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Blake Mills Visits TELEFUNKEN Headquarters

Pictured at Paperchaser Studios is Blake Mills. Photo by David Goggin. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Pictured at Paperchaser Studios is Blake Mills. Photo by David Goggin.
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Award-winning songwriter, guitarist, producer, and composer Blake Mills recently acquired a sizeable stash of microphones from TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik. While on tour with his band, Mills stopped in at the TELEFUNKEN factory and research lab. "It was my first experience to see inside these mics and learn how intricate and delicate the manufacturing is," he recalls. "I got to meet the entire staff and it was immediately apparent how much care and devotion these guys put into their work, and how much it means to them to see how their microphones perform in the real world once they leave that Telefunken cocoon. It is totally centered on their appreciation of the music, not just the business of making top quality microphones." He went on to add, "My favorite was Telefunken's reproduction of the AKG C12. Everyone was amazed with that mic, and I hear that the folks in the Telefunken factory are telling friends that the new C12 is really kicking ass."

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TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik Product Overview

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is a world-class audio equipment manufacturer located in South Windsor, CT, offering a wide array of products focusing on the highest quality vacuum tube-based condenser microphones and dynamic microphones.

The flagship Diamond Series line offers meticulous reproductions of classic vintage microphones including the ELA M 251, U47, and C12, recreated to exacting details to the originals. The R-F-T Series consists of original circuit designs combining premium components and new old stock vacuum tubes with globally sourced metalwork for cost efficiency, and includes the AR-51, AK-47 MkII, ELA M 260, and CU-29 Copperhead. The Dynamic Series features three unique dynamic microphone designs, the M80, M81, and M82, in a variety of packages to accommodate nearly every need for a dynamic microphone, such as handheld microphones, low-profile versions, and wireless head capsule adapters for use on everything from vocals to drum kits. All of TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik's microphones are hand-assembled in CT, USA.

In addition to the expansive microphone line, TELEFUNKEN offers premium vacuum tubes, vintage restoration microphone parts, high quality XLR cables, guitar picks, and several other after-market parts. The product line continues to grow to provide new markets with the quality that TELEFUNKEN is known for.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphones are built to a standard, not a price.

Telefunken Quotes:

"When we put up the new U-47 [and] Billie [Joe Armstrong] heard his playback he fell in love with that mic, and we didn't even tell him what kind it was. All of his vocals for the album [21st Century Breakdown] used that mic."

– Green Day engineer Chris Dugan

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