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This is a Vintage Turner 8MX Microphone from the Turner Co. Cedar Rapids Iowa.  There were patents pending on it from Brush Development Company and the serial number is 703.  It was licensed under patents to Turner.  Since Turner sold to Conrac in 1967 (which sold to Telex in 1979) I am guessing that it was manufactured in the late 50s. I can find no information about this item on the web or in old catalogs and books.

It functions well with a clear, crisp signal.  The cord terminates in a 1/4 inch male end. I took it apart and I think that it is a piezo-electric. Please excuse my ignorance and if anyone knows for sure, please inform me. I haven't seen any of these before. From what I understand, piezo-electric mikes were considered high tech and visionary in those days.  I think that it is omnidirectional as well.  It is quite sensitive and really sounds nice.

It has the look of other Brush mikes such as the hexagonal Sonasel and the model 38, both with the cathedral top. Anyway, the design is quite Art Deco and Machine Age and I think it is both novel and attractive. It displays well. There is no socket for a screw in microphone stand as you can see from the pictures.  It must have fit into a rectangular holder but again, I am unsure.


 

    Price: $500.00 (obo)

    The condition of this item is:

      Tested Functioning Restored Physical Restored Electrical Silk Damaged Rusted Threads Worn Cable Bad / Absent Screws Missing Dent Scratch Crack Been Dropped Smoke Free NOS Element Intact Sounds Great   Logo intact Very Rare Vintage

     

    The accessories for this item are:

      OEM Cable Set OEM Stand Inc (There is no screw in hole for a standard stand)

     

    The specfications of this item are:

      I photographed the element and I have no definite idea what this is.  If anyone out there does, I would appreciate the information.  Thanks


      Weight and Height: 14.8oz; 8 x 1.5 x 1.5 inches
      Capsule:
      No Idea [you tell me?]
      Year Manufactured:
      1950s ?

       

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