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Telefunken Elektroakustik ELA M 251E Tube Condenser Microphone

Meticulously accurate reissue of one of the most legendary tube condenser microphones of all time featuring an edge-terminated dual backplate CK-12 capsule with 1" dual-sided gold sputtered membrane - includes flight case, power supply, and wooden mic box


Product Description

The ELA M 251E large diaphragm tube microphone is one of the world’s most sought-after recording tools and TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s recreation, true to the original in every detail, delivers the same rich sonic response. The microphone of choice for vocals and acoustic instruments, offering a choice of three polar patterns, this reissue delivers classic character without busting your budget.


Prime examples of the TELEFUNKEN ELA M 251E large diaphragm tube microphone, which can be heard on some of the greatest recordings of the past 50 years, can cost you tens of thousands of dollars on today’s vintage market. TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s recreation of this highly sought-after microphone will not break the bank yet offers all the performance and character of the original by staying true to the heritage of this legendary microphone.


The classic ELA M 251E is arguably without equal, offering a sonic character that is smooth while also present and open. TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s recreation delivers those same qualities. The low end is extended and focused, its mid-range response is detailed, and it offers a silky top-end, making this new ELA M 251E a go-to mic for vocals and acoustic instruments.


The ELA M 251E reissue includes an edge terminated, dual-backplate CK12 capsule, which offers selectable cardioid, omnidirectional and bidirectional polar patterns, an Electro Harmonix 6072a vacuum tube and a Haufe T14/1 output transformer — the same transformer used by AKG Acoustics GmbH in the company’s venerable C12 microphone.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s attention to detail extends to the historically accurate cosmetic finish and structural design. On the exterior, the classic diamond-schaped TELEFUNKEN logo badge is attached to the front of the microphone while the ELA M model name is engraved at the base of the head grille. Inside, a molded plastic enclosure houses the amplifier circuit, including the vacuum tube and output transformer. In the head grille, the capsule is suspended on a moving polar pattern switch.


Original ELA M 251E microphones still in operation generally require costly maintenance and refurbishment to perform at their best. Utilizing modern components, this recreation offers tighter tolerance to the specifications, superior current handling and a lower self-noise than typical vintage examples still in use. In fact, the reissue is so faithful to the original that its parts are interchangeable with those 50-plus-year-old microphones.

Accessories Each ELA M 251E microphone includes:

  • M 950E power supply
  • M 850E 25-ft. Sommer tube microphone cable (vintage compatible 6-pin female stand mount, 7-pin male XLR)
  • M 751 Rycote shock mount
  • FC50 locking flight case
  • WB50 wooden microphone box
  • M 950ES dual power supply
  • FC50S stereo flight case
  • Electro Harmonix 6072A vacuum tube


  • Meticulously crafted reissue of one of the most revered mics in the recording world, built to exacting detail
  • Edge-terminated, dual backplate CK-12 capsule
  • 1" dual-sided gold sputtered membrane
  • External power supply included
  • Selectable cardioid, omni, and figure-8 (bi-directional) polar patterns
  • 138 dB maximum SPL
  • Includes locking flight case, lunchbox-style power supply, and wooden microphone box
  • Handbuilt in the USA

Product Specifications

Condition New
Package Contents Includes M950E power supply, M850E 25' quad-shielded Accusound ACX-7 tube microphone cable, M750 elastic shock mount, FC50 locking flight case and WB50 wooden microphone box
Length 8.5 in
Diameter 2 in
Unit Weight 1.2 lb (2.2 lb with swivel)
Tube or Solid State Tube
Tube Type 6072A
Capsule Type Edge-terminated, dual backplate CK-12 capsule
Transducer Type Condenser
Polar Pattern Bi-Directional / Figure-Eight, Cardioid, Omni-Directional
Number of Microphones Single Microphone
Phantom Required No
Impedance 200 Ohms (50 Ohms switchable)
Frequency Range 20 Hz - 20 kHz ±3 dB
Sensitivity -35.4 dBV/Pa (17 mV) ± 1 dB
Max. SPL 130 dB

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Excellent tube mic for literally all uses. One cannot find a better investment, too.

By Gabor E on October 3, 2022

What can you say about an iconic mic like the ELA M 251 E that hasn't already been said?! The microphone carries a warm, but not muddy low end, and a crisp high end that sounds incredible, especially on female vocals. It's simply a wonderful mic on just about any source. It shines on piano and acoustic instruments as well. Our mic locker includes many in the Telefunken family; the C-12, U47, AK-47, ELAM 260's, etc. They are all incredible, but I have to say this one is hard to beat... Thank you Telefunken for maintaining true characteristics of the vintage mics of old in the Diamond Series collection.

By Mark H on May 26, 2021

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