Beautiful vintage Telefunken ELAM-251E large diaphragm tube condenser microphone. Designed and manufactured by AKG at the request of Telefunken, the Ela M 251 was a 3-pattern tube mic built around AKG’s famed CK12 capsule.
Telefunken had never manufactured microphones, but instead served as the distributor — and brand name — for mics made by Neumann and AKG. Notably, the early U 47 microphone was branded by Telefunken, despite having been designed and manufactured by Neumann. When Neumann began distributing its products under its own name, Telefunken was reportedly left without a large-diaphragm condenser in its product line, and commissioned AKG to develop a replacement.
Two different glass tubes were used in the Ela M 251 microphone:
Ela M 250/251 - This mic used a hard-wired Telefunken AC701k tube.
Ela M 250E/251E - The “Export” version of the 250/251 used a socketed 6072 tube, which at the time was more readily available outside of Europe than was Telefunken’s AC701k.
This vintage package includes the original NG 950EC power supply, stand mount, wooden box and Pelican case.