Telefunken CU29 "Copperhead"

Ohhhh man. The new gear just keeps rolling in post-AES. At first I was a little worried because during and right after AES, I didn’t see a ton of impressive gear coming through, but once the companies settled back in and got over the mass gear hangovers, the press releases came in like a flood! And most of them don’t even come close to making me as happy as what Telefunken has been up to. *Props knee up on chair *cue the inspirational backdrop music!! This company, like Neve, is a staple in the recording industry, and in actuality go hand in hand. Telefunken has graciously allowed the populous (who before couldn’t all afford the impeccable microphones) to also get to take part in using the equipment that shaped the industry of microphones into what they are today. The best part is they’re not doing it in the vein of other companies that piece together lackluster cheap looking microphones. They’re still putting their best foot forward for the working guys as well. I mean just look at that mic!!! Its gorgeous. I still want the AK47 more but asthetically, I think that mic is the best looking out of the whole RFT line and maybe even some of the higher end mics as well. I only wished I looked as attractive. *stop inspirational background music abruptly.

TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphones are known for their beautifully detailed reproduction and historic accuracy. Because TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik‘s Diamond Series microphones are meticulously made to historic detail with no expense spared, that also makes them rather expensive for the average small studio or home enthusiast. With this in mind, the R-F-T Series of microphones was created.
The R-F-T line of tube condenser microphones utilizes American designed electronics in conjunction with New Old Stock tubes and standardized parts from overseas manufacturers. While we have not “cut any corners,” we have been able to provide a lower cost alternative to more expensive microphone systems, without sacrificing the qualities that you would expect from a TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphone.
With the CU-29 “Copperhead” we went even further to ensure quality while working toward the goal of providing TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik craftsmanship that just about everyone can afford.
No detail was left unattended. Specific attention was given to circuit board layout, with countless revisions done to optimize current flow and directness of traces. Each component was experimented with and individually selected for the best sonic and electronic qualities. Lastly, careful attention was put on keeping high impedance lines as short as possible to maximize efficiency and minimize unwanted noise.
The amplifier found in the R-F-T CU-29 “Copperhead” features a new proprietary circuit designed around a NOS TELEFUNKEN tube and a custom output transformer. Being a “cardioid only” microphone, the CU-29 “Copperhead” employs a single-membrane version of the large diaphragm capsule used in the AR-51 and AK-47 MkII microphones, which undergoes rigorous testing in our laboratory prior to installation. Further quality control is ensured again during final testing and burn-in of the microphone, all to give you the ease of many trouble free years of use with your R-F-T microphones.

So there you have it folks. I got to stack two of the most influential companies in the industry into one day and you know why? Because I make car parts for the American working man cuz thats who I am and that’s who I ca….. sorry… Tommy boy marathon today.