Jeff Gitelman Recovers Stolen TELEFUNKEN C12 Microphone

Pictured seated, is Jeff Gitelman with his prized C12 microphone in the foreground, and his production partner Ian “Napolian” Evans. Photo by David Goggin. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

Pictured seated, is Jeff Gitelman with his prized C12 microphone in the foreground, and his production partner Ian “Napolian” Evans. Photo by David Goggin.
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Prolific producer/engineer and songwriter Jeff Gitelman was crestfallen when he discovered that his prized TELEFUNKEN C12 microphone was missing from his mic locker. Gitelman had purchased the new C12 reproduction of the classic AKG C12, first developed in 1953. "When we found that our studio had been burglarized, even before filing a police report, I immediately called TELEFUNKEN," Gitelman explains. "The thief took the mic, but left behind the power supply," and when the thief called Telefunken looking for a power supply, he got caught. "My C12 microphone has a big history," says Gitelman. "I recorded three albums as an artist on it, as well as some of the albums that were very important in my life, and are considered by some to be cult classics. I've recorded incredible singers and musicians on this microphone, so it was great to have it back. It's one of the most pristine microphones I've ever heard, and it doesn't matter if it's for a female or a male, it sounds good on everything I put it up to. It's just very, very pristine and very warm."

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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.

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