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R198 Cartridge for 520DX

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Iggy K
Mar 10, 2010 5:36 AM GMT

Any reviews or sugestions ? I have only find this video...

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Mar 13, 2010 8:35 AM GMT
Iggy K Replied:

I would like to know what is the diference between standard 520 dx cartridge and R198 ?

Mar 15, 2010 3:09 AM GMT
Joe L Replied:

A lot of people think those 520DX's are crappy mic's. Personally, I don't think they are so bad and people sell them off all the time at dirt cheap prices. I've got way nicer mics, but when you consider how expensive a good CM or CR is these days, these aren't a bad way to go. I won't even mention the cost and fragility of a good crystal or ceramic element. I certainly wouldn't be crying, if it was lost, stolen or dropped.

Recently, I connected a 520DX to a Lone Wolf Harp Tone pedal and my Harpgear Double Trouble. This was the result. I wasn't unhappy with it.

Mar 16, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
Joe L Replied:

Hah! They really aren't that bad. I hope to snag some video with a Mini Meat later this week. I noticed a while ago that Thomas (aka Harpsucker) used that element in a 200S about a year or so ago in his Masco MA-17 video.

Lately, I've been using the 520DX quite a bit. I buy them used at steeply discounted prices from disenchanted harp players that decide to upgrade to a controlled magnetic or controlled reluctance microphone. When the cable goes bad (and it will), I will probably send the thing to Greg Heumann to put a screw on adaptor on it or I'll just buy another or I'll put the element in my JT30RH shell, which ever is cheaper.

With the Lone Wolf Tone pedal these things can sound pretty darn good and you can boost the amount of bass coming out of the microphone. Although, it does sound pretty sweet with the Mini Meat as is.

As I've said in my earlier message, there are better sounding mics, but this one was dirt cheap.

Mar 20, 2010 6:35 AM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Where can I buy a R198 element? I dropped my crystal too many times and can't seem to find someone that sells DX elements.

keep it in your mouth

Mar 20, 2010 5:54 PM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:


Call Shure Customer Service at1 (800) 516-2525 - you can order replacement parts, including this cartridge, direct from them.


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Apr 15, 2010 2:01 AM GMT
Tony W Replied:

Thanks for all the help guys. I did fix my mic with a Shure CM element made in Mexico. I bought it from Joe Flynn. It was brand new and I put it into a blues blaster shell. I played 4 hours last night with it and I can tell you the thing rocks! Very responsive and not too gritty. I by passed the volume pot as it was not working right and really didn't miss it a bit. I also put in a 1/4" female jack instead of the XlR. I now have a new found respect for mic builders.

keep it in your mouth

May 15, 2010 5:20 AM GMT
SUKM // R Replied:

If anyone's lookin to get the best Harmonica CM element,.hook up with Harpaholic before all his Mexican 99A86 are gone ,..

Don't let Made in Mexico scare ya away from a great sounding element,.they are as good or better (soundin') than many CM-CR's made in the U.S.A

May 15, 2010 7:20 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

I never let the made in mexico thing scare me. Same technology. However by the time they moved production there MOST of the elements that were made in Mexico were dual impedance elements like the 99S556 in the 520D. I find this element a little too hot/bright. I prefer the single impedance elements.


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