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Intex (Aiwa) Type V4900 Ribbon Microphone
Here’s an Intex Type V4900 (Really a rebranded Aiwa VM-13), made in Japan in the early 1960’s. Back in the 50’s and 60’s RCA ribbon microphones were very popular and Japanese builders started copying different models. Aiwa was one of the biggest Japanese brands, copying the “pill” shaped microphone in a few different variations of ribbon microphones. This V4900 was well built, however is completely different (and smaller) than an RCA 77. The stock transformer was high impedance so I changed it to a Cinemag CM-9887 to give it the best performance possible. This microphone has a great low end response and smooth, warm ribbon sound overall. I’d recommend this one on drums (I think it’d get great results in a crotch position), guitar amps, acoustics, horns, as a room, and more. This one has been fully serviced and is ready for years of use! Grab a well made Japanese ribbon microphone from the 1960’s!
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