Vintage RARE 1930's Shure Brothers 701A crystal microphone with RARE Shure S32C desk stand

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        Hello and welcome to The House of chrome.

 You are looking at a rare and highly collectible Shure 701A crystal model microphone made during the 1930's complete with an equally rare 1930's Shure S32C desk stand. This unique microphone was basically developed by Shure but the actual crystal element sold under license by The Brush Company who had been making excellent crystal mics for several years at that time. This was an affordable "entry level" mic for that time and mics were not cheap back then.

 This is honestly one of the nicest 701A mics I have ever seen and they don't come around very often.

 I was told that this mic was only manufactured for a couple years making this one of the rarest and lowest manufactured microphone from Shure Brothers.

 The 701A never changed it's design and had a conservative masculine look compared to many other mics of that era but in the 1930's this squared design was actually considered to be very modern and sleek.

 The all metal body with polished chrome accents is quite lite weight despite being 4 1/2 inches tall. The mic is wired and you can always put another element inside if you plan on using this mic though for historical purposes I would leave it alone. A Shure Controlled Magnetic element would be a perfect choice if you did however.

 The Mic shows extremely lite wear for an item of this age. The front and rear screens are free of any dents and the paint looks great. It still has the inner black silk screens and are free of any dents or tarnish which is a huge bonus. The original Shure badge is still on the rear of the mic and looks very nice. They would often fall off but this one still has it. The polished chrome accents on the mic look fantastic. This mic was stored very well over the years.

 It should be noted that the mic comes with 8 original screws to hold the screens on the body. The original screws on these 701A are usually missing a few if not all but not this one. The little things that add value. A 16 inch cable runs down through the mic and top of the stand and out the back end on the stands base. It comes with an old female 1/4 inch connector. cable is soft, pliable and free of damage.

 Even though the mic no longer works the cable is wired correctly if a new element is ever's ready to go.


 The stand is a Shure S32C model made in Chicago, Illinoise and is original to the mic. The S32C has an aluminum base with two steel risers. It was an ultra modern design with a heavier deco vibe that is quite impressive. It has the same black paint scheme that really pops with the 701A and the black paint is original and really good shape considering the small paint chips. It makes an excellent, stable platform and really compliments the mic nicely. It was ultra modern for it's time and was sold for only about 10 years before being discontinued in the mid 1940's.

 The S32C was a more expensive model sold by Shure and has an adjustable upper tube / riser giving you additional height if needed.  

 The chrome locking clutch mechanism works perfectly and the base has 3 new felt pads. There are no dents or fractures anywhere on the stand. Total height with mic is 11 1/2 inches high (when completely lowered) x 6 inches wide. 16 inches tall when fully raised upright.

 This will make a beautiful and rare display piece anywhere in the home, studio or office. Museum quality and worth every penny.

 As with all my vintage microphones...

  I can promise you will be happy with it for the price paid. If not...I have a no hassle return policy. The shipping will be on you as I believe that's fair but the purchase price would be refunded. Simply return in the same nice condition...period. Check my rating. INTERNATIONAL BUYERS are welcome as well. Buyer must pay within 24 hours or an unpaid case will be opened and item relisted. Domestic buyer will get priority shipping.

  If you have any questions feel free to ask and...thanks for looking.

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Listed4 months ago
ConditionNon Functioning (Used)
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