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 however sounds great with a strong clear signal and works great on all 3 adjustment levels.
This mic has a dirty "rockabilly" sound that many musicians like to replicate today. If that is the sound you are going for then you are going to like this mic. A very bluesy 1930's, 40's sound.
It comes with the original (but modified) cable shown so that you may use any modern XLR cable. You are looking at a Shure Brothers 51 Dynamic microphone that is equipped with the Multi impedance switch. This 51 was manufactured in Evanston, ILL sometime between 1960 and 1964 before the 51 model changed to the black foam screens. This one was the 2nd generation 51 with black silk screens and was only made for a few years before the foam became standard. I believe Shure Brothers stopped manufacturing this mic in 1969 or 1970.These mics have a little weight to them being almost 2 pounds. The 51 has clean, deco styling with elegant looks and was a favorite microphone used for several years by musical legend Nat King Cole earlier in his career as seen in pictures # 2. This Shure 51 had the satin chrome finish with rectangular silver badge. The finish shows very lite wear as seen in the pictures provided. There are no engravings or dents but there are a few tiny scratches and some small pitting in the satin chrome finish on the lower pistol grip.
Still, way above average for these Shure 51's. 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 black silk screen is perfect with no discoloration, rips or holes. The threading for the cable is perfect.You'll notice there is a short cable included with the mic. I cut it down to just 6 inches and soldered a quality Switchcraft male XLR end connector onto it. So much more practical for everyday use. No more long 15 foot of mess to roll up.
Just leave the 3 pin connector screwed onto the mic and then attach a modern XLR cable to the shorter one provided when you're ready to use the mic. You'll have to use a female XLR to 1/4 inch cable as an extension however.
An XLR to XLR cable on your audio equipment won't work as the cable is not balanced. Also, there is an Atlas on / off adapter that has been installed on the lower pistol grip.
The threading for the stand was partially stripped so this adapter will solve that issues. It's held firmly in place now and you can easy remove the mic from any stand you have with the push of a button. No more unscrewing the mic every time you want to remove it from the stand.
A great adapter that is very practical. The adapter shows wear but works perfectly.
This gorgeous older 51 is ready to go. MICROPHONE STAND IS NOT PART OF THIS SALE... USED FOR DISPLAY PURPOSES ONLY. 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 1960's Shure 51 Dynamic microphone multi Z w cable Nat King Cole # 6 51S" is in sale since Thursday, August 20, 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.