Telefunken launches the affordable TF11 FET, with a similar voicing to the legendary AKG C12

This large-diaphragm condenser offers a single cardioid pickup pattern.

Telefunken has launched the TF11 FET, a new condenser microphone designed after the legendary AKG C12, albeit at a more affordable price.

The TF11 FET offers a single cardioid pickup pattern, and features circuit elements shared with other Telefunken microphones. It has the same single membrane CK12-style capsule found in the TF51, and its FET amplifier is similar to the M60, but “coupled with a custom large format nickel-iron core transformer made in the UK by OEP/Carnhill,” the brand says.

Other components include Nichicon Fine Gold electrolytic capacitors, and an ultra-low-noise JFET amplifier.

In use, Telefunken touts the TF11 FET to be versatile and reliable from home to studio to stage. The large-diaphragm condenser can be applied onto acoustic instruments such as a nylon-string guitar, cello or upright bass, but – because of its high-SPL handling – also deployed on louder sources like drums.

Each microphone ships with a MC11 Microphone Case, an M703 Shock Mount, M782 Stand Mount and microphone Sleeve.

Take a listen to an in-depth demo of the TF11 FET below:

The price for the TF11 FET is set at $895 – a fraction of the price of a C12 (MSRP: $9,995) and much more affordable than the closely related TF51 ($1,895). Although, you would be missing on having multiple pickup patterns.

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