The Auction at Graceland•Elvis Week•August 12, 2018
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Between February 2 and February 8, 1976, Elvis hosted his first official home recording session in the Jungle Room of Graceland. The jungle-style furniture was moved so that a make-shift RCA studio could be temporarily installed. The recording sessions met with several fits and starts, but in the end Felton Jarvis was able to capture enough material to provide RCA with the basis for a ten-track album, a single and an additional stand-alone single. A second attempt at a home recording session would be undertaken once again in the Jungle Room at the end of October that same year. This last in-home recording session resulted in only three tracks being recorded before a delivery of Harley-Davidson motorcycles foiled the remainder of the endeavor. It was during these sessions that Elvis used the offered Electro-Voice RE15 microphone. The electro-voice RE15 had a tight cardioid pattern that was created especially to the most exacting professional standards which allowed directional control and the greatest possible rejection of unwanted sounds, making this model ideal for an intimate recording venue like the Jungle Room. This microphone, used by Elvis during these sessions, is engraved with his name on the shaft and exhibits a large dent to the wire mesh head which Charlie Hodge explains in his accompanying letter on Charlie Hodge letterhead that reads in part: 

This Electrovoice RE15 microphone with Elvis’ name engraved on it was one of Elvis’ personal microphones that I kept for Elvis at Graceland. This particular microphone Elvis used during a recording session that was done in the den at Graceland. The microphone started to cut out and Elvis tired of it’s repeated problems and he threw the microphone across the den and it hit the rock water fall and it dented the screen on the microphone. Naturally that didn’t help it any. At the end of the session I collected the microphone and several other items and put them in my bedroom at Graceland. I’ve had the microphone since that time.

The master tracks and outtakes recorded at these only home recording sessions done in Graceland were later released by RCA Records and Legacy Recordings in August 2016 as the compilation album entitled Elvis: Way Down in the Jungle Room. A monumental artifact from a significant event, this microphone measures 6 1/2 inches long (16.51 cm) and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.



The microphone shows signs of heavy use, with scuffs and scratches. The "ELVIS" engraving has been slightly colored with some sort of pen. Excellent condition.
Elvis Presley Owned Microphone Used in the Jungle Room Sessions at Graceland - with Letter from Charlie Hodge
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Minimum Bid: $5,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $10,625.00
Estimate: $10,000 - $15,000
Number Bids: 8
Auction closed on Sunday, August 12, 2018.
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