Cheltenham, UK (December 6, 2005)–Anyone with a passion for vintage microphones should hurry over to eBay, where the auction of a large collection of STC microphones is about to close. The microphones are the remains of a collection belonging to the seller’s late father, who worked as a sound engineer at the Royal Albert Hall beginning in the late 1950s.
According to the notes provided by the seller, a former professional violinist, “My late father’s first ‘real’ job was as an inspector of electronic components for Standard Telephones & Cables (STC), based at their site in Woolwich, London.” After the manufacturer moved out of London, his father took a position in the company’s public address division in Fulham, London. “Most of his working life from that point on (circa 1958) saw him as the ‘event’ sound engineer in the Royal Albert Hall, London.”
He continued, “The sound box was also adjacent to the BBC sound box, and my father would give the BBC sound feeds as and when required.” According to the notes, his father covered a variety of events, including concerts by Frank Sinatra and Barry Manilow, the James Last Orchestra, and the Last Night of the Proms, as well as boxing and tennis events. “His other public address work took him to such places as Buckingham Palace garden parties, Trafalgar Square, [the] Brands Hatch racing circuit, and many other venues.”
Microphones on offer include several boxed mint condition examples of models such as the STC 4033a, the STC 4021, famously known as the “apple and biscuit” and a model much used by the BBC, the STC 4115 commentator’s microphone, and the STC 4038, a model reportedly still widely used in BBC studios today. There is also a vintage AKG D 12 in the collection, as well as four architectural drawings of the Royal Albert Hall.
Vintage STC Microphone Collection