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Old October 14th, 2009, 09:04 AM   #1
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Tram TR50 over Countryman B6? (B6 no good in field?)

I've been doing heavy research for wireless lavs, and I've narrowed it down to the Tram TR50 because of it's durability, accessories, & ease with cutting between a shotgun.

Yet I am very interested in the Countryman B6 for it's amazing size and sound, yet one thing is holding me back. I hear from people that outside, this isn't the best lav.

I do short films, documentary stuff, etc. so I'm in the field quite often. Can anyone back up this claim? Should I stick with my Tram (and G3 I plan on getting) or should I be persuaded the Countryman B6 is the way to go?

Much appreciated!

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Old October 14th, 2009, 09:35 AM   #2
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Both have pros and cons. Obviously, the B6 is easy to hide (in plain site if needed) but more subject to wind noise. The TR50 is physically easier to work with and faster in general due to it's larger size head, cable, clips, ect. (the B6's cable is extremely thin and a real pain to mount a vampire or lapel clip on.. like threading a needle)
IMO, if I had to choose just one, for mostly hidden mic work: the B6; Otherwise, the TR50.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 09:40 AM   #3
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Consider the Countryman B3 as well. Though it gets less press than the B6, it's just a bit larger, sounds the same, is cheaper and hides well. It's the choice I made when I was in the same predicament.
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Old October 14th, 2009, 05:25 PM   #4
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+1 on the B3. Hiding, of course, also gives you wind protection...a small amount. :)
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Old October 17th, 2009, 09:10 PM   #5
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Tram's are popular, however I would go with the B3 or B6. Then go get some Rycote Undercovers and you'll be good.
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Old October 18th, 2009, 04:32 PM   #6
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I use both the Trams and the B6s. They both sound good to me. Different, but both good. The Tram sounds a bit more natural and open but is harder to hide. The B6 sounds very good but has a somewhat thinner sound overall than the Tram. Mics are like golf clubs, you really end up needing a whole bag of them, different ones work better for certain situations.

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