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Old 30th April 2011
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AKG D19 early vintage model

I bought 2 mikes from a sale, both formerly belonging to a BBC camera/sound engineer. One is Shure 545 Unidyne III, in its original pouch and lead, and with original data sheet dated 18 May 1965. The other is an AKG D19, in its original box, but without lead (I have now bought high quality Klein-Tuchel 3-pin - XLR lead (£35). Both mikes are in mint condition and perfect working order - and seem to have hardly any serious use at all -if any!

The D19 has no C or E designation - its collar is marked D19 - 60 ohms - serial no. 96986. I have the manufacturer's data sheet for the D19c and D19e - the 19c has single impedance of 200 ohms; the 19e 3 impedance connections of 60, 200, and 50,000 ohms. I would therefore guess that my D19 model preceded the 19c and 19e models, and is likely to be of similar mid-sixties vintage to the Shure 545.

I have tested the D19 through several amplifiers, but the best response has been through the low impedance balanced XLR mike input on my Marshall Audiostate LR 150 amp. Through this it produces warm, well rounded sounds on vocals in the 'S' position on the bass attenuator ring; but still gives a nice high-end 'ringing' sound when playing acoustic guitar via the 'M' setting.

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Also any advice to help me date it more precisely? Thanks

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Old 30th April 2011
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The Abbey Road versions of the D19 were always the "C" suffix, with a wire mesh grille and the screw locking DIN connector. Some other versions (I'm not sure which, but they seem to be earlier versions) had a metal "bar" type grille.
The maximum I've ever paid for a D19c (off eBay) was £260, absolutely mint and in it's original box (and sounded good).

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Bear in mind, as I mentioned in my previous post, you are only really "hiring" one of these mikes. The voice coil wire WILL break eventually, and when it does there is no repair.
I'm not sure when they discontinued the D19, try the AKG website, which has a lot of information. The replacement was supposedly the D190e, but it sounded nothing like the D19.

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Old 30th April 2011
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Hi BeeGee.

Thanks for that. My D19 is visually identical to the D19C, with mesh grill etc, and satin-lined box. But it is clearly a distinct, and possibly earlier, version, as it has only the 60 ohm impedence connection, compared to the 200ohm for the D19C. It is absolutely mint - looks rarely used, if ever - and provenance is genuine via the nephew of the ex-BBC AV Engineer whose personal effects the 2 mkes came from after his death. I have just had the cable for the Shure 515 Unidyne converted to XLR - XLR by my local mike-tech - he confirmed that that mike is virtually unused, and in perfect working order. I also have a friend who was for many years a top Sound Engineer for ITV, who says they used D19's regularly but mainly for instrument miking, and also as talkback mikes (he gave me 2 of his mint Shure SM58s last year, as he had no further use for them - good mate that!)

I have had a reasonable offer for the D19 from a specialist vintage mike dealer in Germany - but I would prefer to sell it privately - to a 'good home' if possible. I have still quite a large collection of 1960's and later gear, (though I sold a big collection of 1960s Fenders and Gibson guitars about 10 years ago to a Sheffield dealer) but, much as I love the gear, I am now 65 years old, and really don't have the room for any more musical clutter, much as I love owning, and occasionally using, it all. (I was a 1960's rocker in my youth, and played at the Liverpool Cavern in 1965, so for me it serioiuslly nostalgic stuff!)

If you are interested in serious discussion re. the D19, please feel free to contact me at [email protected] (or [email protected], my main email address). It would be wasteful of me to play around with it too much, bringing forward the day when the inevtable detachment of the diaphram occurs! (Though I think you can get complete repacement capsules from later AVG models that used the same, or similar, technology.

Let me know if you wish to pursue further?

Roger H
Old 1st May 2011
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Hmm..
I'm not sure I actually NEED any more D19's but if you don't mind hanging on for a couple of days I'll ask my client if they need anymore at their studio.
I think we've got 5 or 6 now and they were for a particular project and I'm not sure how much they are used these days. We probably have enough, but if yours is really nice perhaps we may be able to discuss a price.
I'll PM you if there are any developments - it will definitely be to a "good home".
Old 1st May 2011
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No prob - happy to wait. I have emailed AKG to try to get precise date of manufacture, and to clarify the distinction between 60ohm and 200 ohm resistance models.
Old 1st May 2011
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I got one of the golden bk/hi models for about 130 USD. It sounds good but is noisy as h*ll. Someone said something about the transformer being put in the wrong way, how could that even happen?
Do you think I should try rewiring it or is it going to be nothing more than a nice looking paperweight?
Old 1st May 2011
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I got one of the golden bk/hi models for about 130 USD. It sounds good but is noisy as h*ll. Someone said something about the transformer being put in the wrong way, how could that even happen?
Do you think I should try rewiring it or is it going to be nothing more than a nice looking paperweight?
The mic itself cannot be noisy (other than the sound it picks up) since it's a passive device.
If you're feeding the Hi impedance output to a low impedance input you're probably losing a lot of gain due to mismatch.
I believe it's possible, with care, to remove the internal transformer. The rest of the mic is standard apart from the transformer, just wire it out and connect the capsule wires direct to the output socket.
Old 2nd May 2011
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d19s are cool.
Old 2nd May 2011
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Quote:
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I got one of the golden bk/hi models for about 130 USD. It sounds good but is noisy as h*ll. Someone said something about the transformer being put in the wrong way, how could that even happen?
Do you think I should try rewiring it or is it going to be nothing more than a nice looking paperweight?
An ITV sound engineer friend, who used D19's professionally, told me they were vey prone to cable noise. I bought a new high quality cable for mine and have no problems; though I do get very differeing responses through different amplifiers. Personally I wouldn't risk dismantling it because of the fragility of the coil connection referred to by BeeGee earlier. I have an 'exploded' parts data sheet showing exactly how the mike is put together. Happy to send you a copy if you wish?
Old 2nd May 2011
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Hmm..
I'm not sure I actually NEED any more D19's but if you don't mind hanging on for a couple of days I'll ask my client if they need anymore at their studio.
I think we've got 5 or 6 now and they were for a particular project and I'm not sure how much they are used these days. We probably have enough, but if yours is really nice perhaps we may be able to discuss a price.
I'll PM you if there are any developments - it will definitely be to a "good home".
A very helpful guy at AKG has now sent me his entire archive of documentation on the D19. The 60 ohm version that I have was a standard variant of the D19C, which was made in 60 and 200 ohms versions. All fascinating stuff - including an 'exploded' spare parts data sheet. I am happy to pass copies of all this material on if anyone is interested?
Old 2nd May 2011
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Funny but I have 2 D19s. One is moded with an XLR the other is still with it's din connector. I haven't pulled these out of their cases for quite some time not (2 years and more). I might give them a new listen...
Old 18th February 2012
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Hey everyone, recently picked up this AKG D-19 E. It has the 5 pin XLR so I was wondering, is this American DJ 3-Pin Male XLR to 5-Pin Female XLR Turnaround: Shop Pro Audio & Other Musical Instruments | Musician's Friend the right cable to convert it? Sorry for the novice question, just wanted to make sure I was getting the right thing, this is my first vintage piece of recording gear. It seems to be in mint condition though... thanks! Also, anyone have much experience with the E's?
Old 18th February 2012
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Assuming you want to use the 200 Ohm output, you need a 5-pin XLR wired pin 1 shield, pin 2 hot, pin 4 cold. These go to pins 1, 2, 3 respectively on the 3-pin XLR.

That adapter cable probably just connects pins 1-3 directly to their counterparts at the 3-pin end, in which case you would need to re-solder one of the connections at the 5-pin end to move it from pin 3 to pin 4.
Old 19th February 2012
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Hey Peller thanks for the response. Would I have to make this cable or does somebody make one? I tried googling but to no success. Thanks again and yes, the 200 ohm output (what would I need for the other options?).
Old 19th February 2012
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It's fairly easy to make one if you can use a soldering iron.

If you want to buy a cable ready made you'll probably need to go to someone who specialises in vintage mics and it might be quite pricey. But really anyone who can solder should be able to do it for you.

Pin 1 and 4 are always connected as above. If for some reason you want to wire it for 60 Ohm or 50k, you'd move the hot connection to pin 3 or 5.
Old 19th February 2012
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I LOVE my AKG D190 for kick! Seriously!
Old 19th February 2012
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It became my goto mic for bass amp and kick drum, the low end on this mic is incredible. Sounds very much like condenser but gives more solid and compressed sound, I don`t care about it`s high frequencies though. I would really like it to not break on me, but I suppose it will given the amount of LF I feed him. Well, at least to this point all my productions will have amazing low end
Old 19th February 2012
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We have three D19s (two "C"s and one "E") and three D119ES (the successor to the D19), fantastic on toms and percussion.
Old 19th February 2012
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Thanks for the responses. Im sorry I am so feeble on the subject of pins and cables and such, I go here for the experts! What do you guys think of this one If I don't do the soldering? USB Microphone, Stereo Microphone, Preamplifier, Digital Recorder, Custom Cables and more at Rock Bottom Prices from The Sound Professionals - Great deals on Microphone, Preamplifier, Digital Recorder, Cable and more!

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Old 19th February 2012
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You need 5-pin female to 3-pin male, that one is the other way around.

I doubt you'll find the cable you need ready made. You could buy the bits and a soldering iron for about the same price that a specialist will charge you to make it up. Or you could ask around the neighbourhood to see if anyone will do it as a favour.
Old 19th February 2012
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I LOVE my AKG D190 for kick! Seriously!
This thread is about the D19, but I might try my D190 on kick. It has to be good for something.
Old 9th May 2012
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Hey everyone. So I finally got a custom cable for My D19E but there seems to be some issue. Although as previously said, I am a Microphone novice but I am having some problems with the mic. It's the strangest thing, I had MarkerTek make me the custom 5 pin 200ohm option> XLR but when I plug the mic into a normal channel on a PA head, if one scratches or flicks the grill you can hear pops coming out of the PA heads but if you try to speak into the microphone there is no sound... anyone have any ideas or maybe I should post a Youtube explanation? thanks all

brendan
Old 9th May 2012
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My go-to rack tom mic. Also occasionally use as the Ringo mono overhead (see recording the Beatles book).
Old 30th August 2015
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I bought a D19 from ebay that sounds very thin. Can someone tell what could be the cause for this?
I tried to open the mic, but wasn't successful. Do you have to take the screws out that hold the basket? They are coroded, and it's probably not possible to unscrew them.
Old 12th May 2016
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Nice sound, Very honest as it were and fills a lot of space. Would work good with a Vocal and sparse band.
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