Hello and welcome to The House of Chrome. You are looking at a gorgeous Shure Brothers 540 model microphone from the 1960's.It's a Sonodyne II dynamic mic that's perfect as a "general purpose" microphone and puts out a strong, clear signal but even better as a harp mic with it's high Z setting. This mic has a more aggressive look to it as well. It just needs an older 3 pin cable to operate. The 3 pin cable is the same used on the earlier Shure 55, 55s, 730A and many others that were pre 1960 microphones. Pic # 2 is from an old Shure Brothers catalog I have showing all of the mics performance characteristics. This was a more affordable dynamic mic compared to the more sophisticated and far better sounding dynamic cardioid models of that era such as the Shure 55S and Electro Voice RE10. If you needed something basic for general broadcasting, paging, etc... This was your go to mic. It has a classic "rockabilly" sound with not much bass so if that is the sound you are looking for then this will do you justice. I have been told by a few harmonica players that this make a great harp mic with it's distinct sound. As you can see in the pics provided t he satin chrome finish has a beautiful luster and shows virtually no wear. There are no engravings, scratches, nicks, pitting or fractures anywhere on this 540. The black plastic looks pretty damn good too. The front grill is free of any dents or tarnish and a new inner foam pop filter was installed to help with sound characteristics.
The original treble screw in the rear is still present. You'll find that many of these older 540 and 540S mics are missing that screw as they slowly worked their way loose to the point of falling out. The screw actually tweaks the sound slightly for more or less mid range sound.
The joint mechanism holds firm as it should and the head pivots back and forth as needed. The Shure front and rear labels look incredible. Overall this mic is in "museum quality" condition overall and I'd rate it a solid 9 +++ on a scale of 1 - 10. This mic just needs a cable or adapter to operate.
The adapter screws onto the mic like a regular Amphenol cable but converts this mic to a standard XLR type. You can use a common XLR extension cable to operate the mic now.
Just leave the adapter screwed on and only attach a longer cable when needed. The adapter shown in pic # 10 - 12 is not part of this sale. This mic will screw onto any microphone desk or floor stand you might be using. MICROPHONE STAND AND ADAPTER SHOWN ARE NOT PART OF THIS 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 1960's Shure 540 dynamic microphone harp High Z old Turner Astatic" is in sale since Friday, November 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.