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..So are the Shure SM58 and SM57 really that rugged and dependable ?

Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by keyboardguy, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
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  2. eJake


    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
    In my experience with 58s yes.
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  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I was gonna say they are pretty much bulletproof, but...
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  4. TerenceE

    TerenceE Supporting Member

    Dec 6, 2015
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  5. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    There's a reason these are industry standard. I had one with a dented grill from bring dropped from a serious height, but that's the only real damage I've ever seen on one, and it still worked just fine. I never shot mine with a .22 though.
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  6. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I have a couple of each that have been used regularly since before my son was born, and he is in college.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2018
  7. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Sometimes, I love the Internet.
  8. skwee


    Apr 2, 2010
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    fun(ny) stuff! :laugh:
  10. xroads64

    xroads64 Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2004
    San Antonio
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  11. Bunk McNulty

    Bunk McNulty It is not easy to do simple things correctly. Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2012
    Northampton, MA
    I’ve been using the same SM58 since 1987. It is the oldest item in my gig bag by a good 20 years.
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  12. Aloe


    Apr 10, 2016
    dynamic mics are generally more abuse-proof than condenser. they're passive and simple.
    I'd not say, this applies only to Shure, but I've seen some abused Shure mics as well (like rusted but working).

    and yes, myself I own a condenser that stopped working after just a couple of drops (and to some degree it was fixed by local tech).
  13. keyboardguy

    keyboardguy Supporting Member

    May 11, 2005
    My girlfriend gets tired when we're watching TV and some big concert is showing I scream "See, an SM58 !! $99 dollars!"
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  14. wesonbass


    Nov 26, 2012
    Graniteville SC
    :roflmao: I've been using the same sm57 since 1991. Never a problem.
    Gotta get one of those "mic dogs" to retrieve it when I misplace it! Yep, the Internet is amazing.
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  15. sevenyearsdown

    sevenyearsdown Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Sanborn, NY
  16. five7

    five7 Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2009
    58's are tough, have seen many 57's get the capsule knocked off. I was a sound tech for most of my life and have owned 100's of mics. Used many 58's for vocals and 57's for everything else. Dented 58's can be popped back out with a broom handle.
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  17. dan1952

    dan1952 Commercial User

    Jun 27, 2012
    Anderson IN
    Artist Endorsement with Supro Huntington Basses / Owner, Dan's Music, Inc..
    I don't use anything else. That's all.
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  18. packhowitzer

    packhowitzer 155mm of pure destruction

    Apr 20, 2011
    Not only are they dependable- they are also predictable. That makes them quick and easy to set up and typically get a good sound out of. the SM58 is kind of the P bass of the mic world IMO. there are other options, and maybe even better options, but the sound you hear in your head likely came from one of the standards. just my .02
  19. ezstep


    Nov 25, 2004
    north Louisiana
    ^^^ Agree completely.

    I know my p.a. I can set it up, set the eq, and get a reasonably good sound without once turning it on for a sound check. I know what they will do. What I don't know is how long they will do this. My oldest SM58 is early 1990's, and it is used around four times a month even today.

    Every microphone you look at in a music store will be compared to the SM58 or 57. And the sales guy will show you how the Brand X mic is "better." After hearing a hundred sales pitches, I went with the one they always compared it to.
  20. TheReceder


    Jul 12, 2010
    I've got a 58 I owned since 1976. Still works great, been dropped numerous times. Just bashed the grill back out to get it close to being round. I finally replaced the grill just because I'd opted to start to grow a new strain of bacteria in the pop suppressor foam.

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