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Sennheiser Hosts Auctions for Limited-Edition Mics

The Sennheiser ( MD 21 turns 50 this year.

Sennheiser Hosts Auctions for Limited-Edition Mics

May 14, 2004 4:44 PM

The Sennheiser ( MD 21 turns 50 this year. To celebrate Sennheiser is issuing a limited birthday edition of 100 in a light gray hammer tone design with the signature of Professor Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser.

The first three of these, serial Nos. 001 to 003, will come with a wooden case and a certificate signed by Professor Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser and will be auctioned online. Proceeds will go to England’s Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts to support its work on an international level in training young sound engineers and artists.

The online auction for the first of the three Sennheiser MD 21 birthday-edition microphones started May 8, 2004, 12:00 central European time (CET) until May 18, 12 CET. The second auction (serial No. 002) will be held from May 21, 12 CET until June 1, 12 CET. The third auction (serial No. 003) will be held from June 4, 12 CET until June 14, 12 CET. The auction is available at The minimum bid is euro150.

The original MD 21U offered sound quality with uniform frequency response and was used for both speech and music broadcasting. Featuring a rugged, all-metal body, it offered low sensitivity to handling noise and was insensitive to pop and wind noise.

Company founder Professor Dr.-Ing. Fritz Sennheiser’s design brief for the MD 21 was “a dynamic microphone that has an omnidirectional pickup pattern and a balanced frequency response, combined with absolute toughness, which will set it apart from all previous microphones.” Based on those specifications, Sennheiser’s development engineers created a microphone with acoustic properties that made it suited for both music and voice recording.

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