DA 87i DIY Microphone Kit
Build your own vintage '87 clone
Starting at $599 | Ships in early July
A legend, reborn. The DA 87i DIY microphone kit features a beautifully designed body, premium components, professional shockmount, wood box, and crystal-clear full-color instructions to guide you every step of the way.
The DA 87i circuit is our faithful reproduction of the original U87i, inspired by the original schematics and updated for DIY. Every signal path is accounted for and adapted to make your build easy.
The DA 87i DIY Kit includes our incredible DA-K87 capsule and components from Fairchild, Vishay, Dale, WIMA, and more.
Easy to build
Follow along with the detailed, full-color printed assembly guide. Build at your own pace with easy-to-follow instructions.
Have questions during your build? We’re here to help with guidance and low-cost “just-in-case” replacement parts. You got this.
Hearing is believing.
It all starts with the capsule. Designed exclusively for the DA 87i circuit, the DA-K87 capsule is a K87 replica that features precision-drilled backplates and Japanese 6-micron gold-sputtered mylar. The result is a warm, musical tone and remarkably smooth highs.
Build your ’87 in an afternoon.
Easy to follow build guide. Lifetime support. Every DA 87i DIY kit includes a set of printed instructions so you can get started right away. Dachman Audio products are backed by free, lifetime support — we’re here to help.
Faithful, vintage-inspired circuit design.
The authentic sound of a legend — The all-new DA 87i combines the most sought after microphone circuit with premium components that are sure to impress even the most discerning purists. Every aspect of the DA 87i has been meticulously designed to create a microphone that captures your performance with the famous, vintage tone you’ve been chasing.
Premium components. No compromises.
A True K87 Condenser Capsule
Features premium gold-sputtered 6-micron Japanese mylar and precision-drilled electrically insulated brass backplates — it's what makes the DA 87i so special.
Genuine Fairchild JFET
The included hand-selected Fairchild 2N3819 JFET is the widely-accepted standard when you want to build a true '87 replica microphone.
Nearly impossible to find, we've invested in a large stock of genuine Fairchild JFETs solely for our DA 87i.
Custom Polystyrene Capacitors
An absolute necessity if you're going to build a spot-on '87-style vintage replica — polystyrene caps are a big part of the magic that make this mic the perfect choice on so many sources.
WIMA and Panasonic FC Caps
These industry-leading, carefully chosen components actually match and improve on the specifications of the materials used in the original, vintage microphone.
The included T87 transformer gives the DA 87i all the vintage mojo you'd expect from the most famous microphone in recording history.
Hand-selected and precision-matched, these 2.2k resistors have been measured to within .4% of each other — a big part of what makes the DA 87i low-noise, even for an '87-style replica.
Why the DA 87i sounds authentic
In order to achieve the most authentic sound, the DA 87 uses the highest quality materials throughout, including 1% resistors from Vishay Dale and WIMA capacitors.
Why the DA 87i is easier to build
Each DA 87i DIY kit includes pre-matched 2.2k resistors to within .4%, along with precision-measured Fairchild 2N3819 JFET that’s been hand-selected for optimal performance.
Pre-order your DA 87i today
Ships early July 2022
Great quality microphone with all the peripherals. Excellent instructions as easy to follow as a Lego set. Very basic soldering skills needed, just take your time and double check all components are in the right place before soldering. I’ve A/B’d my 87 clone against an original Neumann U87 and was shocked at the similarity. Would definitely recommend!
I have a modest mic locker, a dozen mics not more. Four of them are Large diaphragm condenser mics and I can easily say D87i is the best mic I own. It sounds warm, with silky top end and a lot of details. Definitely not sorry to pull the trigger and would do it again in a heart beat.
If you are a true audio equipment lover as I am and have been for many years, then this Dachman DIY kit was made just for you. Imagine building a high end, all pattern microphone, with your own hands, from scratch. Not only do you get a pro performance mic but also the pride that you built it yourself. I’m enjoying the journey.
Great value, exactly as promised. The kit is very high quality with clear instructions and solid design.
Excellent quality studio mics and a competitive price!
Great product and excellent pricing! The customer attention is fantastic as well as sincere.
It worked first time ! Fun little project Great communication and service
The sound of the mic is terrific. It sounds smooth and warm, clean and clear. I'll be recording with it for years to come. The build is extremely solid and a very near match to my Neumann U87ai. Great fun to build, with clear instructions. I did end up contacting Dachman a couple of times with questions, and received extremely prompt, accurate, and super-helpful responses to all of my questions, resulting is a really great mic that will last the test of time and be a great addition to my mic locker. Well done, Dachman!
I have built two microphone kits now. Both have well made parts and high quality parts. The assembly directions are well thought out and easy to use. It helps if you have had experience soldering. The finished product is something that will last.
Top mic's!!! I will order some more that is for shure. Best wishes to Dachman audio.
This somewhat complex build was made much easier thanks to the very clear step by step instructions. I've got another great sounding mic to add to my locker.
Great kit! A/B with a genuine U87, we liked the Dachman better! Smoother high end without the "bite" that the U87 can have. Liked it so much, we got a second one.