Bob Paquette’s Microphone Museum is a private collection started in 1950 and displayed since 1970. It is the result of a continuing research into the history and evolution of the microphone. The museum contains over 1000 microphones, the majority of which are pre 1950. Many items associated with the microphones and their use are also displayed. This includes many types of desk and floor stands, microphone enclosures, transformers, preamplifiers and test equipment. On file is a collection of specification sheets, patent copies, catalogs, advertising literature, technical periodicals, Three displays are set up to show the service and rebuilding process of early carbon and condenser microphones along with the special apparatus used. Since the Microphone evolved from the telephone, a variety of telephone transmitters are on display along with a few early telephones. To make the museum more interesting early wireless and radio are also included.
The museum is open free to the public:
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Robert Paquette Sr.'s informative book intended to provide a history of the development of the microphone from the first attempts to convert acoustic energy to electric energy.