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May 28, 2009 4:44 PM GMT


It has booklet`s photo.

His mic. is 545(?) or PE-10.

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May 28, 2009 8:03 PM GMT
joe k Replied:

I believe it's a 545s.

May 29, 2009 4:59 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

The 545 came in several flavors at various times in its life. It was the predecessor to today's SM57 so was a very popular mic. When there's an "S" at the end of the name it means it had a switch - which on older 545's was in a "pistol grip" and in later models is in the barrel.

The 545 was almost always offered as a dual impedance mic - but impedance issues always confuse people, so for a time they marketed the SAME MIC as a high impedance only model - the PE54. (There are some rare 545 models that were low-Z only, and maybe one that was high-Z only, i can't remember.)

The PE54 had a single impedance transformer internally, which I think makes it sound just a touch better than the 545 with its dual impedance transformer. In any case the older ones (and ANY PE54 is one of the older ones) seem to sound better than the new ones.

There is an excellent source of info on the Shure 545 / PE54 line at in case anyone is interested in further reading.

The RE-10 is a completely different animal - a stick mic made a while back by Electrovoice. It is a very good harp mic, though it is low impedance only so you have to deal with that.

May 31, 2009 12:28 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

They are about the same size, so it is possible the single impedance one has bigger wire in the secondary. I've never taken one apart - they're too valuable!

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