--------------------------the superscope ec-12b
When I first saw the Sony version in the early 70s, I thought it was the coolest mic I had ever seen, and wanted one badly. So the first chance I had some disposable income (this would be the summer of 1978), I bought the cheaper model (the Superscope EC-12B) at Pacific Stereo for about $40 (the Sonys went for around $150 back then). It came with a black wind screen, a stand adapter, and a tie clip - all of which I've lost through the years. I've used it in many interviews at every radio job I've had, and it's always an attention getter.
It's a delicate mic, and needs to be handled with care. Its compact design leads to shorts and wire breakage, particularly at its most southerly connection (although the last time I had an engineer fix it, he said the break was actually inside the telescopic wand - the perils of using a 30-year-old microphone, I guess). In addition, it goes through batteries like water, and I always have some extras on hand (the battery, by the way, goes in near the top of the mic). Personally, I like to use it at its shorter lengths, I think it looks kinda gangly when fully extended.
But it's still the coolest mic I own, I've never for a second regretted buying it.
And, to answer the inevitable question - no, it's NOT for sale.
UPDATE: Since this page was first put up, the original mic I wrote about was stolen. But no worries, because through ebay I have acquired several other EC-12Bs with all the accessories. One of them is pictured below.
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