Vintage AKG D 109 Lavalier
AKG D 109 Omnidirectional
The D109 was designed in the mid 1960’s to meet the demands of high quality speech reproduction on television and in film. It was beautifully made, with a sleek nickel plated brass body, and ingeniously engineered so that it could be used in a number of different ways :
With the Lavalier collar removed it makes a very unobtrusive interview microphone. Even today there are few omni dynamic interview mics this small (less than 3 inches).
With the collar in place it can be used as a classic Lavalier hung around the presenter’s neck.
It also has a clip on the back of the collar for fixing to clothing.
By raising the collar above the microphone grill the high frequency response can be increased to compensate for the mic being positioned on the performer’s chest below the chin.
With the collar raised it can also be hidden under light-weight clothing.