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Telefunken ELA M511?
Old 26th June 2015
Gear Head
Telefunken ELA M511 / AKG D502?

I recently purchased this mic on eBay for $50 but I cant find much info on it:

Telefunken ELA M511?Telefunken Ela M511 Microphone | eBay

Does anyone here have any experience with this mic or know where I could find any info on it?

EDIT: After some research, I found that this is the same mic as the AKG D502, but I still can't find much info.

Last edited by rkelley1408; 26th June 2015 at 06:11 PM.. Reason: Found more info
Old 6th July 2015
Gear Nut
Hi! You've purchased a pretty neat talkback mic! The M511 was basically used for vocal amplification in live situations. I've seen them in churches or mounted on heavy stands with pushbuttons for conference/talkback situations.

Yup, and it has a high pass filter to decrease handling noise.

I think it might work well on kick drum, I seem to remember that I read that somewhere, otherwise just put it in front of a guitar amp and enjoy - I'm sure you'll get some nice tones from that.
Old 17th July 2015
Gear Head
Thanks for the info!

I figured it was probably a talkback mic, but even though that's not what I intend on using it for I thought for $50 for a vintage Telefunken it couldn't be that bad!
Old 18th July 2015
Gear Nut
I did a little more research and found out that it is a pretty hot mic with quite high sensitivity, but a rather low SPL rating for a dynamic mic, 128dB if the information is reliable - so kick drum might not be the #1 purpose for it.

It should have pretty good rear rejection, though, so maybe you can use it for lower level signals in an acoustically crowded setup.
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