Vintage Neumann and Telefunken U47: The Neumann Model U47 was the first post-war mic produced by Georg Neumann GmbH in West Berlin. It was designed around a Telefunken-developed steel-cover radio tube, type VF14m. It became a bench mark mic in the early fifties, but was expensive at around $400. Engineers found out quickly that the sensitivity of the U47 greatly enhanced the detail of their recordings.

The U47 is a popular vocal mic. There were many U47s and U48s used for the Beatles recordings. George Martin wrote that it is his favorite microphone.  47s are pictured in abundance in the Beatles recording studio photos. Their aggressive sound makes them an excellent choice for many rock applications. Drums, guitar amps, and brass instruments shine when sitting behind a U47.

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