The Auction at Graceland•January 8, 2020
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Elvis used a variety of microphones throughout his career and he favored the Electro-Voice Model RE-10 Variable-D dynamic supercardioid microphone in the 1970s during his live stage performances. The Electro-Voice Model RE-10 was designed for professional applications that required sound direction control. It was the Variable-D that created the means for obtaining that directionality. The combination of components in this brand provided for the best possible sound and rejection of unwanted noise, likely why this was the preferred choice of many entertainers during that period. 

Electro-Voice was begun as Radio Engineers in the South Bend, Indiana basement of Century Tire & Rubber by Al Kahn and Lou Burroughs in 1927. Over the years and through the Great Depression and World War II, Kahn and Burroughs focused on development of their product. In 1953, they introduced the Variable-D technology which reduced proximity effect. During the space race in the ’50s and ’60s, their microphone technology serviced Mercury and Gemini missions through the Skylab space station. In the ’60s, their microphones became standard use for political events and press conferences. In 1966 they built a new anechoic chamber in their Buchanan facility where this offered example microphone was manufactured. Electro-Voice continues to serve the industry with microphones and electronics today. 

Offered is an Electro-Voice Variable-D dynamic supercardioid microphone that was used by Elvis and eventually gifted to Charlie Hodge. The microphone comes with a certificate from Jimmy Velvet that states, “This is a Variable-D, dynamic supercardioid microphone with serial number 8532 and 18 ft. cord. It was produced between 1968-1978. Elvis used this mic on stage often and liked the depth of sound it captured for both vocals and harmonica. Elvis gave this mic to Charlie Hodge. Charlie did a host of things for Elvis such as: played piano, sang harmony with Elvis, had an amazing sense of humor and stage presence. Elvis met Charlie while in the Army and hired Charlie to work for him when he got out of the service. Charlie is best known by the fans as the man on stage who gave Elvis the scarves that were given to fans.” The microphone also comes with eight modern color print copies of images depicting Elvis using a similar if not same model microphone and an accompanying cord. This microphone that amplified the velvety voice of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll measures 7 inches (17.78 cm) in length and is accompanied by a letter of authenticity from Graceland Authenticated.

The microphone is in very good, well-used condition with minor surface abrasions typical from use.
Elvis Presley Owned and Possibly Stage Used Microphone Gifted to Charlie Hodge
Current Bidding (Reserve Has Been Met)
Minimum Bid: $4,000.00
Final prices include buyers premium.: $8,750.00
Estimate: $8,000 - $10,000
Number Bids: 11
Auction closed on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
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