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Discussion in 'Recording Gear and Equipment [BG]' started by keyboardguy, Nov 25, 2018.
In my experience with 58s yes.
I was gonna say they are pretty much bulletproof, but...
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.
I have a couple of each that have been used regularly since before my son was born, and he is in college.
Sometimes, I love the Internet.
I’ve been using the same SM58 since 1987. It is the oldest item in my gig bag by a good 20 years.
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).
My girlfriend gets tired when we're watching TV and some big concert is showing I scream "See, an SM58 !! $99 dollars!"
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.
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.
I don't use anything else. That's all.
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
^^^ 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.
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.