Up for consideration is a vintage Neumann KM253c
condenser microphone with the KK54/64/84 cardioid capsule &
adapter collar. These vimtage Neumann mics are highly coveted
for acoustic instruments, especially guitar, and overheads. You
will find these mics in widespread use in all the great recording
studios, like Abbey
Road, where they still use four KM53s, ten KM54s, five
KM64s, and twenty-Two KM-84s!!! On the retail vintage market,
a Neumann KM-64 or KM-54/64 sells for $3,000, so here is your
chance to pick up a very nice sounding KM253 with a KK64/84 capsule,
at a nearly a 50% discount!!!
$120 From Bing.Com
* Polar Pattern: Cardioid
* Serial: 134
* Collar Serial: 4008
* Connector: Tuchel
* Threads Perfectly
* AC701 Tube
* Made in Germany
* Made in January, 1962
These mics is in very good condition considering that
it is almost 50 or so years old, with just minor scratches and
dings from normal use. Click here for 1270
DPI Hi-Res Photos. The threads on the capsule work perfectly,
and this mic has been fitted with a KM-54 body tube, presumably
to make it obvious that it now has a cardioid capsule on it.
It would be also compatible with the KK83 omni capsule (equiooed
with this needle length), and also the original KK53 capsule,
should you be lucky enough to have one. It is also worth considering
as a working parts mic, as a good sounding AC701 tube can cost
$750 all by itself, then you have the unobtainium transformer
for $250 and the capsule for $500, and for the price of the parts,
you get a great sounding, very usable mic!
This mic sounds wonderful, with very low self-noise. I used it
briefly for tracking Classical
Harp Guitar, and it sounds warm, detailed and very musical.
The previous owner had used it only for 30 hours over the last
10 years, when it was put together by David Carroll Audio. I
really don't want to sell this mic, but must do so to pay for
some other vintage gear.
Here are some quick, 1-take MP3 sound files showing how
the mic sounds through a Presonus ADL 600 preamp into
a Rosetta 200 A/D converter. No EQ or effects.
SANTA CRUZ OM/PW AC. GUITAR:
BARTOLEX CLASSICAL HARP GUITAR:
SHIPPING & TERMS
USA shipping is $15.00 via FedEx Ground , with insurance. All
sales are final, so please ask questions first. Guaranteed not
to be DOA. I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. This auction
is for a Neumann KM-253/64 microphone. No other accessories
are included, but if you need a cable or power supply, I can
sell you a Mogami cable for $100, and Dan Alexander Dual Power
Supply (powers two KM-53/4s) for $299.
PLEASE CHECK OUT my other Pro Audio
gear for sale in Current
eBay Auctions, and also see some of my other Neumann KM 84s
and KM86s that have Recently
Sold on eBay.