Bought ……. ‘sold as seen’……’not known if working’….. from a house clearance sale on ebay. This microphone was previously owned by Kenneth Chaplin, who worked for the BBC from 1935 to 1981. Question is……. will my newly purchased STC 4017-C turn out to be:-
b) An expensive copper paperweight/doorstop!!!
What’s your guess? a) or b)
All I’ve got to do now is make up a special lead and find out!!!
2 Days Later ……… To find out what happens when I plug it in CLICK HERE!
I was going to write some technical blurb on this mic, but the information on Stan Coutant’s wonderful ‘Welcome to Microphones’ site is so comprehensive I would thoroughly recommend reading that!
Many historic 20th century broadcasts and recordings were made with the STC4017 (probably more than any other microphone) and many famous people have had their picture taken with it! Here is a great photograph of the writer George Orwell
Marlene Dietrich 1944 performing for the BBC Allied Expeditionary Forces Programme.
Here is another famous user:-
Here below are links to to more interesting information :-
John Snagge reporting D-Day landings June 6th 1944
America Declares War on Japan. President Roosevelt’s Speech using the original Western Electric 618a. (Same as STC4017a)
A variation of this microphone also used by the Royal Navy in the form of the Vitavox Admiralty Pattern No 1359
Following the years of wartime reporting, below a battery of STC4017s assists in cementing the peace.