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FDP Forum / Performer's Corner / Seems like those retro “Elvis” mics are enjoying a resurge in popularity.


Willoughby, OH , USA

I'm arrogant and a moron
Apr 8th, 2018 09:31 AM   Edit   Profile  


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Get ready for the

Buena Buena
Apr 8th, 2018 11:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah. Many are modern condenser or diaphragm capsules with an old-style cast aluminum casing.

What's old is new.

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juneau ak.

If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Apr 11th, 2018 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yep, they look cool so we don't have to.

The bass player bought one (Shure) and it suits him. I'm kind of partial to my sleek black Sennheiser 835

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Get ready for the

Buena Buena
Apr 11th, 2018 07:54 PM   Edit   Profile  


I pictured you as a Janet-Jackson-headset-mic kinda guy.


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juneau ak.

If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Apr 11th, 2018 08:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

Back in the day Peegoo we didn't even have no stinking mics! we learned to yell louder than than the drummer could drum. ;^)

The bassist likes his mic but you do have to be right on it.

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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
May 6th, 2018 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I used to see that type of mike at tent revivals when I was a kid in the '50s. It seemed like they always fed back and hurt my little ears. But it may have been speaker placement.

Is this it? Shure 55SH

Fast Lane Pablo


May 22nd, 2018 04:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

Check out Heil Sound's "The Fin" microphones. I have two (and two '60's Shure 55SH mics that Shure refubished). The Fin is based on a '50's Turner Mic design, plus it has LED's so it lights up if you turn on Phantom Power. They come in Red, White, and Blue, plus Green and Yellow on special order. They are much better sounding mics then the Shures to my ear.


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A dog

in a cake shop
May 22nd, 2018 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I know two people (who don't know each other) who each recently got a tattoo of this style of mic on their arm.

like this.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Jun 5th, 2018 08:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

I still have an original 55S, in the box! Still works.

Tony Wright
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Stillwater, OK

I never met a calorie I didn't like.
Jun 6th, 2018 08:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

Did someone say Shure SM55????

The Cherokee Maidens and Sycamore Swing

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Suburban MD.

You DESERVE an Ibanez Iceman!
Jun 18th, 2018 01:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I was using them in 2013 for my band 'The Deathbillies", since we were playing metal mashups with country songs. It fit the nudie suits we wore and that retro WSM Grand Ole Opry vibe. I bought mine on Ebay, and it's funny, one of the switches was reversed. Off was actually "on".... Made it even more fun to use, especially since the other one was fine!

Then I saw Metallica using a version of them in '15? By this time my band had broken up, so I sold 'em...

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Las Vegas, Nevada

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it"
Jun 26th, 2018 01:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've got a 55S in a suitcase with a bunch of other gear that hasn't been used in forever. It was the first mic I ever bought, back in the mid 1960s.

I really ought to divest myself of a bunch of stuff like that. If I don't, it will end up belonging to an heir who has no clue what it is and uses it for a paper weight lol

(This message was last edited by JDC at 03:32 AM, Jun 26th, 2018)



Fender power to the people!
Aug 17th, 2018 11:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

The funny thing is that it uses the same capsule as the SM58, which is the same as the 57.
Different housings.
Different looks.
Different patterns.

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South Florida

Aug 25th, 2018 10:00 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've been thinking of going back even further and looking at the Grand Ole Opry look. I heard the Brian Sutton Band do a show with just this on stage and it was awesome.

Ear Trumpet

(This message was last edited by larryguitar19 at 12:01 PM, Aug 25th, 2018)

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Orlando, FL

My brain hurts!
Aug 25th, 2018 09:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

The 55SH series II is a decent mic with a 58 capsule but it has an inherent tendency to want to feed back more so than a 58 for some reason, I can only say it’s due to the housing in some way. They also have a tendency to just up and die suddenly for no reason. I actually sold a broken one on the cheap, come to find out the on/off switch is the weak link that tends to go, and all you have to do is either replace the switch or better yet just open it up and bypass the switch entirely by soldering in a jumper wire. So that was a rather wasteful mistake on my part.

Thing about those mics is they only look “authentic” when on a straight stand, the look weird on a boom stand...but straight stands are hard to sing on while holding a guitar.

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Fast Lane Pablo


Aug 29th, 2018 01:13 PM   Edit   Profile  


Put it on a gooseneck. Looks vintage, gets it away from the stand.

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