MICROPHONES


GA-251
only 1 699 Euro with VAT in Europe

Gearslutz thread

A wonderful feedback from Eliot James in the UK, he has used the GA-251 prototypes:
"I have been working with the 251 prototypes They’re sounding really great. Having used the telefunken 251 (re issue) an awful lot I can honestly tell you that your mics seem to perform in pretty much the same way. I haven’t done any A/Bing or anything like that but everything I have recorded with the GA mics have sounded just as I would expect from the telefunken version..this is the second project on which I will have done all vocals on the 251, plus lots of other stuff like acoustic guitars/rooms etc & Thanks so much for the loan. Looking forward to using it more next week!" 

  • High End, no compromise components and build quality
  • Hand Made in small series, 50 units at a time
  • Capsules selected with very tight tolerances
  • Point-to point wiring with silver-plated wires, no printed circuit board used
  • All soldering points made with Mudorf Msolder Supreme SilverGold solder (Sn88, 6Cu, 1,8Ag, 9,5Au
  • Solid wood microphone box, tweed style system flight case. Every mic, box and psu has a badge with the serial number.

The Telefunken ELA M 250/251 was made for Telefunken by AKG after Neumann discontinued its OEM production of the Telefunken U-47. The Golden Age Premier GA-251 is inspired by this truly classic mic model.
The GA-251 shares the same design goal that was set for the GA-47: to offer the classic qualities and advantages that a vintage unit in perfect condition would provide and doing so at a very low price point.
Having gone through a number of prototypes that was compared to great sounding vintage units in different recording settings, everyone involved agreed that the goal was reached.
Its a great pleasure for me to present the second mic in the Golden Age Premier line, the GA-251!

Bo Medin, October 2018

GA-251 build info

Mic body and grille
The mic body is made of brass, the grille is made of iron.
The grille, which is a critical component affecting the sound character, is similar to the one in the 251. 

Capsule 
The GA-251 uses a 34 mm K251 style capsule. Being a dual-sided one, it provides both cardioid and omni polar patterns.
In order to get a good consistency between units, for each production run of 50 pcs GA-251 units, approximately 200 capsules is evaluated in order to find 50 capsules with specifications that lie within the tight tolerances.

Specifications:
Backplate material: brass
Capsule diameter: 34 mm
Membrane diameter: 34 mm
Membrane material: 6 micron gold-coated mylar.
The sensitivity of the front and back side of the capsule do not differ more than 0,3 dB. The sensitivity between different capsules do not differ more than 0,5 dB.
The tight manufacturing tolerance will lead to a very good consistency between different GA-251 units.
The capsule is specially designed to complement the electronic circuit of the GA-251 to achieve a frequency response curve with a nice balance between the high, middle and low frequencies.
The result is a very smooth sound with a warm bottom and airy top end just like ELA M251.

Tube
The GA-251 uses a NOS Phillip 5480W super low noise pentode tube connected in triode mode in order to decrease the noise. The tube has the following character:
- balanced sound response
- a smooth and warm sound character and a low noise level
- long lifespan
The GA-251 amplifier features a new proprietary circuit designed around the NOS 5840W tube.

Output transformer
The GA-251 transformer is specially designed with a 10:1 AMI style dual bobbin transformer. It is made from permalloy steel sheet from USA and enamelled wire from Germany. It offers a wonderful sound character with a high resolution and great balance between the low, middle and high frequency bands.

Capacitors and resistors
The coupling capacitor is made by Solen from France. It is a high balanced film capacitor made from MKP material with pure oxygen-free copper connections. It has a very delicate and balanced sound.
The capsule capacitor uses NOS Siemens antique grade polystyrene capacitor to reduce loss.
The tube cathode bypass capacitor uses an ELNA OFC Cerafine high end hifi capacitor from Japan with oxygen free copper connections exhibiting a very sweet and delicate character, not the least for vocals.
The other capacitors are of the low loss polystyrene type.
The resistor used for setting the capsule voltage is a high quality DALE 1% metal film resistor. The result is a very stable and consistent operating level leading to better consistency between different GA-251 units.
The plate resistor uses a non-inductive resistor of the United States IRC audio with pure copper connections. The sound level is rich and full bodied.

Mic interior
The electronic circuit is built with point-to point wiring, All soldering points made with Mudorf Msolder Supreme silvergold solder
All of the inside wire use pure silver wire and decrease the loss during the circuit transmission, also it can ensure the sound quality is transparent.
All components which are connect to electrical ground is connected to the ground plane on the circuit board. All other component connections use point to point wiring which results in virtually zero loss and crosstalk.

Power supply transformer and electrolytic capacitors
The vintage style power supply PSU uses a high power R-style transformer with a low noise level and minimum stray field.
A simple but effective circuit uses dual-stage filtering for the filament voltage. The High voltage is also precisely filtered and stabilized using an ON semiconductor zener diode.
The polar pattern switch is placed on the power supply so that the recording engineer can change the polar pattern between Cardioid and Omni remotely.
A ground lift switch will help to solve mains power related noise issues that can appear in some cases

Mic cable
The cable is specially produced using 99,99% pure oxygen-free copper, Teflon insulation, tin foil and 98% kitmesh, ie with a very high braided density of the cable shield. It has a very open and smooth sound. The mic connector is an aviation style plug providing solid connections and a long life. 


GA-47
only 1 699 Euro with VAT in Europe

Check out the amazona.de review
Check out the Tobitech review
Check out the Gearslutz review
Golden Age Premier GA-47 George Murphy testimony Check out the video>
Check out the video from the Berlin shootout

Sweetwater customer feedback
Check out these Gearslutz threads with user comments on the GA-47 and some other 47-style mics:
GS thread 1
GS thread 2
Check out pictures, also from the inside, on the GA-47, vintage U-47 and WA-47

  • High End, no compromise components and build quality

  • Hand Made in small series, 50 units at a time

  • Capsules selected with very tight tolerances

  • Point-to point wiring with silver-plated wires, no printed circuit board used

  • All soldering points made with Mudorf Msolder Supreme SilverGold solder (Sn88, 6Cu, 1,8Ag, 9,5Au

  • Solid wood microphone box, tweed style system flight case. Every mic, box and psu has a badge with the serial number.

The Neumann U-47 microphone is one of the most highly revered and sought after microphones of all times. Being a true classic, the U-47 really needs no further presentation.

Due the high cost and low availability of vintage originals, especially ones in good condition, a number of manufacturers are producing U-47 clones. The selling price of the clones are covering a broad price span, several of them are sold at  high price points.

Any manufacturer putting a U-47 clone on the market is bound to get the same question: “Does it sound like a U-47?”
My take is that this is the wrong question to ask, I would like to rephrase the question to: “Does it offer the classic qualities and advantages that a vintage U-47 in perfect condition do?”

The Neumann U-47 was produced between 1949 and 1965 meaning that the vintage original units are now very old and their performance do differ a lot depending on their condition. The different clones all have their specific sound character too. So, it´s not easy to say which sound is “the right one”. As always, not the least as far as microphones goes, it will ultimately be a matter of taste.

Does the world need one more U-47 clone? Since we are now presenting the GA-47 microphone as the first product in Golden Age Projects new high end line, changing “Project” to “Premier” for this product range, the answer is “Yes!”.
After a lot of experimentation and valuable feedback from pro users testing prototype units, we did feel that it was indeed possible to bring something new to the table.

The Golden Age Premier GA-47 has been born from a lot of hard work and real world testing. The end result is a microphone with a very sweet character that should appeal to a great number of users and a microphone that can be used for the most demanding recording tasks. It has proved itself to be a great allrounder, this is not a “vocal-only” microphone.

The GA-47 is not a product that will be built in huge quantities on a big assembly line. It´s a product that is built by hand, fifty units at a time in a small workshop by a skilled and dedicated staff.
It uses very high quality components all the way to achieve the desired goal, allowing me to answer “yes!” to the rephrased question mentioned above.

I believe that the level of quality and dedication that the GA-47 provides normally comes at a very high cost, also in the world of U-47 clones. To make it available to many more users, we have decided to sell the GA-47 at a very competitive  price.

Bo Medin, December 2017


GA-47 build info

Mic body and grille
The mic body is made of brass, the grille is made of iron.

The grille, which is a critical component affecting the sound character, is similar to the one in the U47. 

Capsule 
The capsule for the GA-47 is designed to provide the requirements of modern day recordings by mixing the character between a vintage K47 capsule and the one from a K67-style capsule with a wide frequency response and high sensitivity. The result is a truly great sound.

Being a dual-sided one, it provides the GA-47 with both cardioid and omni polar patterns.

In order to get a good consistency between units, for each production run of 50 pcs GA-47 units, approximately 200 capsules is evaluated in order to find 50 capsules with specifications that lie within the tight tolerances.


Specifications:
Backplate material: brass
Capsule diameter: 35mm
Membrane diameter: 27mm
Membrane material:6 micron gold-coated mylar.
The capsule is mounted on a 7 mm thick aluminium plate in a special way to minimize the effect from physical vibrations.
The sensitivity of the front and back side of the capsule do not differ more than 0,3 dB. The sensitivity between different capsules do not differ more than 0,5 dB.
The tight manufacturing tolerance will lead to a very good consistency between different GA-47 units.
The capsule is specially designed to complement the electronic circuit of the GA-47 to achieve a frequency response curve with a nice balance between the high, middle and low frequencies.

Tube
The GA-47 uses a NOS Telefunken 800 series super low noise pentode tube connected in triode mode in order to decrease distorsion and noise. This tube is modern glass derivative of the VF14M used in the vintage U-47.

Output transformer
The GA-47 transformer is especially designed with a 6.5:1 dual bobbin transformer by a reputed transformer factory. It is a replica of the BV8 transformer used in the vintage U47. It uses a high quality core material.

Capacitors and resistors
The coupling capacitor is made in United Kingdom, the brand is Ciarit, the same type used in the famous and very expensive B&W Nautilus loudspeaker. It is an axial capacitor made from MKP material with copper pins.It has a delicate, full sound and a wide frequency response.

Other used capacitors are MIAL polystyrene film capacitors with very low loss. The resistors are ALLEN BRADLEY carbon film resistors made in the USA with vintage and warm sound.

Mic interior and cabling
The electronic circuit is mainly built with point-to point wiring and the ground connections are tied together using an insulated soldering.
Teflon insulated, silver-plated copper wire is used for the internal connections.

Power supply transformer and electrolytic capacitors
The vintage style power supply PSU uses a high power R-style transformer with a low noise level and a minimal stray field. The electrolytic capacitors are of a high quality audio style type.

A simple but effective circuit uses dual-stage filtering for the filament voltage. The high voltage is precisely filtered and stabilized using an ON semiconductor zener diode.

Mic cable
The cable is specially produced using 99,99% pure oxygen-free copper, teflon insulation, tin foil and 98% kitmesh, ie with a very high braided density of the cable shield. It has a very open and smooth sound.
The connectors are gold plated.

Mic and psu circuit in relation to the original mics
The circuit used in the GA-47 is similar to the U-47 but the component values has been adjusted to fit the EF800 tube.

In order to achieve the best sound quality, no coupling capacitor is used between the capsule and the tube, just like in the classic U-47 microphone. Even the highest quality capacitor will affect the sound.

The small price to pay is that it´s then not possible to achieve a Figure-8 polar pattern. For users who would prefer to accept that sound quality degradation, the GA-47 can be modified to have a Cardioid and Figure-8 pattern.

The polar pattern switch is located on the power supply allowing for easy sound comparisons.

The circuit used for the power supply is also similar except for adding a zener diode to assure the voltage and current stable.
The connectors are gold plated. All three connectors are placed on one side to facilitate handling and placement.

Specifications
Frequency Response: 20Hz〜20KHz
Polar pattern; Cardioid and Omni
Sensitivity: 12mV/Pa
Rated Impedance: 200 ohms
Equivalent Noise Level: 10dB
Max S.P.L: 140dB

The GA-47 is delivered in a tweed-style flight case with power supply, cable, shock mount and a box made of solid wood for the microphone

Tom, our guy in France, recently used a pair of GA-47´s when recording a drum kit and more. Find his comments below.

"After we put the pair of GA-47s in a Blumlein arrangement in front of the drum kit and recorded 16 bars I played the drums with only the GA-47s to the producer and it was so great sounding he thought it was the complete drum bus! Having the mics set to cardioid helped us achieve a great balanced drum sound with minimal bleed from the other instruments in the room. The GA-47 made the drums sound fat and real without a hint of harshness, a truly beautiful sound.

For the vocal session we made a shoot-out with other great mics, and again the GA-47 made the cut. The female vocalist was sitting in the mix perfectly and with a touch of passive EQ at 10kHz it was an instant classic sound, we couldn't be happier!"

Tom Van Den Heuvel - La Forge Studio

PS
This is not an exaggerated quote as it truly is what happened and I just look forward to using them more soon!
DS"

sales@goldenagepremier.com

Customers inside of Europe:

You can place an order in SEK here

European customers with a valid VAT number and customers outside of the EU will not have to pay Swedish VAT, we will deduct it from your order. 
Orders can also be made in Euro´s if you would prefer that, we will then send you a pro forma invoice with our Swedish bank account info.

Customers outside of Europe:
Please contact us!


Incredible Testimony

Statement by George Murphy, head engineer at Eastcote Studios in London, about the new GA-47.

“My previous experiences with U47’s have of course always been amazingly positive. It’s one of my favourite microphones, whenever I work in any studio that has them, I’ll always have as many of them as they have out on the floor, ready to go.

They’re such a universal mic, it’s tough to record anything badly with one. I was very excited to be given this microphone to try out from Golden Age, and I’ve incorporated it into every session I’ve done since I’ve had it. 

The first time I got it out, I was working with a female vocalist I’d never worked with before. Usually there’s routine for a new singer – we’ll put up a few different mics and have a little shoot out and see what sounds best. The first one we tried was the Golden Age 47 and that was the end of the test. Everybody in the room was happy; it sounded incredible. We got the singer in, had her have a listen back to it and you know, we couldn’t ask for anything more from the sound, straight away that was a good sign.

Since I’ve had the GA-47 in the studio it’s been on every session. I’ve tried it on so many different things just to stretch it and see what it’s good at. I haven’t found a source that it’s bad at so far, and it’s been pretty varied - as a drum overhead it shines, the top end on it is perfect for that, it’s not too hyped so it doesn’t make anything sound harsh but the transient response is gorgeous. Guitar amps have been beautiful and clear through it, and vocals have sounded incredible. It’s an all-rounder certainly.

The thing I like the most about the sound of this 47 is it’s real to me, it sounds real. It’s a little bit flattering but not in a way that removes you from the source at all, it just sounds like a beautifully clear picture of everything you want to hear. I’ve tried a few other emulations and modern tube mics and they tend to have this kind of hyped top-end or overly reinforced low-end to try and make something sound more widescreen, but if you’re recording a good source you want the mic just to do it justice and not to mess with it too much then the GA-47 does that fantastically.”