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The Neumann U60

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Neumann U60, was introduced in 1960. The microphone would become known better by its eventual name - the U67. Like so many other designs, it was born out of necessity, but unlike other designs, it could hardly be improved upon. Its look and its sound have been copied endlessly, but the original stands apart as a piece of immortal gear.

Early Neumann products were based on the year they were produced or created. The U 47 began development in 1947, and the M 49 and M 50 followed that format. The U 67 was originally named the U60 based on its creation in 1960, but someone decided that a connection to the iconic U 47 would help its position in the marketplace, so from unit 21 on it carried the U 67 moniker.

 

 

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This is a Neumann U 60 which was the prototype for the Neumann U67.

Neumann only made 35 of these prototype U60s before they put the U67 into production several months after testing these prototypes. There are many differences between the U60 and the U67 the main one being the capsule. The U60 capsule is unlike any other large diaphragm capsule Neumann ever produced. The capsule has completely separate front and back plates that mount into the unique capsule mount. With this design the microphone was able to achieve true cardioid and figure eight pattern (similar in design to the Neumann KM 56, but a large diaphragm).

There are many other differences between the U60 prototype and the U67, I've included pictures of the U60 beside a U67 amplifier to show some the the differences. Differences like the capsule mount is shorter so the capsule sits lower in the head, the head it self has a slightly different shape on the front of the mic that isn't noticeable unless viewed directly from the side. Other differences are the way the head attached to the amplifier is completely different, there are several subtle wiring and cosmetic differences. This microphone is in great condition and the capsule was just redone by Siegfried Thiersch and comes with the original case, cable, and power supply. Other than the capsule reskin and a modern connector for AC on the power supply the set looks stock.

The mic works great and sounds very cool! It came from RCAs 24Th ST Studio in NYC. Gotham in NYC gave them the mic for testing and evaluation and we got it at the RCA auction thinking it was just a U 67 (lucky us)!  This is a very rare collector piece that just happens to be a great sounding microphone!

 

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Old Neumann U 67. Early 1960 and 1967

20-10-2020

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