May 14, 2004 12:00 PM


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January 2008—Unveiled at AES and shipping this month is the Ela M 80 (expected street pricing: $219), a handheld vocal microphone from Telefunken | USA ( The mic is said to offer condenser-like performance from its newly designed, low-mass dynamic capsule with a superthin Mylar diaphragm and a custom-wound, step-up transformer from TAB-Funkenwerk. Other features include a cardioid response and an internally shock-mounted capsule.

February 2007—The Telefunken Ela M 270 ($15,995) stereo tube condenser microphone is a limited-edition re-creation of the original Telefunken Ela M 270 designed for X/Y, M-S or Blumlein configurations. The mic features dual 1-inch, gold-sputtered, 6-micron CK12 capsules placed one on top of the other, offering three polar patterns per capsule: cardioid, omni and figure-8. Its frequency range is 20 to 20k Hz. The Ela M 270 is 8.5 inches long and weighs 2 pounds.

November 2006—Inspired by the RCA BK5, the Telefunken RM-5C cardioid ribbon mic has a 30 to 18k Hz bandwidth and a sweet spot that hugs the mic—perfect for up close work. Telefunken’s new CM 7151 mic is based on the historic R.F.T. bottle mic and comes with a NOS Telefunken EF12 tube and a new M7 interchangeable capsule, and accepts Neumann M7/M8/M9 heads and newer lollipop capsules from BLUE and JZ/Violet.

April 2005—Telefunken USA ($1,399) now offers an affordable mic incorporating the same tube technology and renowned craftsmanship as its pricier models. The handmade, multipattern R-F-T M16 offers high-end sonic performance and features a circa 1980, new old-stock Phillips JAN 12AX7WA tube and dual gold-sputtered, 6-micron center-contact capsule. The system includes a remote-controlled, a nine polar pattern power supply, shock-mount, 25-foot cable and wooden mic box.

March 2005--Based on the renowned Ela-M 251E, the Ela M 251 F from Telefunken USA is the identical mic in a "no frills" package. The three-pattern (cardioid/omni/figure-8) Ela M 251 F houses the same handcrafted components and vintage tube, but comes with an updated power supply. Available for the first time since 1961, the Ela M 270 stereo tube microphone is now offered in limited quantities. The company's U47M is a re-creation of the classic U47 microphone. Utilizing a German M7 capsule custom-made for Telefunken USA and hand-built in the U.S., the Telefunken U47M is offered with an optional choice of vacuum tubes. A re-creation of the original C-12, the new M-12 is a nine-polar pattern mic that features the NOS 6072 tube, T-14 transformer and the TK-12 capsule. The new cardioid-only Telefunken Ela M 14 tube microphone features a single-sided TK-12–inspired capsule, a NOS GE JAN6072a tube and a custom transformer.

March 2005—Unveiled at NAMM, Telefunken USA's affordable R-F-T M16 is a $1,399, 9-pattern, large-diaphragm tube mic with shockmount.

November 2004—The new cardioid-only Ela M 14 tube mic offers uncompromised sonic performance and mechanical design at a reasonable price, and features a single-sided TK-12-inspired capsule, NOS 6072a tube and custom transformer. All Telefunken mic systems include wooden mic box, external power supply, swivel connector cable, owner's manual and five-year limited warranty. Retail: $2,995.

November 2003—At AES NYC, Telefunken North America's Ela M 270 re-creates perhaps the rarest tube mic of all time: a stereo version of the Ela M 251. The handcrafted 270 is not for everyone, but listing at $19,995, it's nice to dream. The company also announced its Ela M 14 (a cardioid-only tube mic with CK12 capsule) priced at $2,995; the Ela M 12, a C12 replica priced at $6,495; and the U47M, which reprises the classic Telefunken U47 in several versions with various tube options from $5,500 to $7,500.

October 2003—Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the original, Telefunken USA is proud to announce the availability of the new classic: the Telefunken Ela M-12. Re-creating the original in every mechanical detail and with every sonic nuance, the M-12 is now available in limited quantity. Each system is handcrafted in the U.S. wiht a NOS 6072 tube, T-14 transformer and CK 12 capsule. The mic comes complete with external power supply, swivel connector cable and flight case and has a five-year limited warranty. MSRP: $5,999.

November 2002—The most talked about product at AES was Telefunken’s reissue of the classic tube Ela M 251 studio mic. Each $10,125 unit is meticulously hand-built in the U.S. to original German specs, with the same methods used to make the originals 40 years ago. Telefunken USA also offers replacement parts for all Ela M and U47/48 mics, cables, power supplies and CK-12 capsules, and can restore most vintage Telefunkens. TO READ THE REVIEW,CLICK HERE.

October 2002—Telefunken is back with reissues of the classic Ela M 250/251 studio tube microphones. Debuting at AES, these mics are hand-built in the USA to original German specs, with the same methods used to make the originals 40 years ago. Telefunken USA also offers replacement parts for all Ela M and U47/48 mics, cables, power supplies, CK-12 capsules and restoration of vintage mics.

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