Clone Wars: Inside The Vintage-Style Mic Biz

The Telefunken Elektroakustik team proudly holds up handiworks from its South Windsor, CT lab and manufacturing facility. (L-R) Alan Venitosh, director of operations; Toni Roger Fishman, founder and president; Ryan Loftus, design engineer; and Ian Cluggish, microphone technician. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

The Telefunken Elektroakustik team proudly holds up handiworks from its South Windsor, CT lab and manufacturing facility.
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Strother Bullins, Technology Editor at Pro Sound News, and Lynn Fuston, veteran recording engineer and author, take an in-depth look at today's microphone design and manufacture. The report features key aspects of the faithful and dedicated work done by TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik. Based in South Windsor, CT, the aforementioned TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is a prime example of the passion within the high-end LDC 'clone' sector. It is "a labor of love … a flame rekindled among family and friends working together," tells Toni Fishman, who launched the company 17 years ago

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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:

"For those of you that are a little unshure about the M80 mic by TELEFUNKEN, well, I am about to funk you up with this rap. The name is right and it is James Brown tight, it is the Bomb, an easy win in any fight, yeah the M80 that be the One."

– Bootsy Collins on the M80

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