Made in Paris between 1948 and 1958 by Mélodium Société, 296 rue Lecourbe 15eme.
Although visually the design harks back to the 1930s it has a surprisingly modern sound. This is borne out by the frequency graph, which shows a smooth response from 50 Hz to 10 kHz.There is a presence lift of 5db at around 4.8 kHz which lends clarity and crispness, particularly to speech and vocals.
The 75A boasts a very light duralumin diaphragm and voice coil (30mg), giving good transient response. It is also claimed that the microphone is impervious to wind, making it an excellent choice for outside broadcasting and sports reporting.
The grill design featured in the technical leaflet above was used on the earlier models.
If you buy a Mélodium 75A it is worth noting that it has very low impedance (10 ohms) and will require the services of an appropriate preamp.
Also, the plug socket on the 75A is peculiar to Mélodium! (N.B. The earliest models have 3 screw terminals.)
N.B. Right hand pin is ‘hot’. Left hand pin ‘cold’. Centre pin is earth.
These Mélodium locking plugs are very hard to find! (They also fit the 42B ribbon mic.)
The Mélodium 75A was employed extensively by French broadcasters and was used by many famous entertainers and politicians, including the singer Edith Piaf and President Charles de Gaulle.
Even with this slightly creepy, wax works figure of Edith Piaf, at Musée Grévin in Paris, the Mélodium 75A takes stage centre!