Picked up this pair of circa 1951 Electro-voice 655A mics for $25 at the flea market yesterday. These were the top-of-the line in 1951, retailing for today’s equivalent of $982 each. Wow. that’s a lot of money.
They had no cabling. Just some bare wire. They also came with this great little RCA MI 91-B mic stand.
Anyhow, a quick check with an ohmmeter gave an encouraging result, so i wired them up. And they sound great! Not at all like what you would expect from 60-year-old mics that are beat to hell. Very articulate, good level, pretty high-fi. I own a ton of mics from the 50s and there are not too many American-made dynamic mics that I would actually want to use in a session. These have real potential.
Anyhow, how about that circa 1951 price though? I don’t think anyone was using these at home with their wire recorder. Audio used to be serious business.
———————————————————————- – Microphone technique and ‘identification’ is a big part of the instruction on offer here. Most of it is pretty unsurprising, but i found the extreme rigor of ‘Microphone hand signals’ to be really interesting. I have worked in broadcast production and recording studios for years and I don’t think I have ever been aware of a truly codified system of ‘hand signals’ for producers to use in the studio. Anyhow, here’s a quick lesson from the past. Also -check the ‘turntable hand signals’ at the end. These all need to end up in a hip hop video. “Open my mic!”