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Author Topic: Warning: Not All "K47" Capsules Are K47!  (Read 223 times)

klaus

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Warning: Not All "K47" Capsules Are K47!
« on: November 27, 2018, 04:18:35 pm »

Lately sellers on eBay, Reverb, and other sites, sell "Neumann K47" that are actually cardioid-only TLM49 capsules with only one usable side (the rear diaphragm serves just as mechanical damping, but is not sputtered with conductive gold).

Sellers can offer these "K47"- named capsules for considerably less than a genuine K47 and still make a nice profit. What is particularly frustrating: when confronted, sellers will (rightfully?) refer to Neumann's web site, where the capsule is indeed claimed to be the "Same capsule design as the legendary U 47 and M 49".

Again: these capsules can NOT be used in multi-pattern mics like U47, U48, and M149. When in doubt, get a picture of both sides! (Picture of TLM49 capsule's rear side attached.)
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Re: Warning: Not All "K47" Capsules Are K47!
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 12:55:34 pm »

Hi Klaus, this could explain the model K49fet (#514753): Sennheiser told me about 2 years ago that it was in the same price range as the K47fet.
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Re: Warning: Not All "K47" Capsules Are K47!
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 04:45:22 pm »

Price range, maybe, but not part number: K47fet capsule = 053223.

Unlike the K49fet capsule, I have not seen a K47fet capsule without sputtering on the rear. But corners are cut every day everywhere....
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