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Telefunken ELA-M 250 E #255 (Used)

Export version of the Holy Grail vocal mic

Product Description

Beautiful condition classic. Comes with original psu, swivel cable and case. 6072 tube and CK12 capsule.

The E-LAM 250 is similar to the more famous E-LAM 251, the main difference being the lack of a figure-of-eight pattern that is found in the 251 model.The Telefunken ELA M 251 microphone came about when Neumann ended its contract with Telefunken to distribute its microphones. Looking for a replacement for the large-diaphragm U47 in this market,Telefunken contracted with AKG in 1958 to develop the ELA M 251, using the same elements that made the C12 microphone so desirable: a Haufe T-14/1 transformer,a 6072 tube and a CK12 capsule.

The letter 'E' was added to models marketed for 'Export',which included a socketed 6072 tube (since it was easier to obtain outside Europe). The non-'E' version of the mic used an AC701Ktube, which was designed to work with the electrical standards set for theAustrian and German broadcast systems of the era.

In most respects, (other than wiring for the different tubes), the two 251 models are identical. But neither are identical to the C12,which had a remote pattern selector box, whereas the ELA-M 251 has the selector switch right on the body of the mic, just like the Neumann U47. Also, the CK12capsule in the C12 mic was wired differently than the ELA-M mic. On the 251mic, the two halves of the backplate of the CK12 dual-diaphragm were isolated from each other, allowing the electrical switching between three polar patterns, instead of the two found on the C12 microphone. The additional polar pattern, combined with a different, thicker mesh grill, contributed tothe different sonic characteristics of the Telefunken version compared to the original C12.

The ELA-M was also revolutionary in that the components are designed to be dismantled without the use of tools, with the head assembly easily removed from the body, and the electronics housed in a plastic cylinder inside the microphone body. This design allowed the simple swapping out of components should they require replacement.

Package contents:

  • Microphone box (original)
  • PSU (original)
  • PSU connection cable

Product Specifications

Condition Used / Vintage
Package Contents PSU (original), PSU connection cable, Microphone box (original)
Tube or Solid State Tube
Tube Type 6072
Capsule Type CK12
Phantom Required No

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