My trusty SM57 gave up the ghost yesterday. I bought it new in 1978, I think I paid $59 for it. It handled punishment for almost 40 years; countless shows in smoky clubs, load ins and outs, as well as extreme conditions ... This is the same 57 that spent a winter under the ice and snow, under the spring mud; and which I thought I'd lost by leaving it at a gig - only to discover I hadn't when I hit it with a lawnmower in May that of that year. It continued to serve me well as my main vocal mic for various band and solo gigs for another 20 years after that. Funeral services will be private, but words of condolences can be expressed here, if you like. RIP 1978 Shure SM57... You were a constant companion, and you will be missed.