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"TELEFUNKEN" BASICALLY STANDS FOR "TRANSMISSION OF LONG DISTANCE RADIO WAVE SIGNALS" OR TRANSLATES "LONG DISTANCE SPARKS" ( ...AS RADIO WAVE SIGNALS ). "FUNKEN" STANDS FOR SPARKS. "FUNKTURM" = RADIO TRANSMISSION TOWER ...

THE STORY THAT TELEFUNKEN IS PARTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FUNK MUSIC IN THE SOUTH EAST OF THE UNITED STATES CANNOT BE CONFIRMED AS THERE WERE NOT ANY RELATED FACTORY OUTLETS EITHER IN THE MISSISSIPPI DELTA NOR IN THE NEW ORLEANS AREA.

THERE ARE ALSO UNCONFIRMED REPORTS THAT A SECRET GERMAN MISSION UNDER THE COMMAND OF MR. T. FUNKEN WAS SET UP DURING THE 1940's TO UNDERMINE AMERICAN DISCIPLINE BY DESIGNING A CERTAIN GENERIC GROOVE WHICH WOULD FOCUS ENERGIES AWAY FROM DAILY WAR DUTIES CREATING THE TERM "LTG" = LUST THROUGH GROOVE. IT IS A RARE PHENOMENA HOWEVER, THAT AT TIMES, QUITE ORDINARY AMERICAN CITIZENS - EVEN TODAY AND FOR NO APPARENT REASON - GET TEARS IN THEIR EYES WHEN THE NAME TELEFUNKEN IS MENTIONED IN THEIR PRESENCE.

THIS MAY ALSO EXPLAIN A RELATIVE SUCCESSFUL OPERATION OF A COMPANY IN THE UNITES STATES TO SELL TELEFUNKEN COUNTERFEIT PRODUCTS - SUCH AS THE U47 MICROPHONE WITH A TELEFUNKEN LOGO - HAVING THE MESMERIZING EFFECT TO GIVE COLLECTORS A NEAR RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE TO HOLD A TELEFUNKEN PRODUCT IN THEIR HANDS - EVEN IF THE ATTEMPTS FOR FINE PRODUCT MAKING MAY BE A LITTLE BIT CRUDE BY APPEARANCE AND SOUND OF THESE MAKE BELIEVE DEVICES - THE DEEP BELIEF FOR THE POWER OF THE REAL THING MAY OVERRIDE ANY FURTHER QUESTIONS AND SEEMS TO TRANSCEND THE ISSUE - WHETHER ORIGINAL PRODUCT OR NOT - ONTO A METAPHYSICAL LEVEL - SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THE ELVIS PHENOMENA THROUGH CERTAIN RELATED MERCHANDISE WHICH MAY INDUCE STRONG LASTING EFFECTS TO THE PSYCHE OF A TRUE FAN.

NEVERTHELESS...
"TELEFUNKEN" BECAME AN INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED BRAND & LOGO AND THE COMPANY BEHIND IT BUILT EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE RELATED TO RADIO & ELECTRONICS. TELEFUNKEN BUILT THE FIRST TAPE RECORDER - THE MAGNETOPHONE - WHICH WAS EAGERLY PICKED UP BY AMERICAN GENERALS AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II - SO THE STORY GOES - AND BING CROSBY, THE FAMOUS CROONER AND ONETIME SOLDIER STATIONED IN EUROPE AT THE TIME - BROUGHT THE MAGNETOPHONE HOME TO CALIFORNIA AND WITHIN A FEW YEARS THE RECORDING INDUSTRY SETTLED FOR THE MAGNETIC TAPE AS THEIR NEW RECORDING MEDIUM. [LES PAUL, THE FANTASTIC INVENTOR AND GUITARIST, SET A QUANTUM LEAP BY HAVING AN 8 TRACK TAPEMACHINE CUSTOM BUILD ( BY AMPEX ) IN 1949 - LONG BEFORE 8 TRACK BECAME A STANDARD IN THE MID TO LATE 1960's.]

FOR A WHILE TELEFUNKEN ALSO DISTRIBUTED NEUMANN MICS WORLDWIDE ( AS IN "TELE U47" ) AND LATER, WHEN DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTS FOR NEUMANN WERE TERMINATED, TELEFUNKEN ASKED AKG TO BUILD SOMETHING TO FILL THE GAP WHICH THEN BECAME THE ELAM 250 & 251 MICROPHONE SERIES.

TELEFUNKEN TUBES ARE A CENTRAL PART FOR VINTAGE NEUMANN MICROPHONE USERS. HOWEVER, AS TELEFUNKEN STOPPED MANUFACTURING TUBES SOME 20 YEARS AGO, THE HUNT IS ON NOW FOR A TOP QUALITY AC701 ( AS IN M49, M50, M269 KM53, 54, 56, SM2 ETC.)... AND A TOP QUALITY EF804 & EF804S ( FOR V76, V72 ) PLUS VARIOUS OTHER TYPES LEADING ALSO INTO THE HI-FI MARKET.


THE VF14 TELEFUNKEN TUBE (FOR U47 & U48 MICROPHONES) IS NOW THE CHAIRMAN OF A WORLDWIDE TUBE CULT CLUB. AN ADDED "M" STANDS FOR "SELECTED BY NEUMANN LAB TECHNICIANS FOR USE WITH MICS". A NON-M VERSION CAN MEAN A VARIETY OF THINGS: IT MAY NEVER HAVE BEEN TESTED FOR SELECTION, OR IT HAS BEEN TESTED AND REJECTED, OR HAS BEEN TESTED O.K. BUT NEVER RECEIVED THE MARKING "M". TUBE TEST EQUIPMENT WILL BE ABLE TO EVALUATE SOME PARAMETERS BUT SOME TUBE TESTING EQUIPMENT CANNOT TELL THE WHOLE STORY AS THE NEUMANN SPECIAL SELECTION PROCEDURES, IN CONJUNCTION WITH EXTRA CUSTOM-BUILT TESTING EQUIPMENT, WERE EXTREMELY STRINGENT.

>>>IMPORTANT FOR HARDCORE FANS ONLY >>> FACTS VERSUS RUMORS AROUND THE VF14 TUBE : WHILE THE RELATED LOOK-A-LIKE EF14 WAS IN USE DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR...THE VF14 WAS ONLY INTRODUCED IN 1947/48 - A LOW NOISE PENTODE - IDENTICAL TO EF14 EXCEPT WITH A HEATER VOLTAGE OF 60V OPPOSITE TO 6.3V . THE INTRODUCTION OF THE U47 MICROPHONE IN THE LATE 40's WITH THE VF14 TUBE AS ITS HEART WAS THE BEGINNING OF THE STUFF LEGENDS ARE MADE OF...

AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701AC701 BY THE EARLY 1950's THE MORE "MODERN" AC701 TUBE WAS DEVELOPED FOR A NEW MICROPHONE - THE "M49" - WHICH WAS DESIGNED IN COLLABORATION WITH THE NWDR (A HAMBURG BASED RADIO STATION) TO REPLACE THE "MCS2" TUBE USED IN THE FIRST M49's MANUFACTURED. THE AC701 WENT ON TO BECOME THE MAIN TUBE USED IN ALL NEWLY DEVELOPED NEUMANN MICS DURING THE 1950's INCLUDING THE M50 AND THE ENTIRE KM TUBE SERIES "KM53"/"54"/"56"/"SM2" ETC., UNTIL THE ( LARGE DIAPHRAGHM ) "U67" CAME TO LIFE IN 1960 - AN OFFSPRING OF THE LIMITED EDITION "U60" MIC - WITH YET ANOTHER TUBE: THE EF 86. THEN THE AC701 POPPED UP AGAIN VIA THE SIMILAR LOOKING BUT DIFFERENT SOUNDING "M269" AND ITS STEREO VERSION - THE "SM69". A SMALL DIAPHRAGHM MIC - THE "U64" - WAS TARGETED SPECIFICALLY TOWARDS THE AMERICAN MARKET WITH THE "7586 NUVISTOR" AND WAS MANUFACTURED FROM 1964 ONWARDS. BY 1966 THE FET REPLACED THE TUBE AS SUCH AND A NEW GENERATION OF MICS AND A NEW SOUND WAS ESTABLISHED. THIRTY YEARS LATER, IN 1995/96, NEUMANN RETURNED TO A TUBE MICROPHONE CONCEPT WITH THE INTRODUCTION OF THE "M149" - USING AN AMERICAN TUBE ONCE AGAIN. WHILE THE ACTUAL TUBE CLASSIFICATION CODE REMAINS A SECRET KNOWN ONLY TO NEUMANN - THE TUBE ITSELF IS APPARENTLY STILL READILY AVAILABLE. IN THE MEANTIME....

THE "AC701" TUBE IS ON ITS WAY TO BECOME A CULT ICON IN ITS OWN RIGHT AS ITS "SPECIAL HIGH-GRADE PARTNER " THE AC701k ALREADY IS (K= KLINGARM/ LOW RINGING NOISE) . HOWEVER, DURING LATER PRODUCTIONS IN THE 70's, TELEFUNKEN PRODUCED ONLY THE k- STANDARD TUBE ALTHOUGH ALL TUBES FROM THEN ON WERE EXCLUSIVELY LABELLED AC701 (WITHOUT THE k).

WHILE THE "k" REFLECTS THE HIGHEST STANDARDS, A NON-k VERSION NEEDS TO BE TESTED FIRST OVER A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME (MINUTES) TO CONFIRM PERFORMANCE LEVELS.

A NEW-OLD-STOCK AC701 COULD BE.....A) GOOD FOR THE TRASHCAN..... B) JUST ABOUT O.K. ... OR EVEN REFLECT .....C) AC701k STANDARD. IN CASE... B) OR C) ARE NOT AVAILABLE ...A) CAN BE TAKEN OUT OF THE TRASHCAN AGAIN FOR SOLUTION D) = DEAD OR ALIVE - A VERY SERIOUS CONSIDERATION !

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