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Volume control drilled into the shell - Yay or nay
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5 posts
Jun 13, 2021
12:58 PM
So I was just talking to a buddy of mine about putting a pot into the shure/JT shells vs using the in-line volume controllers from Heumann, vs none at all.

I remember having a JT30 with a volume controller where the stand goes, and I would always turn it by mistake when cupping...

Maybe it's better with the Shure having the stand hole further back.

What are your thoughts? Do you install VC's into your vintage shells or do you keep it original?
6972 posts
Jun 13, 2021
2:44 PM
I do not like them installed in the shell. I can't say about the Shure shells but I've had them in jt30 installed in the stand location and would forever be bumping it. I took it out and filled the hole.
I have a jt30 which has the Vc installed further back, behind the connecter, about halfway between the connector and the end. It's better but I still don't like it.
I stopped using any form of volume control on the mic a couple of years ago and I'm happy with the decision.
2259 posts
Jun 13, 2021
3:39 PM
I like the flexibility of having a volume control so I can adjust as determined by the room, the band, the amp, etc. I use an Ultimate 58 for PA, a couple high-Z Shure 585SAVs, my CM Biscuit with Greg's screw on high-Z VC, and a seldom used Turner 22X with a ceramic replacement element and Greg's extra high-Z VC. I also have one of his low-Z in-line controls for other mics, like my Shure 57.

I mainly use the Ultimate 58 for PA and the CM Biscuit for amps, sometimes using a 585. I like volume controls and value Greg's products. With Greg's VC on the CM Biscuit I did not need to modify the shell. Also, I could use it on another mic if needed.

Doug S.
274 posts
Jun 13, 2021
11:31 PM
Yay. I have one of Greg's VC's to use with my EV 638. It was the only option but I'm not crazy about it. Maybe it's an acquired taste.

For my JT30's, Astatc 200's, and RCA MI-6228 bullets I have the VC at the back so I can adjust volume with my pinky finger while playing and without releasing the grasp on the harp and mic. I've had them done by Skip Simmons, Johnny Ace, and Mark Overman so it's not an unknown build.

I much prefer the rear VC over ones near the stand location or attached to the mic cord. You can see one on my website, the band page.
113 posts
Jun 22, 2021
9:46 AM
Definitely prefer drilled in to the shell.
Green Bullet, Turner+2, or JT30.
“Bumping” or accidental movement can be controlled by using controls with detents.
Don’t care much for the JT 30 shell however due to the “hump” in the middle.
Prefer a smooth round surface.

Last Edited by Tblues1 on Jun 22, 2021 9:47 AM

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