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Trashed Treasure (Shure SM-59 mic)

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OrthodoxBlues
Jan 22, 2009 6:45 AM GMT
A few months ago, the local guitar shop had a cardboard box of mics, $20 each including a cord. I looked through, recalled some of the models, and then did a cursory look on the internet to see if any were good for harp. I decided to get an old, lightly battered Shure SM-59 because I read somewhere that someone used it for harp (I don't recall the website). I've just put together the stuff I need to use the mic for harp, so I can't give you much of a report on how it sounds yet.

I wanted to learn a little more about the mic, so I spent a little longer on the internet tonight. I stumbled upon a Bay Area Craigslist ad for a pristine one for $250! Thinking that perhaps that person might be reaching with that, I found a complete eBay Malaysia listing in which one (again pristine) sold for more than the equivalent of $300 US! Apparently, they are rare. Mine is far from pristine, but I'm glad that I bought this bugger.

Of course, I'll probably never sell it, so the real issue is how good it sounds. I'll try to post again about that.


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Jan 23, 2009 2:38 AM GMT
sgsax Replied:

SM59? Can't say I've heard of that model.


Jan 23, 2009 4:34 AM GMT
OrthodoxBlues Replied:

There are pictures and specs here:

http://www.coutant.org/shursm59/index.html

I don't know how many were made, or even exactly what years they were made, but they must be pretty rare as there are few webpages about them, and as of the other night, only one for sale on the internet (as far as I could tell).

I actually like the sound of this mic a lot. It has a clean, mostly undistorted sound, but to my ears, it is a touch warmer than the SM-58. Warm might not be the exact word, but it is close. I know that I liked the sound of both, but I preferred the 59 at least a bit.



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