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Thread: FS: Rare RCA PB90 circa 1932 ribbon mic. Excellent condition. $1250.

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    Default FS: Rare RCA PB90 circa 1932 ribbon mic. Excellent condition. $1250.

    Very rare ~1932 RCA PB90 Ribbon mic, the predecessor to the renowned 44BX. The PB90 was used for recording by stars such as Judy Garland (pictured on Coutant's page). This will make a great addition to someone's working mic collection (I've used it on recording sessions here in Nashville) or as a show piece of recording history. This mic is 80 years old but is in exceedingly good condition for its age. According to the previous owner it was reribboned and new Mogami Neglex 2534 cable installed by ribbon mic master, Wes Dooley, of AEA Microphones. It has a few scuff marks on the body, as seen in the detailed pictures. Comes in metal storage case (pictured) for transporting. Mic stand is not included. $1250 plus insured shipping.

    For more of the history of the RCA PB90 mics, see Stan Coutant's excellent mic resource page: coutant.org/pb90/
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    Lynn Fuston
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    Making beautiful music SEEM easy since 1979.

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    Is that a repaint? The finish looks better than the badge, and also doesn't match any of the finishes seen in the Coutant pics.

    Is it indeed much darker than a 44 in sound? The early RCA preamps had treble boost built in to compensate for the mics. Part of their 'total system' EQ approach.
    Doug Williams
    Electromagnetic Radiation Recorders

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