Our sales line is open Saturdays 12pm-5pm Eastern. Give us a call at 888.653.1184.

Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage)

Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage)
Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage) Neumann UM57 #VKA0101 (Vintage)
Inexpensive alternative to the grandaddy U47
Ships within 2 business days Feel confident in your purchase with VK's industry leading warranty on used and vintage items. "VK Certified" means that your gear has gone through our rigorous multi-point inspection, servicing, and quality control process to ensure that it looks and sounds as close to factory new as possible.
  • Free shipping to the lower 48 states for online orders of $99 and up.

    50% off shipping outside the US and to Hawaii and Alaska.
    Free Shipping (USA)
  • Our friendly and knowledgeable sales team is here to support you before, during and after your purchase.Free Tech Support
  • This pre-owned item has been rigorously tested and serviced by our tech shop and comes with a free 1-year warranty.Free 1-Year Warranty
  • Prior to shipment, this item will undergo our multi-point inspection, servicing and quality control process by our industry-leading tech shop.Free VK Premium Servicing


$2,171.25 (You Save 25%)

12-month 0% financing available with the Vintage King Credit Card. Learn more


At Vintage King, we make it easy to get what you want and pay for it however you like best. Take a look at our convenient payment, financing, and leasing options below. For questions or to learn more, just give us a call at 888.653.1184 or contact our Sales Team.


Apply today for the Vintage King Credit Card and take advantage of exclusive promotional financing offers. Now it's even easier than before to get the sound you've been dreaming of. Hurry, our limited-time offers won't last forever. Apply now!


Get 6-month, 0% interest when you spend $99 or more with PayPal Credit®, a convenient and secure payment method designed for purchasing on the web or over the phone. As a credit account, PayPal Credit® provides you with the flexibility to purchase without using your credit card. PayPal Credit® does not require a lengthy application process, offers "zero fraud liability" protection, and offers flexible repayment options. Learn more.


Buy what you want, and get on with your life. When you login and pay with Amazon, say goodbye to long checkout processes and missed mobile taps. (Please note that Amazon.com gift cards entered into your Amazon.com account cannot be used when making purchases with Amazon Payments on third-party websites.) Learn more.


Building your dream studio or looking to make a long-needed upgrade? We can create financing and lease options to fit nearly any budget. We have relationships with several reputable financing institutions that can keep your cash flow intact, while helping you get the gear you need right now. Equipment leasing lines are another option, giving you the chance to build up your inventory of income-producing equipment — after all, we believe that equipment should pay for itself. Whatever your unique needs, together, we can come up with a strategy that makes solid business sense for you. Contact our Sales Team to learn more.

contact an expert

  • 888.653.1184
  • Chat Offline
  • Email Us

Very clean example of this classic tube condenser.


Introduced in 1957, the UM57 utilizes the famous M7 large-diaphragm capsule, with a PVC membrane, in conjunction with an EC92 triode tube. The amplifier circuitry is very similar to the famous CMV 563 microphone. Three polar patterns are selected via the power supply: omnidirectional, cardioid, and figure-of-eight. The UM57 is a great all-around microphone, especially sweet on woodwinds and vocals.

The UM57 was manufactured by Neumann Gefell in East Germany. During World War II, Berlin was the home of the original Neumann company, (Georg Neumann & Co.) which was forced to move south to the town of Gefell to avoid the bombing raids on the capital. The factory itself had been bombed and burned, and all salvageable equipment was moved to the new location. After the war, Neumann returned to Berlin to resume operations as Georg Neumann GmbH, while manufacturing also continued in the town of Gefell. The Potsdam Conference of 1945 sealed the fate of Berlin and Germany as a whole, dividing each into four sectors. The Soviet sector of the country, which included the town of Gefell, eventually became the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) in 1949.

Neumann Gefell continued producing components for the factory in Berlin for a few years, but by 1953, cooperation between the two arms of the company became almost impossible due to the Cold War. After this time, Neumann Gefell continued to manufacture microphones, including the famous CMV 563, with no direct involvement from Neumann Berlin. In 1957 they released a new microphone using the M7 capsule – the now classic UM 57.

From the 1950s onward the two arms of the Neumann company used the same logo - the Berlin Neumann placed the logo in a diamond shape, while the Gefell Neumann placed it in a circle. This is one easy way to tell the difference between the products of the two different Neumann factories. Although the companies attempted to stay in contact on opposite sides of the Iron Curtain, when the Berlin Wall was built in 1961 this became not only extremely difficult, but illegal. Eventually in 1990 the company was rechristened Microtech Gefell, and they remain to this day a manufacturer of high quality studio, live sound, and measurement microphones.

From the original Neumann brochure:
"The M 57 microphone is a high-quality and universally usable condenser microphone with switchable directional characteristic. Omni, cardioid and figure of 8 directional characteristics can be switched on by remote control. Switching takes place by means of a rotary switch at the pertinent mains connection. The change of the directional characteristic makes the most favorable adjustment possible to existing acoustic imaging conditions. The microphone capsule is a pressure-gradient transducer with two gold sputtered diaphragms. The capsule and the microphone amplifier form a unit and ensure working reliability due to the stable mechanical structure. The connection of the microphone takes place with the microphone termination cap C 57. The cable between microphone and power supply unit can have a length up to 100 meters."

Technical Specifications

Additional Information

Condition Used / Vintage
Package Contents Mic-PSU cable, Microphone box (after-market), PSU (original), Power cable, Shock mount (after-market)
Tube Type EC92
Capsule Type M7
Transducer Type Condenser

Be the first to review this product

Write Your Own Review

Only registered users can write reviews. Please, log in or register

Q & A

Have some questions about this item?

When it comes to getting the best gear, your tastes are probably pretty particular. Vintage King can help answer any and every question to help you make the right decisions for your sound. Fill out the form below and we'll be in contact with you shortly.

Free Shipping in the USA and 50% Off International Shipping! See terms.

* Required Fields