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Author Topic: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?  (Read 19608 times)

Rob Bernstein

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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #50 on: February 10, 2014, 07:33:56 pm »

The counterfeit shops in China are also making wireless units.
I bought an SLX system off of a guy locally on Craig's List, he said these were overstock from a hotel install.
Demo'ed it in the parking lot of the hotel we met at, all seemed fine.
Used it at a gig the following weekend and could not get the mic to stop overloading.
Long story short, sent it to Shure for a mod, and they sent it back with a "Counterfeit" sticker on it.
Luckily, got my money back. And still have the fake SLX.
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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #51 on: February 11, 2014, 01:24:03 am »

Mics vary over time.

Do they all sound good?  Isn't that all that matters?

Not necessarily. Quality of construction, materials, and reliability are all important factors that have little to do with how it sounds when you take it out of the box. While knock-offs may sound good either initially or long-term, the product may fall apart, it may fail with even the slightest abuse, or it may contain hazardous materials.
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Jeff Bankston

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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #52 on: February 11, 2014, 03:23:50 am »

one a my sm58 has the word > "switchcraft" under pin 3. is that o.k. ?
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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #53 on: February 11, 2014, 03:29:29 am »

And which stores are trustworthy? B&H, Sweetwater, Musician's Friend?
Geetar Center and Sam Ash get their mics from Shure. thats what Shure told me when i called.
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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #54 on: February 11, 2014, 09:42:50 am »

one a my sm58 has the word > "switchcraft" under pin 3. is that o.k. ?

Is it second hand and did you phone sure and ask?
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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #55 on: February 11, 2014, 09:49:23 am »

one a my sm58 has the word > "switchcraft" under pin 3. is that o.k. ?

Probably.  It depends.  Etc.

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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #56 on: February 11, 2014, 01:47:51 pm »

Not necessarily. Quality of construction, materials, and reliability are all important factors that have little to do with how it sounds when you take it out of the box. While knock-offs may sound good either initially or long-term, the product may fall apart, it may fail with even the slightest abuse, or it may contain hazardous materials.

There are a lot of people getting stressed about clearly genuine mics too.
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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #57 on: February 11, 2014, 10:57:13 pm »

There are a lot of people getting stressed about clearly genuine mics too.

I think the handling noise was the most obvious difference between my fake and my real one. 

http://www.harmonycentral.com/t5/Live-Sound-Production/My-fake-Shure-SM58/td-p/36350417
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Re: SM58 fakes....Not so easy to detect?
« Reply #58 on: February 11, 2014, 11:03:37 pm »

[quote author=Ray Aberle
If you are looking to purchase new, there are plenty of Shure dealers on here (myself included) that would be happy to get you a great deal on a new system, and then you'd know it's legit.

-Ray


Actually, I could not yet decide between Sennheiser ew 100 and Shure SLX. Perhaps you can help me? But first, can you ship to Brazil?
With a valid credit card number, sure. :)

The SLX and the ew 100 are about the same level. And pricing... $599 for SLX. About the same for the ew 135 G3 system.

-Ray
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