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 Post subject: Got some really old mics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:26 pm 
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Some time ago, someone gave me two old mics.

So, I decided to find out what they were and I put a model number into google. They turn out to be Sennheisers from 1960:

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I checked marktplaats.nl, a dutch auction site, where a couple of them are offered. People are bidding up to 200 euro's (280 dollars) each :shock: :shock:

What to do... I think I'll test them. I wouldn't be surprised if the sound quality is real good, but also if previous storage conditions (which I know nothing about) turn out to have ruined the mics.

Jeeze, 1960. The year when my parents met.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:43 pm 
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That was the radio industry standard mic many moons ago. You could just about bet there would be one if you walked into any radio station studio. Great mic.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:52 pm 
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Looks like a Senn 421 to me. Widely known as a great tom mic, among other things (electric guitar cab in particular). I've always wanted one of those. Let us know how they work. The white finish is especially cool. Does it have the bass rolloff switch on it?


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2009 8:21 pm 
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Yes, it is the 421-2. The ONLY model of those days without a roll-off switch. :lol:

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Congratulation Robbie,

a really great microphone. Do you remember HamenStock I ? Erichs vocal mic is a 421 from the 60s, but with the bass-roll-off. A really great microphone for vocals, amp micing, toms, bass drum ........ . Great for live situations and recording. They had been often used in tv-production, interviews and others. You will often see them used by professionals very often still yet.
They have a plastic cover, but they are nearly unbreakable! German quality product :mrgreen:

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congrats Robbie. I keep looking for something like that, but ....... Closest i got was an old retro looking mic (forget the name) that looks like the king of mic a harp player uses - big old siver thing.m Did the research - turned out to be a crystal diaphram - made of ????. It was all dried up and unusable. Hope yours is in working condition.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:03 am 
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Nice mic, Robbie.
U got 2 of the same kind? That means it will be easy to test them. Put mics in close position, try phase reversal on one of them and listen mono. If sound (almost) dissapears they are both equally good (or bad :D ).
Does 421 have XLR or old kind Tuchel connector?

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..... Closest i got was an old retro looking mic (forget the name) that looks like the king of mic a harp player uses - big old siver thing.m Did the research - turned out to be a crystal diaphram - made of ????

That's probably Astatic harp mic or it's clone. Hohner still makes them, but crystal is very fragile.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 11:00 am 
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dejan wrote:
old kind Tuchel connector?


It's the Tuchel connector.

It came with a few cables with a Tuchel connector and a jack plug on the other end.

My, you're making me curious.

Time, time, time...

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