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4 posts
Mar 13, 2018
4:22 PM
I'm planning to have my 520DX Bullet Mic customized with a vintage element. Will that do the job or does the shell and other mic components have any impact on the sound?
5326 posts
Mar 14, 2018
5:31 AM
That shell will sound fine. The vc will have a bigger impact but as long as it’s an appropriate resistance that will be fine too.

Shells can impact sound for sure, but it’s mainly about what you like. I recently took a ‘59 CM element I didn’t care for, from a JT30, and installed in a Shure 520. The idea was that I’d sell the mic. Turned out I really liked it. I have no idea why it sounded thin in the astatic shell, and fuller and rounder in the 520, but it did. It sounded better than the element I removed from the 520 (because I wanted to keep that 1950 black CR).
I put the CR in a biscuit shell, and I’m not sure how I feel about it. I always liked that element in the 520 shell, just didn’t use that shell a lot. Now it’s in the biscuit and it definitely sounds different.
So much of this is just down to comparison and subjective preference.
Yours will sound good. Might it sound ‘better’ in another shell? Maybe. Or maybe not.
I’ve got a super hot ‘72 Cm in an ev605 shell. I never use it, again it’s the shell. I do wonder what that element would go like in a different shell. Maybe it’d suit the biscuit actually.
I just gave up with these mics. I don’t know what’s best so I justbplay and enjoy the difference or trying to pick the differences
480 posts
Mar 14, 2018
7:21 PM
Greg Heuman (who knows a lot about these things) once stated on a similar thread.
"Dynamic elements are definitely sensitive to their shell size whereas CM C/R not so much"
Been my experience too.
Though i'm not to sure how to quantify "not so much"
135 posts
Mar 15, 2018
12:25 PM
Would be very interesting to hear a side by side comparison of a green bullet with a dynamic and ceramic element, just to see if there really is that big a difference.
6 posts
Apr 20, 2018
12:40 PM
Thanks for all the help guys! I ended up getting lucky and finding a 520SL Bullet Mic with a Black CR element which sounds awesome! I also got a Sonotone mic for $20 which has a different sound than a bullet but is really awesome. I'm sure many would even prefer it over a bullet, and available in the 15 to $20 range. !!
As far as my 520 DX, I will sell it. It's actually a very good mic but doesnt compare to the vintage bullet or the Sonotone

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