Help: Cheap >$50 Recording Mic, please help.

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  1. SethStratMan

    SethStratMan Senior Stratmaster

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    Hello! Looking for a reasonably priced high quality recording microphone.

    Looking for one that can handle a good variety of instruments (piano, guitar, etc) easy to use, gets great recording quality, and is reasonably priced.

    I'm not set in concrete at $50 but that would be nice.

    I tried looking myself but frankly Im lost at the vast array and trying to wade through it is a nightmare. If someone could point me in the right direction (or has one for sale them selves) I would be grateful.

    Thanks!
     
  2. SethStratMan

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    A used SM57 / 58 is probably your best bet.
     
  4. SethStratMan

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    Looks pretty good, thanks. Can anybody echo this?
     
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    I agree - a used 57/58. Nothing else in that price range comes close in my opinion
     
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    Thanks ill keep an eye out and post in classifieds.
     
  7. BartS

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    You can get some cheap gls es 57 or 58 mics. They are about 30 dollars each and you can order them strait from the gls site or from amazon.

    They sound different than the sm 57 and 58 but a lot of people like them better myself included. It also saves you the trouble of accidently buying a fake sm57 and 58 when buying used which is pretty common.
     
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    I have heard of fake SM57s and 58s, but have not encountered any.

    You should be able to find an SM57 - used - for $45 or $50 or so.
     
  9. SethStratMan

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    Well honestly how could somebody fake a mic used for $50 and make money? Wouldn't be worth it IMO.

    That's what I'm shooting for. How popular they are I'm suprised nobody on here has offered me one yet...patience Seth...
     
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    They're so good, you'll never need to upgrade; therefore not many 2nd hand.

    By the way: >$50 means "more than $50", I'm sure you mean <$50

    Have patience Seth...
     
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    I have not seen any fake ones, but I think they fake new ones, and sell at $90 or so, as " new" .

    There are a couple things on the net about the fake ones, you might want to read up on it, just for some general info on the Shure mics.
     
  12. SethStratMan

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    That's what I've been reading. I'll need one now. :D

    Thanks..I'm trying. May have to start bumping my thread every 5min. ;)

    I'll check it out, thanks. :)
     
  13. Astro1176

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    A sound engineer friend if mine bought some 57s from eBay. He was new to them and told me he hated them. They looked 99% identical to my 57s, and I am sure the mouldings have changed a bit over the years. If anything they looked more expensive/better.

    However they sounded REALLY different, and were almost omnidirectional. We opened them up and inside they were completely different.

    He contacted Shure, who actually traded the fakes for real ones plus presumably info on the vendor, so the story had a happy ending.

    But yes, I have seen with my own eyes and ears that there are people going to great lengths to fake Shure mics.
     
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    Nothing in that range is gonna be great, but the MXL 990/991 combo ain't bad. Actually, the 990 isn't bad; the 991 is killer for the price. Great on acoustic guitar and drum overheads.
     
  15. SethStratMan

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    Wow I'm surprised. I'll be sure to buy from a reputable dealer then. :)
     
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    Get a Royer Ribbon for >$50
     
  17. Astro1176

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    Hey big, are Royers going for $50 where you are? It's not my first choice for guitar but seeing as new here they are £995, can you pick one up for me?