TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphones are well known for their beautifully detailed reproduction and historic accuracy. Because our Diamond Series microphones are meticulously made to historic detail with no expense spared, that also makes them rather expensive for the average small studio or home enthusiast.
With this in mind, the R-F-T Series of microphones was created. The R-F-T line of tube condenser microphones utilizes American designed electronics in conjunction with New Old Stock tubes and standardized parts from overseas manufacturers. While we have not "cut any corners," we have been able to provide a lower cost alternative to more expensive microphone systems, without sacrificing the qualities that you would expect from a TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphone.
With the CU-29 "Copperhead" we went even a step further to ensure quality while working toward the goal of providing top craftsmanship that just about everyone can afford. No detail was left unattended. Specific attention was given to circuit board layout, with countless revisions done to optimize current flow and directness of traces. Each component was experimented with and individually selected for the best sonic and electronic qualities. Lastly, careful attention was put on keeping high impedance lines as short as possible to maximize efficiency and minimize unwanted noise.
The amplifier found in the R-F-T CU-29 "Copperhead" features a new proprietary circuit designed around a NOS TELEFUNKEN tube and a custom output transformer. Being a "cardioid only" microphone, the CU-29 "Copperhead" employs a single-membrane version of the large diaphragm capsule used in the AR-51 and AK-47 MkII microphones, which undergoes rigorous testing in our laboratory prior to installation. Further quality control is ensured again during the final stages of burn-in and testing, all in an effort to guarantee many years of trouble-free use.
Sonically, the "Copperhead" has a low end that is solid and warm, and yields a remarkably "present" but not "harsh" character, with clarity and detail. Yet it's entirely devoid of the upper mid-range "bite" usually found in microphones in this price range. Instead, it has a delicate and intimate "air" that is usually found only in microphones many times the price, and because it is not a "recreation" (or even a variation on a theme) the end result is a detailed yet unique tone, with character and its own sonic texture. The CU-29 "Copperhead" was developed from the ground up in our South Windsor Connecticut facility by our in-house design team and the aid of some of the industry's most knowledgeable and respected consultants. If you're interested in the history and the development of the CU-29 "Copperhead", Click Here For More.
The CU-29 "Copperhead" delivers top shelf quality at a price nearly any dedicated engineer, musician, or enthusiast can afford. Contact your favorite TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik reseller to acquire a tool you won't outgrow and will enjoy for a lifetime, now more than ever, there is no excuse not to have TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik quality in your studio's mic locker!!
Santa Barbara, December, 2011 — Doors co-founder Ray Manzarek is recording a new album, Translucent Blues, with slide guitar legend Roy Rogers, known for his work with John Lee Hooker. Manzarek has picked the latest in the line of mics designed in the tradition of the classic mics of the past, the TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik CU-29 Copperhead.
"This is a microphone built for the blues," remarked Manzarek. "I come from the Southside of Chicago, and I want my new work to reflect the integrity of those roots. The Copperhead mic has an abundance of bottom end and a clarity that hides nothing. It's a transparent mic for my Translucent Blues."
Listen to the co-founder of the Doors improvise the "Copperhead Blues" in this exclusive 2:21 track: