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Click to see large picture Hewitt Mic Boom
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A restored example of a lightweight Hewitt microphone boom with a 13ft arm. Film, tv and recording studio use.

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Click to see large picture SHURE 55S
Period:   from the full 1950's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This big silver 'rock & roll' microphone type is seen often in promos and '1950s' recreations, usually featuring an overchromed reproduction. GA-TV has an original Shure 55S microphone, in brushed aluminium (better for the tv lights). Our well-worked example was used during the 1950s & 1960s by ABC Television in Hollywood for musical 'spectaculars'.

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Click to see large picture STC 4033A
Period:   from the beginning of 1950's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Large ribbon/cardioid microphone, used by BBC radio & television and on tv studio microphone booms. Notes: The 4033A was produced as a direct result of the needs of the 'talkies', which required a microphone that could eliminate unwanted sound from the camera and other noises off. It contains two elements, a ribbon and a moving coil (similar to a 4021 minus the biscuit). The microphone incorporated a screwdriver-operated switch that allowed either or both elements to be routed to the output. The switch was marked P. R. C. P - (Pressure) - omni directional - moving coil only. R - (Ribbon) - bi-directional (figure of 8) - ribbon only. C - (Cardioid) - uni-directional - combining both elements. The 4033A was somewhat of a compromise as it tended to be "toppy" in all three positions. Nevertheless, it was the standard TV Boom microphone for many years and was also used on Radio OBs where its cardioid response was useful for rejecting colouration from PA. (Chris Owen-Senior BBC sound engineer)

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Click to see large picture Turner. 99
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A Turner 99 dynamic mic. Classic mic design from the 1930s based on the Western Electric 618. Ideal for reproducing scenes of American radio broadcasting or newsreels spaning the 1930s/1950s. Various mic 'flags' of the period, available.

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Click to see large picture RESLO Ribbon Microphone
Period:   from the beginning of 1960's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   4 specimens available

This small silver ribbon mic can be used on tables or floor stands. Popular use in the 1960s on tv pop shows etc. Several in working condition.

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Click to see large picture Uher M517
Period:   from the full 1960's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Dynamic pressure gradient microphone designed for use with newsgathering tape machines such as the Uher Report 4000.

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Click to see large picture RCA Lavalier mic BK6B
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Small (6cms x 2cms) moving coil neck-worn mic, engineered to reproduce speech from an angle. Can also be hand held or desk mounted. Items are in working condition. Used in studios and on location from the mid-1950s. XLR plug.

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Click to see large picture KAM KDM 400
Period:   from the end of 1980's to the full 1990's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A dynamic microphone made by Dunstable-based KAM (Lamba PLC) 80Hz/10kHz. Heavy and rather dated in cosmetic design. However, ideal for 1990s DJs.

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Click to see large picture AKG D80
Period:   from the full 1980's to the full 1990's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Dynamic (moving coil) cardioid microphone. 60-16,000Hz. Typical shape of the period.

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Click to see large picture STC 4037 (B)
Period:   from the full 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The STC 4037(B)was named the 'Stick'. Popular with Alan Whicker type reporters. Notes: The 4037B is a neat and unobtrusive omni directional hand held microphone designed specifically to meet the needs of television. With a frequency response described by STC as 'sensibly flat' from 30 to 12000 c/s. Finished in black shrivel enamel paint. Used extensively on both radio and TV OBs until the late 1970s when they were gradually replaced by the Electrovoice 635A and RE50. (Chris Owen)

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Click to see large picture STC 4032G
Period:   from the full 1950's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large hand-held moving coil microphone. Notes: Designed specifically as a light (12ozs) hand held microphone for commentators and interviewers. It was capable of working in all weathers including marine and tropical conditions. A moving coil transducer was mounted in a black Bakelite body with a stainless steel mesh screen. The handle incorporated a switch, which could be wired to provide muting or remote start/stop function for a tape recorder. In this photograph the switch has been replaced by the BBC logo. The 4032 was often issued with the EMI Midget reel to reel recorder and was also the star of many "This Is Your Life" programmes when it was thrust under the nose of the unsuspecting victim! (Chris Owen)

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Click to see large picture GEC BCS 2372
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This is a ribbon mic from GEC. The mic is complete with floor stand and lead.

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Click to see large picture MOLE-RICHARDSON Microphone Boom
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The Mole-Richardson Type 103B microphone boom was a familar item in both tv and movie studios from the 1940s onwards. The boom arm extends to approx 17ft and the base 'pram' has wheels, steerable from the rear. A certain skill was required to manipulate this equipment, not least to avoid hitting the talent or falling off. Our example, (pictured on a recent period production), is in full working condition and can be manipulated as desired.

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Click to see large picture golden age Ribbon
Period:   full 1940's decade
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

1920/30s style suspended ribbon microphone. This item is a non fuctioning prop, probably constructed from a food tin and thus a complete fake. Nevertheless, convincing as a 1920s/30s microphone for display, public address, 'dance band' or even a broadcast 'Kings Speech' mic of the period. Attaches to a generic modern floor or table stand. Larger picture shows the mic on a period style stand

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Click to see large picture ALTAI UD 130
Period:   from the end of 1960's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

'UNISPHERE' type silver mics. On the left of the picture are two ALTAI UD130 mics. The others are of a generic design. All items suitable for hand-holding or stand-mounting. 1960s/1970s. 'BBC' badging added for a recent production

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Click to see large picture BEYER M550 LM
Period:   from the full 1960's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Small dynamic microphone. Suitable for 'roving reporter' scenes. This example used by BBC radio.

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Click to see large picture SHURE Unidyne B & 3
Period:   from the end of 1960's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

SHURE 'Unidyne' mics. Types 5155A and 545D. General purpose microphones

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Click to see large picture ELECTROVOICE 630A
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Quality moving coil microphone. Our example was used by ABC News during the 1950s and 1960s

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Click to see large picture GRAMPIAN DPL
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the end of 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large and heavy moving coil PA mic with stand. First manufactured in 1939, this Grampian mic looks good hanging from a microphone boom or fronting a 'jive' concert. Floor stand or desk stand available

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Click to see large picture LUSTRAPHONE 4096
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large chrome microphone with two terminals. Floor or table standing. Public address/concert hall/theatre use

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Click to see large picture AKG D19
Period:   from the full 1960's to the end of 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   4 specimens available

A compact dynamic microphone from the Austrian company AKG, used in the 60's onwards for speech or vocals. The slots down the side provided an out of phase signal to the capsule giving a cardioid response. GA-TV has two matching examples, one in working condition.

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Click to see large picture GRAMPIAN DP4/H
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Grampian Reproducers Ltd of Feltham Middx produced the DP4/H, a hand held moving coil microphone with a response of 50-15,000 c/s.

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Click to see large picture STC 4021
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

The STC 4021 moving coil mic was developed circa 1935. Because of its shape it was known within the BBC as the 'apple and biscuit'. Some writers have called it the 'ball and biscuit' - this is ill-informed nonsense! The mic was designed to be used with the 'biscuit' horizontal, but there were few studio applications for an omni-directional mic. (Though local radio sometimes used the 4021 for 'round table' discussions) Useful outdoors as an effects/ambience mic, indoors it was mainly used as a talkback/gallery mic (tv & radio). For talkback it was never used as the manufacturers intended; it was either fitted flush to a panel on the mixer or used with the 'biscuit' vertical on a swan neck that could barely support its weight. (Notes by Chris Owen Senior BBC Radio Engineer)

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Click to see large picture ELECTROVOICE 635A
Period:   from the end of 1960's to the beginning of 1990's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This familar and widely used steel-clad radio and tv interview hand mic was referred to as 'The Buchanan Hammer' presumably for its rugged durability. A dynamic mic with an omni-polar pattern and good flat speech reproduction without the need of a wind baffle, our example is in full working condition, if a little 'fish shopped'(chipped & battered).

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Click to see large picture GENERIC Type
Period:   from the full 1970's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

Three different microphones of unknown manufacture, displayed here for their shape and style. 1970s 1980s.

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Click to see large picture Turner. Dynamic.
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large silver microphone from the Turner company of Cedar Rapids Iowa. 1950s 'retro' style. Larger image shows floor standing rig.

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Click to see large picture SHURE 588SA
Period:   from the end of 1960's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

A matching set of SHURE UNISPHERE 588SA dynamic microphones. 1960s

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Click to see large picture Bach AURICON E-7
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

A dynamic microphone made by Electrovoice for the Auricon range of 16mm cameras. Good quality.

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Click to see large picture LUSTRAPHONE LFV/59
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

1960s vintage Lustraphone moving coil desk mic on a gooseneck. Suitable for 'talkback' scenes in the gallery or general PA.

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Click to see large picture VITAVOX Moving coil
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Vitavox version of the STC 4017C moving coil microphone. Our example with repro 'BBC' flag, was used by the Corporation until the early 1950s. Looks the part in a radio studio of the period. Larger image shows the rear aspect which would be the usual operating position view.

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Click to see large picture AIWA M 18
Period:   from the full 1950's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

The Aiwa M18 is a 1950s crystal microphone intended for home use. However, the microphone is a 2/3rds 'lookalike' for the much more expensive and iconic RCA 77-B studio 'Pill' ribbon mic (introduced in 1937) which usually sells for more money than we care to contemplate. The Aiwa M18 can be used on a table or floor stand. The pair of 'Pills' pictured are the Aiwa M18 & the Crown MC-70, each very similar. Nice 1940s/1950s recreation.

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Click to see large picture STC 4017
Period:   from the full 1940's to the beginning of 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

An STC 4017C dynamic microphone with an exact repro BBC base and badge. This type of microphone was used extensively by the BBC in studios and on outside broadcasts until about 1953. The mic type was first introduced in 1938 by STC and the BBC. The design originated from the Western Electric type 618A (circa 1931) which used a 'dynamic' moving coil as the transducer. Notes: The mics overall performance was excellent, with coil resonances damped by acoustic filtering which was incorporated in the mechanical construction. Chris Owen)Larger image shows the rear aspect

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Click to see large picture EMI 'S' Moving Coil
Period:   from the full 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Large 1950s style bronze moving coil mic from EMI. Industrial or PA application. Looks good on a mic boom as pictured.

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Click to see large picture AKG RM900
Period:   from the end of 1960's to the full 1990's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An AKG microphone RM900 'Shaftsbury'. General purpose.

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Click to see large picture EAGLE G148
Period:   from the full 1950's to the end of 1990's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A reproduction microphone in the classic style of the Shure 55S. The Eagle G148 is a 'super cardioid' dynamic microphone with a frequency response of 50/1500 Hz. 3-pin XLR lead. Brand new and in fully working condition.

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Click to see large picture SENNHEISER MD214
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   2 specimens available

Lavalier mics worn around the neck. These two Sennheiser mics, helpfully marked with the postcode and name of the orginal owner (TVS Maidstone Vintners Park Studios) are in working order. Designed to pick up speech from the direction of the chin upwards.

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Click to see large picture YOGA DM 868
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Reproduction microphone in the style of an Electrovoice 'Cardax' cardioid microphone of the 1940s/1950s. This YOGA is a good quality dynamic microphone in muted silver die cast zinc housing. FR 60Hz-16,000Hz. Sensitivity -78dB. Three-pin XLR.

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Click to see large picture BEYER Mic Boom
Period:   from the full 1970's to the full 2000's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Lightweight portable radio/tv studio/location microphone boom with counterweight balance. Approx 7ft height and reach. Wheels additional if required. Ideal for theatre or restricted space use.

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Click to see large picture Marconi -BBC Type 'B'
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A rare Marconi-BBC Type 'B' ribbon microphone, developed in 1937 for use mainly on obs. This microphone, weighing in at 1.7kgs could be floor-mounted, desk mounted or suspended. BBC photos of the period show the microphone in widespread WWII use (eg: Gracie Fields, ITMA,'Workers Playtime'). Large and imposing, the mic pictured (dressed with a BBC logo and on a reproduction stand)is in working condition. This actual Marconi mic was used by The International Broadcasting Company in their London, 35 Portland Place studios for Radio Normandy, a famous pre-war 'commercial pirate' radio broadcaster.(Technical note). Over 4" inches in diameter, this ribbon mic was made possible by the use of Alnico alloy (aluminium-nickel-cobalt) for the magnet, which allowed a small circular magnet to be used rather than the large horseshoe-shaped magnet of the Type A mic. The type 'B' mic became popular for OBs and sports commentaries. It could be fitted to a breastplate, worn by the commentator. This ensured that the mic was always facing him as he turned to follow the action. This system was not totally successful and ultimately it led to the development of the L1 lip mic in the same year. (Chris Owen- Senior BBC engineer) Hire of this mic and stand would be under strict conditions.

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Click to see large picture GEC Giraffe Boom
Period:   from the full 1950's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Modest 'footprint' microphone boom. Suitable for small studio spaces.

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Click to see large picture STC 4037(A)
Period:   from the full 1950's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Long version of the STC 4037 type 'Stick' dynamic microphone. Working condition. Used on radio and television. Hand-held or stand-mounted option.

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Click to see large picture Turner. 999
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

A 'Balanced Line Dynamic' model 999 microphone by Turner, based on the Western Electric 618. 1940s/50s. Original dark grey casing. Non functioning

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Click to see large picture STC 4035
Period:   from the full 1950's to the beginning of 1970's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   4 specimens available

Sturdy microphone of the 1950s, the STC 4035 was used by the BBC at various locations as a speech, interview or effects mic. Also available with a single or double goose neck table stand suitable for 'conferences' or 'speeches'.

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Click to see large picture STC L. 2. LIP MIC (4104)
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

The BBC L.2. LIP MIC, designed originally in 1937, was used (and still is) for sports commentaries and venues with a noisy ambience. For the best results, it is necessary to speak very closely into the microphone. For this purpose, a metal guard at the front of the microphone gives a precise speaking distance of 2 1/2 inches when pressed against the top lip. The design was improved further in 1951 and production models were used extensively by commentators at the 1953 Coronation broadcast. Our example pictured, is ex-BBC OBs circa 1950/60s.

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Click to see large picture Ekco E
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An E.K.Cole (of Southend) microphone complete with stand and lead. This type of microphone was seen, usually, in 1960s 'taxi hire' control rooms or the police station in 'Heartbeat'. (Mic probably manufactured by Lustraphone and re-badged)

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Click to see large picture AKG D109A
Period:   from the end of 1970's to the full 2000's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

D109A, a slender and very small silver AKG dynamic microphone. BBC usage.

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Click to see large picture Marconi AXBT
Period:   from the beginning of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

This is the 'classic shape' iconic BBC ribbon microphone of the 1930s/50s. Chris Owen, senior BBC sound engineer elaborates: 'In May 1931 RCA demonstrated their ribbon mic in Hollywood and it came to the BBC's notice. Unfortunately the price, including the head amplifier, was 130UKP which in today's terms is around 5200UKP. As this was not affordable, the BBC set about designing its own version, which was introduced in 1934-1935 as the Type A microphone. There was some concern about the possibility of patent infringement but eventually it was decided that the BBC had a valid patent. The mic was manufactured for the BBC by Marconi for 9UKP each, about 360UKP today. The original aluminium ribbon had objectionable resonances and was replaced with very thin aluminium foil and the modified mic was called Type AX. Another problem was found when the mic was used near an electromagnetic field; this was solved by arranging the internal wiring of the mic so that induced noise currents cancelled out and thus the Type AXB was born in 1943. The final modification was to use Ticonal magnets in place of the original cobalt steel magnets. This gave 6dB increased sensitivity and the letter T was added to the code number. Weighing in at just under 9 lbs, the type AXBT appeared circa 1944. The microphone pictured is an original item and has an original BBC table stand. Larger picture shows the microphone and an original BBC studio floor stand. Hire possible under strict conditions. --------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Click to see large picture RESLO Double Slim Line
Period:   from the full 1960's to the full 1990's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Space-saving double slim line mic rig for press conferences, or desk news reports. This is a non-practical generic unit.

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Click to see large picture ELECTROVOICE 664
Period:   from the end of 1950's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

Large US classic design mic from Electrovoice, the iconic 664. Three available

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Click to see large picture RCA 77D MI 4045-B
Period:   from the full 1940's to the full 1980's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Classic and iconic ribbon 'pill' microphone from the USA. This is the RCA 77D circa 1945-although the basic design is mid-1930s. Still in working condition. Hire possible under strict conditions. Larger image shows mic dressed with a reproduction 'NBC' flag

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Click to see large picture Western Electric WE618a
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An original microphone from the 1930s with it's unique lever-operated (but clumsy) cable connector. The Western Electric No. 618A is an important historical mic. It was the world’s first dynamic (moving coil) mic (developed by Bell Labs) and introduced in 1931. It quickly became a favorite of US broadcasters as an all-purpose studio mic. It was used also as a 1930s newsreel mic and notably by Franklyn D. Roosevelt for his US radio ‘fireside chats’.

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Click to see large picture MELODIUM Melodynamic 75A
Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1960's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

Quality dynamic French microphone which appeared first in 1948. Used mainly by broadcasters and film production in Europe.

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Click to see large picture Rycote Windshield
Period:   from the end of 1960's to the beginning of 2000's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   3 specimens available

Rycote mic wind shields. Several sizes to wave about at press conferences. Larger image shows the mic with a pole and AGK headset combi.

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