Using materials like brass, copper, junked metal and found objects, the highly industrial looking range of studio condenser microphones from Ear Trumpet Labs look like a piece of art. The Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina Condenser Microphone has the look of Captain Nemo's control room and the smooth, detailed sound of the finest vocal mics.
She has a large diaphragm cardioid condenser capsule mounted in a moderate sized retro-industrial head basket made from plumbing flanges and stainless steel bolts, which is suspended in a pivoting bracket for maximum positioning flexibility. This means she can work as an upright, side-address lollipop style, or as an end-address, with a simple twist of the pivot. She strikes the perfect balance on stage with her distinctive but not dominating looks. A great-sounding mic for stage or studio; vocals, overheads, room, acoustic instruments or electric cabinets.
Ear Trumpet Labs are boutique American mic manufacturers whose unique selling point is a slightly bizarre desire to construct microphones using junk metal — for want of a better description! Philip Graham, the company's proprietor, describes himself as a 'bricoleur' — bricolage meaning the 'art of assemblage', or making artwork from found or re-purposed objects and materials. Apparently the French root of the word means to fiddle or tinker, which seems quite appropriate!
ETL mics look like they've been knocked together from the debris shaken out of a a plumber's toolbox or found on a bicycle-repair shop floor, but don't be fooled: despite some design hints at early broadcast mics, the Ear Trumpet Labs range isn't about old reproductions of anything specific — these are all original 'assemblages', although the preamp circuitry is derived from a classic transformerless Schoeps design....Sound On Sound
Ear Trumpet Labs Edwina TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
Hand made microphone with unique appearance.
Large (26mm) diaphragm condenser capsule mounted in a pivoting bracket, with a cardioid pickup pattern.
Capsule and electronics tuned for close live vocal use on the loudest of stages - excellent feedback rejection.
Side or end address, using pivot.
Internal shock dampers for minimal handling noise.
Integral silk and mesh pop filter, for effective control of plosives without loss of clarity.
Transformerless FET fully balanced electronics - very quiet and clean.
Highest quality hand-wired electronic components - film caps, precision resistors, hand tested and matched transistors, with component values tuned for the individual circuit.
Body fits standard microphone clips.
Dimensions: 8 3/4" x 4" x 1 3/4"; head is 3" in diameter.
Metal tool case with foam padding included, 11" x 6" x 3".