Turner Model 33d Microphone

I saw this Turner Model 33d at a sale that Aspen Pittman from Groove Tubes was having and bought it for the exact reason that you’d expect for a piece of audio gear… It looks AWESOME!  How could you NOT buy a microphone that kinda looks like the helmet that the Rocketeer wears.

Turner Model 33d

Once I got home and started doing a little research things got interesting.  The Turner Company actually started out making embalming equipment for mortuaries in the 1920’s.  The owner’s son realized that funeral homes needed a way for the minister to be heard during funerals and thus the Turner Microphone Company was born.  The microphones were made in the same small factory right next to the embalming equipment which although a little creepy, is also radical.

This mic has gotten a lot of use in my studio.  Just a couple of weeks ago I pulled it out for a vocal session with Tyson Ritter from All-American Rejects.  We used it for a lo-fi/filtered tone on the verses and everyone in the room commented on how cool she sounded.  I use it on almost every drum session as a lo-fi mono overhead.  It also makes a really interesting guitar mic if you’re looking for some character.

This is one of those semi-inexpensive microphones that I recommend that every engineer own.  Be careful though… Turner made quite a few cheapy crystal microphones as well.  The Turner Model 33d is a dynamic mic and is much more reliable.