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Western Electric WE618a

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Period:   from the end of 1940's to the full 1950's
Type:   Microphones
Quantity:   1 specimens available

An original microphone from the 1930s with it's unique lever-operated (but clumsy) cable connector. The Western Electric No. 618A is an important historical mic. It was the world’s first dynamic (moving coil) mic (developed by Bell Labs) and introduced in 1931. It quickly became a favorite of US broadcasters as an all-purpose studio mic. It was used also as a 1930s newsreel mic and notably by Franklyn D. Roosevelt for his US radio ‘fireside chats’.

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Last updated: 22 September 2020