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    Posted 10 years ago

    decosound
    (11 items)

    The beautiful design of the Astatic 77.
    Interesting fact: I've seen some people think that the model of this mic is "77A", since the Astatic logo is next to the 77.

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    1. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Thanks officialfuel and vanskyock24!
    2. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Thanks, packrat-place!
    3. toolate2 toolate2, 10 years ago
      This is sick! Yet another thing I must now collect!!! Thanks alot!!!
    4. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Hehehe...thanks toolate2!
    5. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Thanks kerry10456!
    6. toolate2 toolate2, 10 years ago
      I'm now watching a few of these on ebay... They ain't cheap! Seems like I'm looking at several hundred dollars for anything nice. What would you say would be a good "starter" piece for someone looking to put together a collection of vintage mics? I sing so I'm thinking of using them as well as collecting them.
    7. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      You're absolutely right! Some sellers are really putting the prices up there...even when the mic isn't worth that much, so be careful. Finding a mic in good shape cosmetically is a challenge. Finding one that works as sounds good as well, is even harder. If you want to spend around $300.00, try to find a Shure 55 (or 555, 556). They sound really good. Now, if your budget is around $150.00-$200.00, try mics like the Turner 33, Electro-Voice 664 or 636 or 611, and Shure 51. They're not as good as the Shure 55, but they're not bad either. Just make sure it's working.
      Here's one that might interest you. It looks really good and it works!
      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Turner-Crystal-Microphone-model-33X-Brand-New-Never-Used-/150734745008?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item23187dadb0#ht_500wt_1068
    8. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      I'd probably buy it, if I didn't already have 3 of them!
    9. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Toolate2, this is another one that is really worth watching, the Turner 34x. They rarely come up on Ebay in such good shape. But I must warn you that the crystal element that comes with it isn't that good. Oh, and you can count on the final price going up to around $150-$200.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/Turner-34X-Microphone-Machine-Age-Masterpiece-/220929828031?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item337071a4bf#ht_4362wt_1053
    10. toolate2 toolate2, 10 years ago
      Thanks! Both of these are amazing looking but what you're saying is the Turner 33x is better sounding?
    11. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Between the two, I think that the Turner 33x might sound better. But I'm not a singer, I just test my mics when I buy them, so I'm not really an expert when it comes to sound quality. If this helps, one of my Turner 33x came with a vintage Shure element someone put in, and I didn't see much difference when I compared to another one with the original element.

      I also found the Astatic 77 being sold. But this one might go higher than the Turner 34x. Actually, the Turner 34x might not go that high, because the seller did not put the word VINTAGE on the item name. A lot of people search for "vintage microphones" and end up missing out on other mics that don't appear on the search.

      http://www.ebay.com/itm/VINTAGE-1950s-MODERNISTIC-ASTATIC-ART-DECO-OLD-CHROME-MICROPHONE-WORKING-GREAT-/140677112107?pt=Vintage_Electronics_R2&hash=item20c102612b#ht_955wt_1053
    12. Signaholic Signaholic, 10 years ago
      Deco, your Mics are super sick man!
    13. decosound decosound, 10 years ago
      Thanks, Signaholic!
    14. cowboyken, 2 years ago
      I just acquired an astatic 77A microphone. It has no cord. Does anyone know the name of the connector or wishes to sell a cord to fit this beautiful microphone?

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