The CMV-563, every man’s dream!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 | by

The pro audio business is largely titillation-free. You won’t see half-naked women hawking mics and compressors in Tape Op, just middle-aged audio nerds who spend too much time flipping knobs in recording studios. I saw no “booth babes” at NAMM — just a lot of tired engineers and marketing guys who looked like they’d rather be flipping knobs in a recording studio.

But then there’s this: a marketing flyer from 1966 promoting the Neumann/Gefell CMV-563, being gripped/fondled by a disembodied female hand.

Go ahead and stare. 🙂

Is this inadvertently suggestive, or deliberately erotic? Cast your vote in the comments area!

CMV-563This microphone is much more commonly seen with one of Gefell’s famous bayonet-mount lollipop-style capsules, e.g. the M7. But that would have wrecked the illustration, assuming of course the photographer also had his mind in the gutter.

Damn, I don’t know what it is, but I really want one of these microphones now.

Posted in Microphones | 6 Comments »

6 Responses to “The CMV-563, every man’s dream!”

  1. Tom N

    February 25th, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    I honestly don’t see that as a woman’s hand. I had several friends (male and female) stop by today and we all agreed, after comparing our hands, that this is a dude.

    What seems to be throwing it off is the fact that the guy in the picture either needed to cut his finger nails or had a serious coke habit…

  2. Charlie Vela

    February 26th, 2009 at 6:33 am

    I remember a recent Neumann ad featuring Jewel that was more than a little provocative.

  3. det

    February 27th, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    i agree with #1, those hands don’t look that femenine to me

    either way, he/she surely knows how to handle a “microphone”

    (also, notice that it’s an illustration, not a photograph)

    regards from buenos aires!

  4. Aaron

    March 7th, 2009 at 1:13 pm

    Yeah? Well, my mic cable is way girthier than yours…

  5. Ian

    May 22nd, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Look at the manicured nails… lady all the way. I agree it’s not the most feminine looking hand, but those German gals aren’t usually dainty.

  6. Dave

    August 29th, 2011 at 5:34 pm

    Agreed. I don’t see anything feminine about that hand. Perhaps the hand model was a member of the Bulgarian Women’s Rowing Team….

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