1950’s Shure 520 Harp Mic – ’53 Shure Black CR Element


Great Black Label Tone, Excellent Vintage Element
Shure Green Bullet Harmonica Microphone

Vintage Shure Controlled Reluctance
Hi-Z 99H86 320 element 1953
1291 Ohms
Fully Tested and Working

So you want a mic with mojo? Here’s rebuilt 1950's Vintage Shure Model 520 harp mic. Original Chicago tag, with wear and tear. Also built in Chicago, this black label controlled-reluctance element is high-impedance, and strong. I’ve fully rewired the mic. The New connector is a Switchcraft 5/8” screw-on model. The paint is rough, with chips and scuffs, so keep that in mind. The mic shell is 50 years old or so. The Grill is in fair condition with some pitting, but still shines bright on the sides.

Everyone has a personal taste about how a microphone sounds. Black Label elements are sought after for their fat-bottomed bluesy tone. It’s very dirty when cupped tightly, but crisp and clear when open.

Cosmetic condition includes scuffs and scratches to the original green shell coat. Make sure to closely view the photographs! A great version of the Shure 520 series mics.

The microphone has been fully tested on a Skip Simmons modified Masco MA-17 P.A. amp head driving a twin-ten cabinet with Lil’ Buddy speakers. Sounds excellent. Ready for the stage.

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Weight1.5 lbs
Dimensions3 × 3 × 3 in