The Neumann U-47 was the 1st post-war mic produced by Georg Neumann GmBH in West Berlin. It was designed around a World War II military radio tube (that I theorize was in great supply at very low cost) with a capsule design from 1929! There were in the area of 10,000 U-47's made. It became the "benchmark" expensive (at around $400) mic in the early 50's. Engineers found out quickly that the sensitivity of the U-47 greatly enhanced the detail of their recordings.

The U-47 is a very popular vocal mic. There were many U-47's (and U-48's) used for the famous Beatle's recordings. George Martin wrote that it is his favorite mic. U-47's are pictured in abundance in the Beatle's recording studio photos. Their aggresive sound makes them an excellent choice for lots of "Rock" applications. Drums, guitars amps and brass instruments shine when sitting behind a U-47!

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