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Electro-Voice Carbon Button Microphone (AKA “The Staff of Ra”)

This 1920’s era Electro-Voice ring-mount carbon microphone looks a lot like the classic model 100-D, though it is not marked on the body as I have seen in other photos online.  Anyone know exactly what it is?  I’ve been calling it “The Staff of Ra” — with the stand it weighs almost 20 pounds, and when I move it around (especially in the kids’ messy playroom) I feel like I’m about to pinpoint the location of the Well of Souls.  But that’s just because I love Raiders of the Lost Ark, and has nothing to do with the microphone.

Update: this item sold on eBay for $389.00

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Posted by on September 16, 2013 in eBay, Electro-Voice, movies


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Shure Model EM10A

I’ve already had a Star Wars moment on this blog, but with the recent departure of conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie, I’ve been seeing more than my fair share of awesome Star Wars imagery on the Internets lately.  Maybe this is why the Shure push-to-talk micrphone Model EM10A (distributed by General Electric) reminds me of the notorious bounty hunter Boba Fett?  It recently sold on eBay for $22.72.

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Posted by on March 7, 2012 in eBay, microphones, movies, Shure


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Turner Model SR90D-6

This handheld “push-to-talk” microphone from Turner was likely used by amateur radio operators and short wave communicators.  This looks like another good mic for talking Ted Striker down onto the runway.  It recently sold on eBay for $15.

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Posted by on February 27, 2012 in eBay, microphones, movies, Turner


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American Microphone Company Model D4

Due to the obvious resemblance, the 1940’s era D4 manufactured by the American Microphone Company belongs to a group of microphones known as “salt shakers.”  Relatively heavy and durable, it was commonly used for broadcast in the US military, and later became a favorite of harmonica players.  The item shown below recently sold on eBay for $73.51.  UPDATE: I think I spotted this microphone in the great American classic comedy Airplane!.  Photos below.


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Any Star Wars fan can’t help but instantly notice the similarities between the AKG D1000E and the Jedi’s weapon of choice.  And since they are a dime a dozen (literally) on eBay, I’m going to hold on to this one for possible inclusion in some distant-future Halloween costume.

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Posted by on November 21, 2011 in AKG, microphones, movies


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