I have to confess that I always looked down my nose a band that use these sort of mics. Obviously you are paying more for the look than the sound (sometimes a lot.) But...my roots band has a new female lead vocalist who has a lot of talent, is good looking, and likes a lot of vintage music. She's probably only with us for a couple of years (price of business in a college town.) So it's time to make hay while the sun shines. To be blunt, those of us singing back up and playing instruments aren't good enough to be snobby about the look of the band. So if we can get more gigs with a vintage vibe I'm all for it. So anyway, my questions: 1. Is the Shure 55 and/or the 55sh just a 58 capsule in a fancy housing? Does it sound at least as good as a 58? 2. Are there other "vintage" looking microphones that sound better that you would take on the road? I've thought of buying one of those RCA 44 style housings and putting a roadworthy capsule in one, but that's not any cheaper than a Shure 55 and I think that 99% of any crowd would find the 55 housing no different. Interested in your thoughts on this.