Telefunken Elektroakustik in South Windsor, Conn., is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the ELA M 250/251, 250E/251E, and 270 microphones with exclusive commemorative system package, featuring leather-bound flight cases that bear an embroidered 50th anniversary logo, and a cable stand-mount bearing the same gold diamond badge as found on the original models.
Telefunken Elektroakustik's 50th anniversary editions of the ELA M 250/251/270 large diaphragm tube microphones
The ELA M 250/251 models include the extremely rare AC701 vacuum tube, while the E Series and stereo model feature the 6072a tube. "We are including extra NOS tubes for the 250E/251E and 270 systems so that these mics will be good for another 50 years," says Toni Fishman, president and founder of Telefunken Elektroakustik. The company states that due to the extremely rare nature of the AC701 tube, extras will not be provided for the ELA M 250/251 system, while adding that it will keep a large private stock for its customers for future warranty service and repair needs.
Each of the Telefunken commemorative models features an edge-terminated, dual backplate CK-12 capsule hand built in Connecticut from parts that are constructed from the original AKG blueprints. The amplifier in the ELA M 250E/251E/270 series features a GE 6072 tube and a Haufe T14/1 output transformer.
Originally designed to meet the technical specifications of German and Austrian broadcast during the period when these microphones were originally constructed, the ELA M 250/251 system offers a different circuit that uses the Telefunken AC-701 tube, which is said to have a lower noise floor and better RF prevention.
The ELA M 250 is the two-pattern (cardioid and omni) version of the three-pattern ELA M 251 (cardioid, omni and figure-8). The stereo version ELA M 270, which features all three pickup patterns on both the top and bottom capsules, is said to be very rare. Only two original units were produced. Telefunken Elektroakustik says that it located and purchased one of the two original systems to use as a benchmark system for the re-creation.
Telefunken Elektroakustik states that these 50th anniversary editions will ship through the end of 2011.
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