Telefunken U47 2010s Nickel

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $5,385$6,310

The 21st century build of the Telefunken U47, made in South Windsor, CT, is a recreation of the Neumann-built / Telefunken-badged U 47 from the 1950s.

The U47 as seen here features an AMI BV8 transformer, M7 capsule, and a rather odd-duck WE408 glass tube retrofitted into a metal casing. Telefunken designated this tube "VF14k" and marketed it as a direct replacement for the VF14M used in original U 47 and U 48 microphones.

As with the original microphone, the Telefunken U47 features switchable polar pattern (cardioid, omnidirectional) at the base of the head assembly.

Early versions of the contemporary Telefunken build used a head basket which was rounded at the top, whereas original microphones had a basket which was flat at the top. This microphone was originally sold in the 2000s under a few different model numbers, with different tubes and power supplies available.


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