Would you buy a used mic?

Discussion in 'Microphones (live or studio)' started by jcnoernberg, Mar 10, 2006.

  1. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    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?
  2. UncleBob58

    UncleBob58 Active Member

    Apr 9, 2003
    Fairfield County, CT
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    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.
  3. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    Sep 4, 2004
    Indianapolis, IN
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    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.
  4. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Member

    Sep 26, 2005
    I've purchased a lot of used Mike's. I've purchased a lot of new Mike's. I've never purchased any used microphones from eBay. Cheap microphones are best purchased new. Expensive studio microphones are worth a look at when purchased used. It's a crapshoot.

    Snake eyes
    Ms. Remy Ann David
  5. IIRs

    IIRs Well-Known Member

    Oct 23, 2005
    I've bought a few used mics on ebay:

    AKG D12
    Beyer M201 x2
    Beyer M101
    Shure Unidyne

    No dud ones yet, but I'm always careful to avoid sellers with less than pristine feedback, and all but the D12 were cheap enough to be well worth the gamble. ;)

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