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How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:18 pm
by blinddrew
This just popped into my inbox courtesy of studiospares and given all the dodgy ones doing the rounds I thought it might be useful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQQQ49Z ... 664636b857

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:22 pm
by Wonks
But you can't tell that from eBay pictures, or the weight or the sound. So just don't buy used 57s and 58s from eBay (or similar).

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:02 pm
by Mike Stranks
Wonks wrote:But you can't tell that from eBay pictures, or the weight or the sound. So just don't buy used 57s and 58s from eBay (or similar).

... or new ones (and quite a few of the Sennheiser range :( ) at prices that are too good to be true.

EBay also has some text and narrative about how to spot a dodgy 58.

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:44 pm
by Wonks
Mike Stranks wrote:EBay also has some text and narrative about how to spot a dodgy 58.

Basically any SM58 listed on eBay!

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:19 am
by Dave B
Mike Stranks wrote:at prices that are too good to be true.

That's usually the tell tale sign. If it's too good to be true .....

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 8:58 am
by Wonks
...it's a bargain and Dave has to buy one! ;)

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:10 am
by ConcertinaChap
blinddrew wrote:This just popped into my inbox courtesy of studiospares and given all the dodgy ones doing the rounds I thought it might be useful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQQQ49Z ... 664636b857

Well, there we are. It seems that some years back I bought a genuine SM58 on ebay. Freeeeakyyyy!

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Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:42 am
by Mike Stranks
ConcertinaChap wrote:
blinddrew wrote:This just popped into my inbox courtesy of studiospares and given all the dodgy ones doing the rounds I thought it might be useful:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQQQ49Z ... 664636b857

Well, there we are. It seems that some years back I bought a genuine SM58 on ebay. Freeeeakyyyy!

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Two thoughts... 'some years back'... It's only in the last few years that mic (and other tech) faking has really got going as an industry in its own right.

Not everyone on EBay is a crook! I'm often selling there m'self, so it must be true! :lol: I've bought some excellent and genuine stuff there from honest people who have gone out of their way to address problems.

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:45 am
by Wonks
However the number of crooks was increasing all the time, whilst the number of genuine sellers was decreasing. I found I was normally reporting one scam auction a day, sometimes two, and as a result, stopped using it.

Re: How to spot a fake SM58

PostPosted: Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:52 am
by ConcertinaChap
Fakes were already a major issue when I bought this mic. What convinced me to take a chance was that it had the 40th anniversary logo on it and I'd not heard of fakers copying that. I've already done other checks like wiring colours and was pretty sure it wasn't a fake but this is added confirmation.

Thanks Drew.

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