Hello and welcome to the House of Chrome. You are asking for trouble. About half the Shure 51's I've come across do not work or just barely.
This one happens to work very well and comes with a period Turner desk stand. The Shure 51 was a bit easier on the pocket though the sound quality was inferior to the 55 model.The Shure 51 is an omni-directional mic that was used for singing, broadcasting and a whole other slew of uses. It has a very modern design that stood out from the competition and was a personal favorite of the legendary Nat King Cole at that time.
It had more of a mid range sound lacking the heavy bass of mics today. The Shure 51 was eventually discontinued in the late 1960's and utilized the same dynamic element in it's entire production run though the lower pistol grip was changed slightly in 1960. This Shure Brothers 51 Dynamic microphone that was manufactured in Chicago, ILL sometime between 1947 and 1956 before the Shure Brothers plant was moved to Evanston. These mics have a little weight to them being almost 2 pounds.The finish shows extremely lite wear as seen in the pictures provided. There are no engravings or dents in the satin chrome finish but you'll notice there is a hairline fracture on the rear of the mic as seen in pic # 8 It's purely cosmetic and I used a little solder to cover the physical imperfection. The mic is still very solid and won't break. Still far above average for these Shure 51 mics and you'll be very hard pressed to find one nicer. The ribs are straight with no fractures. The joint mechanism holds strong like it should as well and can be tightened as needed with a screw driver. The red silk screen is quite nice with zero discoloration, rips or holes. The blue label looks very nice and completely legible. This mic is solid with zero loose parts inside. A premium example of an older Shure Brothers 51 microphone. The threading for the stand and cable is perfect. Please just ask if you need a link? MICROPHONE STAND IS PART OF THIS SALE.. The mic comes with a period 1950's era Turner C-3 model desk stand that makes for a very stable platform and compliments the mic nicely. This is an all aluminum stand with a satin chrome finish and satin chrome stem / riser. This model was widely produced by Turner during the 1950's but was discontinued after about 10 years of production making these a bit hard to come by these days. As you can see the stand thread itself has the 5/8 X 27 universal thread and any mic or mic clip will technically mate to the top of it. This particular stand has very lite wear as you can see.
No dents or fractures but there is some tiny pitting on top of the base. The satin chrome stem looks very nice with just lite wear. Please let the detailed pictures be your guide. The original pad / rubber gasket is still present and will keep the stand from scratching any surface it sits on. Mic stand is appx 6 inches tall X 5 inches wide.With the 51 on top it's appx 11 inches tall. Mic will screw onto any desk or floor stand you have if you don't like the desk stand.
As with all my vintage microphones.. I can promise you will be happy with it for the price paid. Simply return in the same nice condition...
INTERNATIONAL BUYERS are welcome as well. If you have any questions feel free to ask and... The item "Vintage 1950's Shure 51 Dynamic microphone w period Turner stand Nat King Cole" is in sale since Friday, December 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Musical Instruments & Gear\Pro Audio Equipment\Vintage Pro Audio Equipment". The seller is "speedstarerik" and is located in Park Rapids, Minnesota.This item can be shipped worldwide.