any experience with a 60's era Shure Vocal Master?

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  1. jordy

    jordy Active Member

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    howdy!
    ok...so my friend's dad offered to give me his Shure Vocal master PA setup for free.....i've never heard of these, but i guess it was pretty common back in the old days. (i'm pretty sure it's discontinued)....but anyway, i was checkin it out and it seems to be all tube and kinda looks more like an old guitar head than a PA.
    what are you guys' opinions on these? i mean i'm guessing that the pre's in it would sound pretty bad-ass compared to the builtin pres in my Fast track Ultra (m-audio Octane)...correct?
    i'm just lookin for a nice(r) vocal pre that would add some warmth and color to my vocals. -would this shure vocal master do the trick????
    what do ya think?
    -jordan
     
  2. BobRogers

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    Wow, that brings back the memories. We had one in one of my first bands in 1971. They weren't the best sounding things in the world if I remember correctly. But better than putting the vocals through a Fender Twin.

    It is probably worth trying out to see how the pres sound. I might even go for some new tubes. But don't get your hopes too high. These are not all that uncommon, and if they were great recording pres I assume we'd have heard about it.
     
  3. jordy

    jordy Active Member

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    :cry: man....i was really hoping for a diamond in the rough here! lol. oh well. it's free i might as well see what i can do with it. thanks bob
     
  4. BobRogers

    BobRogers Well-Known Member

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    Don't put too much stock in my memories of the '70's. They are selective at best. A few have gotten distinctly more vivid (and probably less accurate) over time. Most have faded.
     
  5. moonbaby

    moonbaby Mmmmmm Well-Known Member

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    WOW! I used to actually USE one of those rigs...we even had the "slave amp" and half-sized monitors added to one of our rigs!
    Down here in GATOR COUNTRY that was a popular PA rig for a LOT of performers. Shoot, Skynyrd used to have a Vocalmaster pushing a pair of E-V Eliminators. BTW, Bob, they also used Fender Twins as their stage monitors!
    Anyway, the poor Vocalmaster was pretty advanced for its' time. You could order a version with XLR inputs and low-Z transformers, or a cheaper model with 1/4" inputs. And there were these neat, color-coded rocker switches that kicked in "anti-feedback" circuits that cut the tone and volume of the system in half...WOW!!!
    I used one of those with a pair of Altec A-7 Voice of the Theater monstrosities....I ruled the world with that rig!!!
    Of course, I've kept it all these years, it makes a great boat anchor when I go fishin'...LOL!!!
    P.S.: NO tubes in this baby. all silicone with 100 screamin' watts of RMS power!!!
     

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