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Author Topic: Neumann TM253 Microphone: Does Anybody know About This Obscure Creature?  (Read 1331 times)

klaus

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Re: Neumann TM253 microphone does anyody know this obscure creature?
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2022, 12:55:26 PM »

Yes, Martin is still in charge of microphone R+D at Neumann in Berlin.
You can contact him: schneidm at neumann.com
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Re: Neumann TM253 microphone does anyody know this obscure creature?
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2022, 03:59:56 PM »

Thank you very much.
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Re: Neumann TM253 microphone does anyody know this obscure creature?
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2022, 07:22:57 PM »

Probably a capsule intended für measurements.

The front cylinder’s diameter is exactly 1/2 inch I guess?!
That’s the norm size for use with a calibrator.
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Re: Neumann TM253 microphone does anyody know this obscure creature?
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2022, 06:24:22 AM »

Hello,
just happened to see this post by chance.

TM stands for "tele-microphone", a designation for the early Sennheiser shotgun microphones, in the late 1950s / early 1960s. A small number of TM53 were shipped to Sennheiser, then still named "Labor Wedemark" in the late 1950s. Intended for a condenser version of the otherwise dynamic Sennheiser shotgun mics. A very small number of TM253 (with RF proof connectors) was shipped to a German broadcaster in 1963/1964.
The TM53 capsule was built for a polarization voltage of 200V, so it's not a standard KM53 capsule. Lower voltage will yield less sensitivity, thus higher equivalent self noise.

The TM53 is listed in our "Overview of microphones and capsules".
https://en-de.neumann.com/product_files/8912/download

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Martin Schneider
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Re: Neumann TM253 microphone does anyody know this obscure creature?
« Reply #19 on: August 14, 2022, 07:03:37 AM »

Hello, thanks for your unfailing - as always - input. That clears a lot. Do you know if any schematic of this microphone survived? And what kind of PSU was intended to use with TM253? We realized that using of standard N52 PSU for AC701k tube needs small modification of the TM253 microphone. It is unbelieveable how prolific Neumann team used to be and how many designs were being made in golden era of microphone discoveries.
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Wojcek Czern
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