The Shure 51 originally came out in 1949. There is no cosmetic difference between the Chicago and Evanston mics with red screen however.
Just the label stating where they were built. 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.
This Shure 51 had the satin chrome finish with royal blue badge. Pic # 2 is from an old Shure advertisement showing this model and it's basic characteristics.
The Shure 51 is an omni-directional mic that was used for singing, broadcasting and a whole other slew of uses. 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. The finish shows extremely lite wear as seen in the pictures provided. There are no engravings, pitting or dents but there are a couple scratches and scuff marks in the satin chrome finish. Still far average for these Shure 51 mics and worthy of any vintage mic collection. 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 very lite discoloration in one small spot at the top of the mic.
Zero rip or holes however. Blue label looks very nice and completely legible. This mic is solid with zero loose parts inside. A very nice example of an older Shure Brothers 51 microphone. The threading for the stand and cable is perfect.
MICROPHONE STAND IS PART OF THIS SALE.. The mic comes with a period Shure S-36 desk stand that makes for a very stable platform and compliments the mic nicely. This S-36 was built between 1939 and 1960 before being discontinued.This stand has very lite wear as you can see. Just a few scuff marks and paint loss on the front Shure insignia. It still has it's metal insignia, 5 rubber pads and cable clamp as well as the brass bolt for attaching the microphone. The painted Shure insignia does show wear but usually these are completely worn away from years of use.
Mic with stand is appx 8 inches tall X 5 inches wide X 7 inches deep. The mic stand will compliment the microphone nicely. Mic will screw onto any desk or floor stand you have if you don't like the desk stand. If you need a vintage 3 pin screw on type cable for this mic just ask and I'll send you a good link so that you may order one. I don't currently have any 3 pin cables for sale.
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 High Z & S-36 stand Nat King Cole" is in sale since Tuesday, March 9, 2021. 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.