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Western Electric 618 microphone connector type?

Postby brunofunk » Sat Oct 17, 2020 7:47 pm

Hi all, I have hit a wall trying to identify the type of connection on my western electric 618a mic I recently acquired.
The connection cable is seen here: http://www.coutant.org/we618a/we618cbl.jpg
The article it is from is the most info I can find but doesn't name the type of connection. I would love to build that exact cable as seen in the pic. Any info on the connector type name or where to find one is greatly appreciated! I really like how it sounds but I am trying to avoid soldering the wires directly to it.
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Re: Western Electric 618 microphone connector type?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Sat Oct 17, 2020 9:00 pm

I believe the connector you need is a Western Electric 285A... But I have no idea where you'd find one. Its obviously long since obsoleted, and only ever had one manufacturer.

Your best bet is probably a trawl of the vintage mic specialists in the USA.

The connector has a lever on the side that operates a cam locking mechanism to hold the connector in place and close the mic's socket contact springs onto the plug connector pins.
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