TONSIL

country: Polska
year: 1945

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TONSIL

Zakłady Wytwórcze Głośników we Wrześni

The history of Tonsil starts in 1945 in The Speaker Factory in Września, founded by the Posnian division of the Polish Radio. In 1946, the company changed name into The National Speaker Factory and in 1950 into The Speaker Manufactories. Since 1961, Tonsil belonged to United Electronics Industries UNITRA. In 2004, the company declared bankruptcy. Since then, there were some attempts to reactivate the brand.

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  • TONSIL MD 249

    TONSIL MD 249

    years 80's

    nr: none

    A Polish stereophonic microphone. Contains the same transmitters as MDU-24. An intensely red plastic microphone on a simple plastic support. Sold for 3,500 PLN in its heyday. Commended by Unitra fans for good recording quality and low sensitivity to external conditions. Easily fits a standard microphone holder.

  • TONSIL MDO 12

    TONSIL MDO 12

    years 70's

    nr: none

    A small design for amateur use. Adapted for cassette recorders, the microphone body has a switch for operating the cassette recorder (the WZ version). All of this mounted on a plastic leg and packaged in a box with a transparent lid, typical of the period. Two DIN connectors: 3- and 5-pin plugs.

  • TONSIL MDO 14

    TONSIL MDO 14

    years 70's

    nr: none

    One of the better-designed Tonsil microphones for home use. Resting on a wire support, packaged in a standard box with a transparent lid. The cable ends in a 3-pin DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDO IX

    TONSIL MDO IX

    years 70's

    nr: none

    Presumably the most popular Tonsil microphone in Poland. A simple light plastic structure on a wire support. Used in popular reel-to-reel tape recorders. Every other household had one.  Enclosed in a standard box with a transparent top. A 3-pin DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDU 22

    TONSIL MDU 22

    years 70's

    nr: none

    A plastic dynamic microphone for cassette recorders. Mounted on a wire support. A clone of the German Telefunken TD 12. Small and light. A short cable ends in a 3-pin DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDU 24

    TONSIL MDU 24

    years 80's

    nr: none

    A stereophonic Unitra Tonsil microphone manufactured on a licence by MB Electronic. A clone of Grundig GDSM 331. Mounted on a plastic tripod. Connected by means of a 5-pin DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDU 26

    TONSIL MDU 26

    years 70's

    nr: none

    A Tonsil microphone targeting more demanding users, the so-called "mid range". Designed mainly for the stage. Much bigger than other models, more reliable, with a strong, good quality output. Mounted on a plastic tripod, packaged in a flexible plastic sponge-padded box. Features a 3-pin DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDU 27

    TONSIL MDU 27

    years 70's

    nr: none

    A plastic microphone on a wire support. To be used with a tape recorder. Another instance of our domestic technology of the 1970s. The cable ends in a 3-pin DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDU 37

    TONSIL MDU 37

    years 90's

    nr: none

    A plastic microphone for cassette recorders. Made as late as the 1990s. It’s a different type of plastic, but the design is still far from eye-catching. The body features a switch. Packaged in a simple cardboard box. The cable ends in a DIN plug.

  • TONSIL MDU VII 686

    TONSIL MDU VII 686

    years 60's

    nr: 24502

    This square-shaped microphone by Tonsil proudly displays a ‘Made in Poland’ logo at the front. A heavy microphone, quite angular design, supported on an extended wire leg. A very thick, stiff cable ends in a 1/4” jack plug.

  • TONSIL MK II

    TONSIL MK II

    years 60's

    nr: none

    One of the earliest microphones made by this Polish company. A two-colour, black & white body of an exceptionally simple shape. No support or stand hole. Very narrow frequency response. Definitely for amateur and experimental purposes. A shockingly thick, inflexible cable must have been a nightmare to use. A single-pin legacy plug.

  • TONSIL MK II Grey

    TONSIL MK II Grey

    years 60's

    nr: none

    Another version of MK II, a simple microphone for Tonsil portable tape recorders. This time in a grey & grey colour range :) Equally sparse in terms of accessories. A thick, incredibly stiff cable ends in a 3-pin DIN plug.

  • UNITRA MDU 25

    UNITRA MDU 25

    years 70's

    nr: none

    A dynamic stereo cardioid microphone made of plastic with characteristic openwork capsule covers. Set on a tripod allowing for changing the position of both microphones. Cable with a 5-pin DIN connector. An inexpensive but very rarely-encountered design. National rarity. Our set includes the original box, user instructions, receipt and the warranty card.

  • Z.W.G. MK I

    Z.W.G. MK I

    years 50's

    nr: 01531

    The crystal microphone, manufactured in 1955-1959 in Poland by Zakłady Wytwórcze Głośników in Września (later Tonsil). Bakelite construction, equipped with on/off switch in the upper part of the body. We thank mr Zasław Adamaszek for his help in the identification process.

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