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Can you guys identify this Mic?

Postby derDonCH » Wed Apr 14, 2021 9:48 am

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It says „Japan“ on the black plastic part and it has a XLR3 connector.

Thanks four your help.
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Re: Can you guys identify this Mic?

Postby Mike Stranks » Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:01 am

Could be a Foster from the late 60s/early 70s...

... and if that's picture of the actual mic then the plug is a 3-pin DIN... the mic connector of choice in most domestic/semi-pro gear of that era.

Note that the connections are not the same as for an XLR. Looking from the back of the plug, PIn1 is at 9 o'clock, Pin2 at 12 and Pin3 at 3.

Pin 1 is signal; Pin 2 is earth. For any balanced mic Pin 3 is 'cold'. In unbalanced mics Pin 3 is not used.
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Re: Can you guys identify this Mic?

Postby Hugh Robjohns » Wed Apr 14, 2021 10:02 am

Edit: Mike got there first!

Yes, I agree -- it looks much more like a DIN 3 connector to me.

That's looks to me like the kind of cheapo mic that would be supplied with a portable cassette recorder etc back in the 1970s.

Often the mic was a 'Crystal' (piezo electric) or possibly a moving coil. Electrets had yet to take over the world... but if it is later than it looks and is an electret there's a good chance it either won't work or will be very low level and noisy because early electrets leaked their static charge.
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Re: Can you guys identify this Mic?

Postby James Perrett » Wed Apr 14, 2021 11:28 am

As Mike says, probably a Foster or similar (they were sold under quite a few different names). I had something similar which was an omni directional dynamic mic. The 3 pin DIN connector was common on European tape recorders like those made by Philips or Grundig.
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Re: Can you guys identify this Mic?

Postby derDonCH » Wed Apr 14, 2021 2:48 pm

Thank you guys, i appreciate the answers.
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