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TELEFUNKEN Announces Continuation Of Manufacturing, Distribution & Product Development Despite Pandemic

“We were able to adapt a creative work-from-home strategy for both our lab technicians and our administrative team.” – Alan Venitosh, TELEFUNKEN director of operations
Telefunken Microphones
TELEFUNKEN director of operations Alan Venitosh (left) and founder/CEO Toni Fishman at the company's facilities in Connecticut. (Photo by Nick Sonsini)

In the current time of the pandemic lockdown and social distancing, TELEFUNKEN announces that it has adapted and continues manufacturing and distributing as well as moving forward on a new condenser microphone designed for home recording and streaming applications.

“It’s full steam ahead — as safely as possible,” says founder and CEO Toni Fishman. “We’re keeping every production line open, sales fulfillment, and shipping. Most of our team is at home stuffing circuit boards and doing partial assembly, which then comes in for final assembly and QC in our headquarters. I’m really proud of our team for the additional efforts they are making to stay safe and keep production happening.”

Telefunken Elektroakustik is celebrating 20 years since it revived the brand and manufactured its first re-creation, the ELA M 251. Since then it has reverse engineered and recreated AKG, Neumann, and Telefunken microphones along with creating more affordable versions.

“Our team has been focusing on safety and cleanliness for our facility and our community,” explains Alan Venitosh, director of operations. “By doing so, we were able to adapt a creative work-from-home strategy for both our lab technicians and our administrative team. Our lab technicians were able to take home some equipment, such as soldering irons and tools, as well as supplies, components, resistors, and circuit boards. They have been doing non-critical bulk and batch assembly work in their personal spaces at home.”

Pictured in her home office is Bree Garneau, sales & operations manager. (Photo by David Garneau)

The latest news from TELEFUNKEN is a new, yet-to-be named condenser mic to be introduced soon, expected to be priced at under $1,000. “This is our first condenser mic of this type, and it will be a very versatile tool for the home studio,” Fishman says. “We’ve been focused on microphones for over 20 years, striving to build quality tools that collect good vibrations to share with the rest of the world. For the time being, we hope everyone can stay safe at home, playing and recording good music to share.”


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