'Baby U47' from Funkwerk Leipzig, the CM7156, a classic East German vintage tube mic

Our featured mic today is an extremely rare vintage East German handcrafted multipattern tube condenser mic, the Funkwerk Leipzig CM7156. You hardly ever see these, and when you do they hardly ever work. This one does, however. It's been carefully gone through and everything that needed doing has been done. All original except for some new-old-stock replacement parts.

Known in Germany as the 'baby U47', introduced in 1956, that's why it's called the CM7156 (the Neumann U47 came out in 1947, that's where that model designation came from).
Very good cosmetic condition, with original case, incredibly rare original cable (output cable terminates to standard XLR) and power supply (needs 220V AC, you'll need a voltage transformer for use with other voltages)

Tested thoroughly, works perfectly, sounds great as you'd expect from an original mid-50s tube microphone!

Switchable omni/cardioid, large diaphragm gold membrane capsule

has AC761 tube, East German version of the AC701, which Andreas Grosser says is better than the AC701!

This is a very rare chance to get a good one of these, and I'm not going to carry them anymore after this. Then again, maybe I'll find another one sometime and change my mind, it's such a cool rare mic.

 

Posted by Richard Morse on 10 December, 2014
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