Telefunken Elektroakustik is marking the 50th anniversary of the ELA M 250/251, 250E/251E and 270 microphones with exclusive commemorative system packages featuring leather-bound flightcases with embroidered logos. The cable stand-mounts with the new products feature the same gold diamond badge that is found on the originals.
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,” said president/founder Toni Fishman. The very rare nature of the AC701 tube means that extras will not be provided for the ELA M 250/251 system, although Telefunken Elektroakustik 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 boasts a different circuit utilising the Telefunken AC-701 tube, which is known for its 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).
“Getting one of our new commemorative systems is like taking a time machine back to 1960 and purchasing it directly from the Telefunken showroom,” remarked Jason Scheuner, director of artist relations.
The 50th Anniversary editions will start to ship September 1, 2010, and will run through until the end of 2011. Each serial number of these collectible microphones will be designated in company records as a commemorative limited edition version.