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Shure 515 SD

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Reed Triller
Jul 09, 2009 10:31 AM GMT

Anyone here ever try this model?


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Jul 09, 2009 5:20 PM GMT
Barbeque Bob M Replied:

I used to use the hi-z sometimes that had the cable hard wired into the mike and Paul Oscher also used one at one time. The one I had, I rewired it to take a screw on connector setup like the old JT30's and shure 585's.


Jul 09, 2009 5:53 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Great mic. Paul Butterfield used 545s. My fravorite mic these days is a 545 Ultimate which is a custom modification by Greg Heumann of Blows Me Away Productions. The Ultimate is so much easier to handle because it's lighter and shorter. The Shure 545 sounds good through a PA or an amp. Great harmonica mic. I think the SD has an on/off switch, which is a nice feature.


Jul 09, 2009 7:10 PM GMT
Kingley Replied:

You're right John. I use the Shure 545SD mics and they do have an on/off switch. Great tone from those mics. I prefer them over a bullet mic these days.


Jul 09, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
John P Replied:

i misread Ray's post. I don't know anything about the Shure 515. But I like the 545.


Jul 10, 2009 4:36 AM GMT
Reed Triller Replied:

I hear a lot about the Shure 55,57,etc but I was just wondering about this one because I happened to see an ad for someone selling 4 of the 515 SD`s along with a basic PA for $50


Jul 10, 2009 4:49 AM GMT
BlowsMeAwy Greg Replied:

Joe said "FYI, high impedance microphones is what you should be using for harmonica."

Joe, this really isn't true for all harp players - this is true for players playing into a guitar/harp amp. Many players prefer low impedance mics because they routinely hook up to wireless rigs, or straight into the PA.

Both low impedance and high impedance mics work fine for harp - there is no inherent difference or advantage in tone or feedback. However it is important that the impedance of the mic match the impedance of the amp. If the mic is low and the amp is high (as is the case, say, with an SM57 into a guitar/harp amp) or vice versa then an impedance matching transformer should be used.


Jul 10, 2009 11:36 PM GMT
John P Replied:

Nothing wrong with going direct into the board. i did it last night. These days, i use low Z mics. When I go into my amp, I use a rat tail transformer. I'm not a bullet mic guy. But, when I did use bullet mics (years ago), I would just plug the mic into the 1/4" input on the PA board. No big deal.


Aug 09, 2009 10:54 PM GMT
Kingobad Replied:

I have a 515sac and it is a sweet mic. I get great tone from high end to low end. It would always be a great back up if you pick up something nicer, but will completely work for you now.



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