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The small diaphragm ELA M 260 is arguably one of the industry's finest acoustic and classical recording tube microphones, offering plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity. While not a historically accurate reproduction of the original ELA M 260 like the Diamond Series microphones, TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik’s version of the ELA M 260 is still built with the same attention to detail and level of quality that would be expected from a TELEFUNKEN Elektroakustik microphone.

In use, the ELA M 260 has plenty of tone with excellent detail and clarity. It captures sources with a natural presence, making it a fantastic tool for recording acoustic instruments of all types. Violin, cello, upright bass, drum overheads, percussion, woodwinds, saxophones, strings, and especially acoustic guitar all shine through theELA M 260. Also, despite its size, it has also served well on vocal applications. Its unique tonal character is very well suited for a myriad of applications, both traditional and not.

The ELA M 260 system features a new circuit design based around a New Old Stock (NOS)EF732 / 5840W vacuum tube and a custom output transformer that is wound to exacting specification in the United States. The combination of these features yields a small diaphragm microphone that is unique while also bearing the qualities of the vintage microphones that it was based upon.

ELA M 260 tube microphone systems include an M 902 power supply,M 860 25’ dual-shielded TX-7 tube microphone cable with right angle female XLR connector,M 761 elastic shock mount, and hard shell zipper carrying case.

The ELA M 260 Cardioid Set system packages are supplied with one interchangeable TK60 cardioid capsule. Additional TK61 Omnidirectional and TK62 Hypercardioid capsules can be purchased and attached separately.


The Features

A brilliant combination of tube warmth and small-diaphragm precision 

Flattering tone and open top end complements most acoustic instruments 

Thread-on TK6x Series capsules provide Cardioid, Hypercardioid, and Omni polar patterns 

Vintage-inspired 5840W vacuum tube-based amplifier 

Designed and hand assembled in the USA 


Recommended Applications

Acoustic Guitar



Drum Overheads 

Telefunken ELA M 260 Tube Condenser Cardioid Microphone

This product has a 4-6 week lead time from the date of purchase per the manufacturer.
  • Telefunken ELA M 260 Tube Condenser Cardioid Microphone
  • Complete small diaphragm cardioid tube condenser set
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