Lomo 19A19 Overview
A couple of months ago I have got some very interesting pieces of gear - hard to get, but very well known by enthusiasts, vintage Russian state-of-the-art large diaphragm condenser tube microphones Lomo 19A19. Their production was stopped around 1990, so all the remaining working units have quickly gained the status of collectibles.
I have heart pretty much excited opinions on their performance, but still I was surprised when I first tested them. As always, it is not worth to try to describe sonic character in words, but what I can say is that they sound really unconventional by modern standards - flat response with earlier roll-off, very contrasting to modern condenser sound with bumps in hi-mids, therefor darker and deeper feeling, rather then bright and upfront. factually, they compliment to ribbons much more then to modern condensers... Quiet unexpected and mesmerizing feeling for a condenser...
Well, again, no use to tell, those who know - know, those who don't - words mean nothing, one listen means everything...
OK, back to the point. I was lucky to get five pieces of these great mics, but everything turned out such way, that I am using just one unit regularly and other four pieces lay on shelves to be taken out very seldom, mostly for some conceptual work. It is a shame when such gear is not being used, so I have decided to part with them in order to reinvest the funds into my R&D work, which is rolling pretty well.
Unit condition and background
The units are in near perfect visual and technical condition. 100% genuine, their history is known from the moment they were brand new in factory boxes. These microphones were purchased by the Riga Movie Studios, which was the 3rd major movie production studios in Soviet Union that time, right after Moscow and Leningrad (St. Petersburg nowadays), when the father of my friend was the chief of a sound crew there. When the studio was closed down in 1991, they both have bought out a huge amount of equipment including these mics. Recently they were selling out some vintage gear to reinvest in some modern stuff they needed for their studio, so I used the chance. That's how I got them.
Each piece is offered for 1450 EUR. Shipping only via EMS for reliability. Fee to be calculated by request, but it should be reasonable. Usually around 40 - 70 EUR for such weight depending on Your location. Each purchase includes: Lomo 19A19 microphone, power supply unit, original microphone cable, output cable with male XLR plug (so, ready for right away use, no modifications needed), power cable. Rated for 220V. If You have 110V - 120V power, You will need an adapter (usually very easy to buy in electronics stores).
Sorry, fellows, SOLD OUT!
One of actual units displayed, no stock photography. All other units are in virtually same technical and visual condition. Drop me an e-mail if You would like to receive high resolution images.