STC "Bomb" Condenser Microphone

Made:
1931-1935
maker:
Standard Telephones and Cables PLC

'The Bomb' condenser microphone manufactured by Standard Telephone & Cables Ltd, 1931-1935. Unusually-shaped early condenser microphone. The tear-drop shaped aluminum case hides the amplifying valve and electronics as well as the capsule.

This type of microphone was often used by the Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII) when he broadcast. It appears in many photos of the Baird/BBC 30-line studios at Broadcasting House and 16 Portland Place.

Details

Category:
Television
Object Number:
2012-5118/397
Materials:
aluminium alloy, electronic components and steel (metal)
type:
microphone
credit:
The BBC Collection