ripsch (verified owner)

    I received my SA87 several days ago and immediately put it to use in my current session. What an amazing microphone!!! It is so smooth and transparent. I can’t get over the HUGE improvement on both vocals and acoustic guitar. Josh and his team did a fantastic job of keeping apprised of the status of my shipment. It arrived extremely packed. I would definitely recommend this mic to anyone and will be looking to purchase other things from Stam Audio.

  35. Stephen Ketner

    I have been an sa-87 user since 2017. I have the version that still incorporated the eric heiserman capsule.

    I co-owned a small studio in Dallas from 2017-2020 called The Bear Factory. This mic showed up on basically every project we did. Whether pop and rap vocals, male and female, voice over, drum overheads, guitar cabs, bass cab, acoustic guitar, etc, even horns. It was on everything.

    I’ve since moved to Houston and rebuilt a small home studio and this mic sits permanently on my desk next to my chair. It’s the first mic that records most of my ideas or the ideas of artists that come by. Sometimes it gets replaced, but usually most of the tracks stay in the session.

    I recently became an owner of the sa-47 mkii, and the sa-251, both brilliant mics and reviews will be forthcoming after I have more time with them.

    But I’ve had 5 years now with the sa-87, and I plan to keep it the rest of my life. I’ve used the vintage u87s at Palmyra studios in DFW along with a pair of U87ai’s that belonged to the late great Lee Schloss (RIP). This mic doesn’t really sound like either of them to me, it sounds much better. It delivers transients exceptionally well without harshness, BUT it also has a low midrange character thing going on that the vintage 87 and AI do not possess.

    In omni it’s very very flat sounding and is excellent on horns and piano in that setting.

    10 out of 10 recommend. This mic will definitely fill the hole in your studio that any 87 offering normally would, and much much more.

    Yes, I remember this mic took a minute to show up at my door. And it had a small noise issue when it arrived. Josh quickly got me in touch with a tech and he fixed it easily, something had come loose in shipping from Chile. The mic has responded perfectly in hundreds of hours of sessions since for over five years.

    There’s the old adage things can be cheap, fast and good but never all three at once. Josh is sometimes slow, but he is a tiny company, he’s grown a lot over the last decade, he’s a true gentleman if you ever get to speak to him directly, he also has a great sense of humor and is very self aware.

    Don’t go sleeping on Stam. You may wait a little longer than usual for replies to emails and products may be delayed.

    Get over it. You can go spend 3-5x times as much for an inferior product who answers your emails slightly more promptly. That’s rad if that’s how you roll. I like things that sound good. Emails don’t record great sounding records, but a great sounding mic certainly does. Emails don’t inspire me to make better music. And no artist has ever come to me and sang through this mic after getting the take of their life and said “shame the manufacturer doesn’t answer emails faster.”

    There’s are really non-issues in the grand scheme of your career as an engineer and producer. The inspiration I get from this mic is not. It puts food on the table and gas in my car.

    Thank you Josh and the whole Stam family!

  36. niklas

    Despite high expectations, I was blown away by this microphone. It sounds remarkably three dimensional and the top register doesn’t just cut through the mix – it sounds absolutely lovely. A fantastic vocal mic!

  37. Franklin Rosell

    I bought a SA47 it took 3 weeks to arrive but was damaged in shipment capsule was loose…Stam sent it out for repair right away and refunded me…I never got a chance to hear it but I picked up a 2019 SA87 with Heiserman HK87 Capsule with Sowter transformer for a good price and I’m really impressed with it…It’s crisp and clear…Sounds Great on it’s own and also paired with my SHURE KSM44 it’s built very well…sounds great on E Guitar and it’s my new work horse! It has some heft to it and it’s mic holder is also bold and tuff looking! I’ve always wanted this microphone and Josh made that possible I will never sale it! Thanks so much Stam Audio I look forward to doing business with you again! Those Fed Ex guys just throwing boxes 📦 I tell ya! I sold a Avantone CV-12 to partly fund this…This Mic kicks the shit out of that mic! Don’t even think about it just get one!

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