Reference Gold Tube Microphone

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Reference Gold Tube Microphone

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Multi-Pattern Tube Microphone

Capture sonic detail without tonal exaggeration
When fidelity is the goal, the Manley Reference Gold Mic is the solution. Its nimble CK12-style American-made capsule, open grille, and continually adjustable pickup pattern design allow it to hear deep into a room, capturing nuances and subtleties that other microphones miss.

The Reference Gold microphone is Manley's flagship microphone, first produced in 1990. Its very distinctive housing with impressive 24 karat gold-plated finish on a solid brass body confirms its quality and performance. It utilizes a custom-designed 1" diaphragm capsule, handmade in America by David Josephson and based upon a classic CK-12 capsule. The 5 micron gold film exhibits inherently stable characteristics over years (unlike thinner diaphragms) while still maintaining the speed, "air", and ultra-high frequency response for which this microphone is famous. Its precise nature and highly detailed response make this microphone very popular for strings, piano, orchestral work, and vocals.

• Continuously variable polar patterns, ranging from omni through cardioid to figure of eight
• -10 dB Pad Switch
• 24 karat gold-plated finish on a solid brass body
• Dedicated multipin XLR cable provided to connect the PSU to Reference Gold mic
• Supplied with a separate power supply unit

CAPSULE TYPE: Dual Edge Terminated Large Diaphragm Capacitor (Condenser)
POLAR PATTERNS: Continuously Variable (omni through cardioid through Figure of 8)
DIAPHRAGM SIZE: 1 Inch; 1.25 Inch Overall
DIAPHRAGM THICKNESS: 5 Micron; Gold Sputtered
MAXIMUM INPUT SPL: 150 dB SPL at Capsule
AMPLIFIER TYPE: 2 Triode Gain Block Lo Z Output
ACTIVE COMPONENTS: (1) 12AX7 Dual Triode Vacuum Tube
OUTPUT TYPE : Transformer Coupled, Manley IRON® 7227
OUTPUT POLARITY: Balanced XLR, Pin 2 Hot, Pin 3 Low
22-22 kHz (1kOhm Load, 1kHz -40dBV Output)
AMPLIFIER NOISE: Typically - 101 dBV "A Weighted"
BODY: 24 Karat gold over machined brass


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Changed my Life!..My musical life 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful
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This is the best microphone I have ever used. Finally I can hear my real voice coming back at me. No need to compress or eq going in. Detail and accuracy. No more doing major surgery in my DAW. It just sounds right. It preserves much more detail and dimension even when processed to fit into a mix. It is fabulous on my Trombone. It is perhaps overkill if you are recording sources that are going to be highly processed in your DAW. This is for any acoustic source that needs to be captured with detail and finesse. Highly recommended.
Posted by Don on Jul 18, 2022
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A warranty can be a very important factor when making a buying decision. Because repairs can be very expensive in terms of parts and labour costs, manufacturers usually only provide one year limited warranties that generally only cover items that malfunction due to a manufacturer’s defect. With an important purchase such as a musical
instrument or piece of studio gear, however, many people want to have the peace of mind in knowing that their investment will be protected should the product no longer be performing at 100%.

Because of this, Long & McQuade provides our customers with a FREE one-year Performance Warranty on most of our products. The Long & McQuade Performance Warranty supplements the manufacturer’s warranty to ensure that our customers receive complete “no hassle” warranty coverage within their first year.

How does the Long & McQuade Performance Warranty differ from most manufacturers' warranties?
  • Performance Guarantee: Normal wear and tear is covered, so your product will be performing as well as the day you purchased it for the entire duration of the coverage. Band and Orchestral Performance Warranty does not include replacing pads or cleaning for woodwind instruments, unless deemed necessary by our repair staff. Ultrasonic cleaning for brass instruments will be provided if deemed necessary by our repair staff, but is not routinely offered under the Performance Warranty.
  • Product Replacement: If your product cannot be fixed or costs too much to fix, we will replace it with the equivalent model for no additional charge. If this is not possible, a full refund will be provided.
  • No Lemon Policy: Your product will be replaced should the same problem occur multiple times.
  • Convenient: Easy drop off and pick up of the product at any Long & McQuade location.
  • Guitar Setup: Guitars purchased at Long & McQuade come with 1 free setup, to be redeemed within 1 year for new guitars and 90 days for used guitars.
  • Loaners Available: A loaner product may be given while the product is being repaired.
  • Power Surge Protection: Your product is covered even if damaged from a power surge.
  • Accessory Coverage: Any peripheral devices or accessories that come with your product (i.e. foot pedal, case) are also covered.
  • Commercial Use Coverage: Music and recording professionals who purchase gear for “heavy-use” commercial purposes will still be covered.

Long & McQuade reserves the right to restrict the purchase of additional years of Performance Warranty. Used products come with a 3-month Long & McQuade Performance Warranty. Some products (i.e. computers, software, cymbals and other items) are covered only by the manufacturer‘s warranty. Consumables (i.e. strings, reeds, drum sticks, batteries, tubes, cross faders) are excluded as they are designed to be replaced. Cosmetic Damage, Accidental Damage, or problems caused by Humidity or Temperature Issues are not covered. Speakers damaged by overpowering are generally not covered. Our coverage does not provide compensation for loss of use. As of June 2018 the Performance Warranty is no longer transferable. The warranty is only valid in Canada.

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Some manufacturers provide warranties for longer than 1 year; however, these are usually limited warranties that do not provide the same coverage as the Long & McQuade Performance Warranty. Customers interested in more complete and convenient (but not necessarily longer) coverage are still able to purchase additional years of the Performance Warranty.

If you are interested in receiving this coverage for longer than one year, you have the option of purchasing additional years of the Performance Warranty. The pricing is as follows:

  • NEW products: 4% of the current new selling price to double the warranty from 1 year to 2 years. 4% for each additional year.
  • USED products: 4% of the current new selling price to increase the warranty from 3 months to 1 year. 4% for each additional year.
  • GUITARS: 4% of the current new selling price to double the warranty from 1 year to 2 years. 4% for each additional year. $45 maximum. An additional free setup is not included with additional purchased years of Performance Warranty.
  • BAND and ORCHESTRAL instruments: 4% of the current new selling price to double the warranty from 1 year to 2 years. 4% for each additional year.

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