Bob Paquette of Milwaukee, WI has been collecting microphones for the last 60+ years, starting in the 1950s. During that time he has amassed probably the largest collection of vintage and antique microphones ever assembled with well over 2000 different makes and models. Beyond microphones he has volumes of microphone related material including specification sheets, patent copies, catalogs, advertising literature, technical papers and copies of articles that appeared in early books, magazines, and technical periodicals. All these microphones, well almost all are housed in his Microphone Museum.
Bob has also written an extensive book on microphones called “The History and Evolution of the Microphone” It’s packed full of great information, consisting of 840 pages that focuses mainly on microphones made in the USA. The book currently retails for $100 + shipping and is a great reference for microphone enthusiasts. Beyond actually collecting, finding good reference books on vintage and antique subjects is a fantastic way to become really educated on the subject.
Bob has a advertising poster on Turner microphones, which happen to be one of my favorite brand of mics that is totally retro. They were called Tuner Colortones Microphones and they were so ahead of their day. From what I understand these didn’t really go over that well. I need to contact Bob to find out more about the Colortone line of mics. Check out my article on the Turner Mics.