Fake Shure SM57 mics
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6 November 2006
Caveat emptor: in my experience there are no genuine, new Shure SM57 or SM58 mics below £ 60-70. Also beware multiple mic deals. The Chinese fakes are exact except for some internal wiring, the weight (about 30g too light), no 2 year warranty and the crap sound. Beware even those sellers who say "genuine" as they may be fooled themselves (or pretend they don't know). eBay / PayPal are not much of a help as they do not offer instant refunds and have convoluted protection policies which do not stop rogue traders. So it really is the case here that buying from an approved dealer (and paying the extra) is worth it - and after all most Shure mics are not expensive for what they are in the first place.
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