Hello and welcome to The House of Chrome. You are looking at a rare and unique older Turner 101B ribbon / dynamic microphone with an all metal satin chrome body and period matching stand. This is basically The Holy Grail of Turner mics and was their top of the line studio mic in the 1940's. It has a very modern, industrial look to it and it's quite massive in size and weight. Certainly one of the most outrageous designs in American microphone history.Similar to The Shure 55 "Fatboy" but different in many ways. The Turner 101 series was a very advanced and expensive microphone utilizing both a ribbon and dynamic element giving the mic a true cardioid pattern. Far more expensive than the typical dynamic mic of that time. Turner eventually replaced the 101 series mic in the late 1940's with the 77 Turner series mic which was just as large and spectacular. The Turner 77 also utilized the dual ribbon / dynamic element arrangement but the design of the Turner 77 was far more elegant than the Turner 101 series mics. Both the 101 and 77 had a uni-directional pattern blocking out most background noise. It should be noted that this mic still has it's original ribbon and dynamic element. The internal components are 100% complete and look excellent but the mic is not currently working. I suspect it's a wiring issue or something simple but I have very little experience with these mics and would suggest having it sent to ENAK based out of New Jersey.
Those guys could trouble shoot and fix this mic for a reasonable price. It's very rare that both the ribbon and dynamic element would both stop working so I have to assume it's another issue altogether. The Turner 101B had a Hi Z setting so I'm not sure exactly how the switch in the rear of the mic worked? It adjusted the ribbon and dynamic to some degree but exactly how I do not know?
Again, I'm limited in my knowledge of this model mic as I have only had a few of these in the past and don't know the characteristics well. The 101C and 101C were the most expensive models with the rear switch. Again, this is a non-working microphone. I just never find these.
Quite rare and a very desirable microphone. This mic isn't physically perfect but it's pretty darn close with a minimum of wear. I would give a this mic a very conservative 8 on a scale of 1 - 10. Just a few small spots of pitting. The body is free of dents, fractures or engravings and it's 100% complete.
The mesh grills are dark and free of holes. The front and rear grill has a subtle bend and don't line up perfectly as you can see a small gap between the two on either side. It's actually a common problem as I have seen a few like this for sale. The mic was never dropped however. The joint mechanism works perfectly with lots of tension allowing you just the right angle needed.The Turner badge looks pretty good too and legible. This Turner 101C has the older 3 pin screw on attachment making it easy to find a cable to operate the mic as the Turner 101 series used the same style cable as the Shure 55 and 55S model mics.
This mic will screw onto any stand you may have though one is provided. MICROPHONE STAND SHOWN IS PART OF THIS SALE.. The stand is a rare cast iron Dow-Key Company TS-1 model that is even rarer than the mic itself. It's a 1940's / 50's era design made of thick, flat cast iron base that suits the mic well and makes an excellent platform providing good stability due to it's heavy weight. It has a chrome 6 inch riser with a chrome accent piece.The stand has a black painted surface that looks great. The stand is about 2 pounds in weight and shows very lite wear.
Zero corrosion and still has the 3 original rubber pads on the bottom. Please let the pictures be your guide. The mic and stand together is roughly 8 pounds. Total height and width is 12 1/2 inches tall X 5 1/2 inches wide. This is a very impressive combination that will surely draw attention anywhere it sits in the house, office or studio.You'll be very hard pressed to find one nicer and it's worth every penny I assure you. Wouldn't cost too much to get this operational again as well. Again, ENAK out of New Jersey can do the job right. And as with all my items.. I can promise you will be happy with it for the price paid. Simply return in the same nice condition... INTERNATIONAL BUYERS are welcome as well. If you have any questions feel free to ask and... The item "Vintage RARE 1940's Turner 101B ribbon / dynamic microphone w stand RCA Shure" is in sale since Tuesday, July 13, 2021. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pro Audio Equipment\Vintage Pro Audio Equipment". The seller is "speedstarerik" and is located in Park Rapids, Minnesota. This item can be shipped worldwide.