Effective June 2017, the M80 Dynamic and M81 Universal Dynamic microphones will begin shipping with an upgraded powder coated finish. We have found this hard coat finish is more durable than the original rubberized paint, adding strength, durability and structural reinforcement to the microphone and head grille. This is the same hard coat finish the lower profile M80-SH and M81-SH microphones began shipping with in January 2017.
Effective June 1, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik is suspending production of the AC701 based ELA M 251 microphone. All current orders in cue will be fulfilled and future orders will be suspended until further notice. Please note that we will continue to produce our most popular flag ship microphone, the ELA M 251E, which features the more common GE JAN 6072a vacuum tube. This microphone continues to be in very high demand, with back orders currently scheduled at 8 to 10 weeks for production.
Our friends at Millennia Multi Media have a product with the same name as our recently released TD-1 direct box. As this product precedes our direct boxes by nearly 15 years we are being asked to change the name of our TD-1 to the TDP-1. For consistencies sake, we will also change the name of our TD-2 to the TDP-2 at the completion of the current production run. Nothing else related to the design of these direct box models will change, just the product names.
Effective January 2017 the AR-51 and AR-70 STEREO microphones will ship with a new old stock National 12AT7WA vacuum tube, replacing the R-F-T ECC81 tube that was used from 2009 to 2014, and the GE ECC81 that was used from 2014 to the end of 2016. Originally made in England by the Mullard factory and intended for use in Television and FM Tuners as an oscillator, the National 12AT7WA is deemed acceptable for military applications by the original "WA" designation.