Los Angeles, CA (April 25, 2016)—When producer, engineer and songwriter Jeff Gitelman’s prized Telefunken C12 was stolen he thought he’d never see it again, but the thief slipped up and now the microphone has been returned to him.
“When we found that our studio had been burglarized, even before filing a police report, I immediately called Telefunken,” Gitelman explains. “The thief took the mic, but left behind the power supply. I spoke with Ian Jones [marketing director at Telefunken] and he told me they were the only ones who had the proper power supply. He had my serial number and a few days later, someone called looking for the power supply. When he asked for the serial number, the caller hung up—but he got the caller ID.”
Gitelman continues, “I reported the caller ID to the LAPD and they tracked it to Long Beach and we got our microphone back. Without Telefunken’s help and the lead I gave the police, I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t have considered it doable.”
Gitelman’s production and writing credits include memorable work with J. Cole Brandy, Frank Ocean, Ledisi, Mac Miller, Karmin, Chance the Rapper, Outasight, Chris Brown, Jamie Cullum, Kanye West, Puff Daddy, Alicia Keys, Trey Songz, and The Stepkids.
“My C12 microphone has a big history,” says Gitelman. “I recorded three albums as an artist on it, as well as some of the albums that were very important in my life, and are considered by some to be cult classics. I’ve recorded incredible singers and musicians on this microphone, so it was great to have it back. It’s one of the most pristine microphones I’ve ever heard, and it doesn’t matter if it’s for a female or a male, it sounds good on everything I put it up to. It’s just very, very pristine and very warm.”