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Would you buy a used mic?

I'm thinking of getting the SM57, but have a few options.

It's $89.99 + tax in stores
$85.00 shipped new on ebay
about $20 less on ebay used.

What's the best price you paid for this mic, would you buy used?


UncleBob58 Fri, 03/10/2006 - 09:21
I personally would spend the 85 bucks on a new '57.

SM57's are work horses, it's true, but they CAN be beaten to death. You won't know what you're getting until it arrives and you test it. Just to save the hassle of re-packing, sending it back, fighting with PayPal for the refund and repeating the process until a decent mic comes along is worth the extra few dollars.

zemlin Fri, 03/10/2006 - 09:54
For that kind of cost difference, I'd buy new.
The only used mics I've bought so far was a pair of AKG C391Bs - from eBAY. They sounded quite different from each other and I intended to use them as a stereo pair, so I sent them to AKG to have them checked out.

They ended up exchanging both capsules (which wasn't free) - but I still saved a couple hundred from buying new. Unless there's enough of a savings to cover some rework on a "well used" item, I buy new.