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PAR Excellence 2000

John Gatski (left), editor of Pro Audio Review, presents Gene Lawson the PAR Excellence Award for the L251 microphone at the AES 2000. Each year at the AES, Pro Audio Review writers and editors peruse the aisles to find the latest and greatest pro audio gear. Sequestered in a secret location, the judges then nominate and vote on their choices for the coveted PAR Excellence Award based on the following criteria: innovation, value, performance and potential.


"While its sound is impressively similar to the Telefunken original, its stellar build quality, low shelf bypass, variable patterns and reasonable price make it even more impressive."

Stephen Murphy

Pro Audio Review

November 2002

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Lawson L251 Tube Condenser Microphone

"Recording [a] male vocalist with the L251 set to cardioid-only and -BASS/L251 modes, I was struck by the mic's warm, velvety character and sweetly articulated highs . . . The end result sounded gorgeous, brimming with sweet tube character . . . "

February 2004

Michael Cooper


Pro Audio Review

For Gene Lawson, Microphones are Golden

"The passion to create the best tools to serve art, rather than the bottom line, lives on. There are few better modern day examples than Gene Lawson . . . "

January 2007

Frank Beacham


Pro Audio Review

Lawson Microphones

Tube/FET Combo

"The finest compliment I can pay to the Lawson Tube/FET combo package is that it proved to be so versatile and near-limitless in its applications that I bought it . . . "

January 2006

Stephen Murphy

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