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SM 59 Trouble Shooting

Discussion in 'Microphones' started by studio33, Oct 15, 2009.

  1. studio33

    studio33 Active Member

    I have two of these really cool looking mics but they both have the same problem. They both are very very sensitive to movement and wont work right unless held upside down. it sounds like they have loose parts that fell off inside the capsule. I get signal but its chaotically noisy unless held at a certain angle. Can I buy capsules for them? I opened one up but couldnt detect a visual problem. Can I repair these at home? HELP
  2. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    They don't offer the R100 cartridges (capsule) for those anymore. At least not on the regular parts list.

    They're a cool old-style mic, not very flattering - just kind of flat sounding. I didn't know anybody else still owned one.
  3. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    I got rid of mine 20 years ago. Hawk is right, they were just blah mics, not very sensitive, no typical "Shure presence", too much handling noise. They did not go over particularly well and were relatively short-lived. Usually found on "live" TV shows because, as you said, they looked good.
  4. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    They would be great if you were touring in an Andy Williams tribute band.

    The SM59 is undeniably interesting looking and they originally came with a really nice metal case.
    With the unique shape of the windscreen, I don't know if you could cram a different Shure cartridge in it.

    The looks and case are the most memorable thing about them, I've been trying now for two days to remember where mine even is....
    Maybe I used the case to chock the tires on the trailer, and converted the mic into one of those flashlights you use to direct traffic.

    Here is a short but interesting article that shows a picture of SM59 in case if you're reading this and don't know what I'm talking about.
    (dead link removed)

    Also from the linked article: Big thumbs up to the 409, D12e, D224 and 308 (haven't used the Stedman)
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    Thanks for that deja vu, Hawk! Now that you remind me of the metal case, I recall that the red foam in them was crumbling apart after only a few years.
    On another note, I had one of those AKG D224's. Pretty darned good, I missed mine when it was stolen.
  6. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member


    My drummer still uses a D224 on his hi-hat, outstanding!

    The D224 and the Sennheiser 441 have to be two of the smoothest dynamics ever.
  7. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

    MD441 is actually a German code for "smooooooother than a a baby's butt"...Full Rumpass had one during a clearance last year for less than $600 and I missed it! DOH!

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