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Author:  MTGuru [ Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:16 pm ]
Post subject:  Shure 55 for Trad?

Maybe I'm delusional (don't answer that). But it seems to me that I've been seeing the classic Shure 55 popping up everywhere lately as a vocal mike in videos, TV performances, etc. Not that it's ever completely gone away, with its distinctive Art Deco style. But I sense a retro revival underway.

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So the question is if anyone here has tried using the 55 for whistle or flute (or anything) - either the 55SH or "Super" 55. The specs are very similar to the SM57/58, perhaps a bit brighter and less compressed. So it should be a good match for our winds and strings. But maybe the sense of being able to point/angle a straight mike and clip where you want it outweighs the retro cool factor.

Author:  Feadoggie [ Mon Apr 01, 2013 12:44 pm ]
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I have it through credible sources that Elvis did indeed play whistle when things got quiet in the jungle room. And I have also heard that his lip quivered because he always worked so hard on his embouchure. He would have "shurely" played through an SM55.

I have not used a Model 55 since 1967 when I converted to EV 664's.

Feadoggie

Author:  Cayden [ Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:17 am ]
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Feadoggie wrote:
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I have it through credible sources that Elvis did indeed play whistle when things got quiet in the jungle room. And I have also heard that his lip quivered because he always worked so hard on his embouchure. He would have "shurely" played through an SM55.

I have not used a Model 55 since 1967 when I converted to EV 664's.

Feadoggie



Feadoggie,
You think things ever really got quiet in the "Jungle Room"? I wouldn't bet my Blue Suede Shoes on it! :D

Cayden

Author:  Squeeky Elf [ Tue Apr 09, 2013 11:58 pm ]
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They look cool, but I have only run across one case where it was the best mic I auditioned for a task. Kinda like a 58 minus the mid hump and a definate accent of the highs. In a word: thin. Your mileage and alla dat.

Author:  MTGuru [ Wed Apr 10, 2013 12:06 am ]
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Squeeky Elf wrote:
They look cool, but I have only run across one case where it was the best mic I auditioned for a task. Kinda like a 58 minus the mid hump and a definate accent of the highs. In a word: thin. Your mileage and alla dat.

Ah, interesting. That's a helpful description.

Author:  Jleo Fipple [ Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:33 am ]
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Green Grass Trad :D

Shure 55

Author:  MTGuru [ Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:32 pm ]
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Jleo Fipple wrote:
Green Grass Trad :D

Shure 55

Nice. :-) And close, but that mic is actually not a 55. I wonder what it is? There are no rear or top/bottom grille vents, which I'd assume contribute to the cardiod pattern of the 55. In fact, I've wondered how cupping the 55 in your hand - which happens a lot, whether hand-held or on a stand - affects the response.

Author:  Feadoggie [ Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:39 pm ]
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MTGuru wrote:
Nice. And close, but that mic is actually not a 55. I wonder what it is?
Yeah, me too. Looks like it might be one of the EV Mercury models maybe a 611 or 911.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNSCIBpDCNU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Beh7viOWYfk

They had fewer vents than the 55 and some had the solid case in the back. I could be wrong though. There were so many similar deco designed mics back in the day. I love the variety in the looks of old microphones.

Feadoggie

Author:  highland-piper [ Mon Oct 21, 2013 11:04 am ]
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According to the graph in the brochure, it is +10 db at 6000 hz. Might not be a good match for whistles, unless you like them shrill... Probably make the G's really scream too.

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