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VINTAGE -- Neumann KM254 Condenser Mic

Vintage KM254 with Nickel Caspule

VINTAGE MICROPHONE

Neumann KM254

Up for consideration is a vintage Neumann KM254 condenser microphone with the KK54 cardioid nickel capsule. 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, and ten KM54s!!! On the retail vintage market (places like Vintage King and Sonic Circus), a Neumann KM-254 or KM-54 sells for $3,500, so here is your chance to pick up an amazing-sounding KM254 at a huge discount!!!

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SPECS:
* Polar Pattern: Cardioid
* Serial # 519
* Made in Germany
* February, 1962
* KK54 # 3036
* Nickel Capsule
* Thiersch Reskinn
* Connector: Tuchel
* Threads Perfectly
* Replacement AC701 Tube
* NEW Gotham cable
* NEW AMI PSU

CONDITION
This mic 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. It does have a Thiersch reskinn, a replacement Telefunken AC701 tube, and the capsule head is missing the original silk mesh cloth. The cable and PSU are both new, fitted and calibrated to this mic at AMI / TAB-Funkenwerk

This mic sounds wonderful, with very low self-noise. The Thiersch reskinn has a slight midrange emphasis, and will not make a parfectly matched pair with a stock KM254 (see sound files below). The previous owner had used it for 4-5 CDs, including most of the acoustic guitars on Rickie Lee Jones' new album.

SOUND FILES:
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:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

VOICE OVER:
ENGLISH:
1 GERMAN: 1

RAMIREZ CLASSICAL HARP GUITAR:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4

RAMIREZ w/ a STOCK KM254
1 | 2 | 3 | 4

SHIPPING & TERMS

USA shipping is $15.00 via FedEx Ground , with insurance, 2nd Day Air is $25. Satisfaction guiranteed, buyer pays return shipping. I do accept PayPal. Thanks for looking. This auction is for a Neumann KM-254 microphone, with a new Gotham cable, and new AMI power supply.

PLEASE CHECK OUT my other vintage Schoeps mic for sale in Current eBay Auctions, and also see some of my other Neumann KM5x mics that have Recently Sold on eBay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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