Gallery of Vintage  Microphones

 

Western Electric 389
High Power,  carbon mic





< this one's for sale, click on image for details


 

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KGW/KEX - NBC Universal enclosed "Ring" microphone

I assume both Portland radio stations had the same owner.

    

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American "Ring" microphone
single button carbon mic from the 1920s

a typical mike from that era.

 





 

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RCA "Announce" Mike model KN-1B (MI-12005-1)

A good commercial quality vintage microphone, it's primary use was for voice but has good music quality reproduction as well.

Year: 1950
Type: pressure, low impedance (250 ohms)
Case: all metal

 

 

 

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Shure 55 Super Cardioid "Unidyne"
multi Impedance
the large "Elvis Mike"

the - "Elvis Mike"

A beautiful example of professional quality microphone.

Year: 1950
Type: moving coil dynamic
Case: all metal, excellent







 

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Wonderphone - Seattle (Rare)
High Power, double  button (or more) carbon microphone

From my collection, this and the Western Electric mic (above) were acquired  locally  (Portland, OR area) from another radio collector years ago. This mic was used at two different early radio stations in the pacific NW. Here is the text from the only documentation I have is the type written tag that was on the mic when the former owner acquired it back in the 50's or 60's. Here is content of the tag's text:
 

The "Wonderphone" built in Seattle. Originally developed for the Dubilier Wireless Telephone, which was a modulated Arc transmitter. Used two or more carbon buttons in parallel.

This particular mic was used by Vincent Kraft with his 7XC in 1921 and KJR in 1922, one of Seattle's pioneer stations.

Year: 1921
Type: multiple button carbon
Case: all metal

 

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American Microphone
antique, enclosed "Ring" mic

From my collection, a ring mic, housed in a cast metal case. Similar to the Western Electric 387.

Year: 1920's
Type: multiple button carbon
Case: case metal



 

 

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Universal hanging "bullet" mic
model 15M?

 

A nice stylish mic.

Year: 40's - 50's?
Type: low impedance dynamic
Case: all metal, nickel finish

 

 

 

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Philmore Dynamic "Lollipop" mic
 

A working dynamic mic from the 1930's.

Year: 30's - 40's?
Type: low impedance dynamic
Case: all metal, nickel finish


 

 

 

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Continental hanging "ring mic"
single button carbon

From my collection, an early spring mounted "ring" mic.

Year: 1920's
Type: single button carbon
Case: all metal





 

 

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RCA model 74B
RCA "Junior" ribbon velocity microphone



A working, broadcast quality microphone. All original except the base and cable.

Year: 1930's - '40's
Type: ribbon velocity
Case: all metal, very good






 

 

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Western Electric 600A
double button carbon "Ring Mic"

An early "ring microphone" with reproduction ring mount & stand. The microphone element itself appeared to be new & unused (as it was wrapped in it's original paper wrapping and was in a small cloth bag with the shipping protector cover on it) when I found it. The ring, flag and stand are reproductions from Ekkehart Willms: http://www.vintagephone.com/

I received this e-mail from Ekkehart Willms (the fellow Whom I  purchased the base,  ring, springs and flag from):

"Hi, I just wanted to let you know that the bottom base is also original (it is a Kellogg manual telephone base ca 1908) - Ekkehart"

Year: 1920's
Type: carbon, double button
Case: nickel plated metal, like new

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Webster - Chicago
model 12A5

 

Nice, working dynamic mic from the 1930's or '40's.

Year: 30's - 40's?
Type: low impedance dynamic
Case: all metal, nickel finish


 


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