Telefunken Elektroakustik is launching the new Alchemy Series of microphones, set to be the company’s next generation of large diaphragm tube condensers.
The mics will be shipping this spring, the new series including the TF29, TF39, TF47, and TF51.
Each model was designed to have a distinctively original sonic fingerprint, so the company sees the Alchemy Series as an evolution and refinement of past models in the R-F-T Series (CU-29 Copperhead, AR-51, and AK-47 MkII). The mics sport new custom headgrilles, hand-plugged circuit boards, and selected American and European vacuum tubes and transformers. All systems ship in a protective case and include two mount options, microphone dust cover, high-flex 7-meter cable, and a power supply.
The Alchemy Series is assembled America by a team of engineers and technicians. Each microphone is individually tested and listened to, and all critical components are quality-controlled in-house before assembly, including capsule frequency sweeps, vacuum tube burn-in and noise grading.
The TF29 Copperhead is a development from the CU-29 Copperhead, featuring a new old-stock American-made 5654W vacuum tube, all-brass K67-style capsule, and a Swedish-made Lundahl output transformer.
Building on that, the TF39 Copperhead Deluxe adds a dual membrane K67-style capsule, allowing for three-pattern selection between cardioid, omnidirectional, and figure-eight. The two microphones are otherwise the same.
The TF47 is a new design drawing inspiration from the Neumann U47 and M49, and Telefunken suggests using it for recording vocals, guitar amps, and drums. It is built around an all-brass K47-style capsule, new old stock 5840W vacuum tube, and a custom-made BV8 transformer, as found in the U47.
The TF51 rethinks the Telefunken ELA M 251E and C12, using a 6072A vacuum tube mated with an edge-terminated style capsule. The output transformer is a custom German-made Haufe transformer, the original manufacturer for Telefunken.