It was also a fairly affordable model among the RCA lineup as most all of their mics back then were quite expensive. This 88A comes with the period Electro Vice 419 desk stand shown. This 88A utilized a very unique moving element that looked similar to the ribbon mics of the day. There is a single straight wire embedded into a molded diaphragm. A strong magnet generates a small voltage of the same wave form as the sound acting on the diaphragm.
I have only seen this element in RCA microphones but they work very well. This particular example has been tested but has very low output with a grounding issue.
This really should only be used as a display or prop piece unless you plan on rebuilding this mic. This particular mic was made for paging and public address purposes. This Microphone does show typical signs of wear and about average for the RCA 88A models I have personally seen. The paint has scratches, scuffs and paint chips. The front screen isn't too bad with very subtle deformation.The inner silk screen looks decent. This mic has a short 1 foot cable that's soft, pliable and in decent overall shape with a male Cannon XLR end connector. The 88A comes with a lower adjustable joint mechanism and AD-1 adapter that allows you to attach the mic to any desk or floor stand.
The joint mechanism on the mic works perfectly but has the larger 1/2 NTP RCA threading so the AD-1 adapter will certainly come in handy. The lower joint mechanism allows you to tilt this mic backwards as needed. The thumb screw tightens just as it should.MICROPHONE STAND IS PART OF THIS SALE.. The stand is a period (1950's) Electro Voice 419 model that makes a very stable platform for this mic. It's a heavy magnesium model with a polished chrome finish that shows about as much wear as the mic itself. The finish has small pitting and scratches. The stand comes with an Atlas adapter and 4 inch polished chrome riser giving the mic a bit of height. It's a nic combination and allows the cable of the mic to run through the base and exit out the rear while being secured via cable clip on the stand. The stand has it's 4 original rubber pads. Total height with mic and stand is appx is 10 1/2 inches. As with all my vintage microphones.. I can promise you will be happy with it for the price paid. Simply return in the same nice condition... INTERNATIONAL BUYERS ARE WELCOME as well.
If you have any questions feel free to ask and... The item "Vintage 1950's RARE R. A 88A pressure dynamic microphone w period E.V stand" is in sale since Sunday, July 21, 2019. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pro Audio Equipment\Vintage Pro Audio Equipment". The seller is "speedstarerik" and is located in Park Rapids, Minnesota.
This item can be shipped worldwide.