The Best-Selling Microphones of 2019

For the final installment of our yearly best-selling gear posts we're going to plug into some data on microphones. Below you'll find our rankings for the overall best-selling mics on Reverb, the best-selling vintage mics, and then a snapshot of the used mic market by brand.

You can check out the following links to see previously posted rankings on pedals, amps, and synths.


Best-Selling Mics of 2019

Rank Overall Bestsellers Average Used Price USD
1 Shure SM57 $77.39
2 Shure SM58 $72.89
3 Shure SM7B $327.20
4 Sennheiser e906 $111.21
5 Sennheiser MD421 II $277.27
6 Sennheiser e609 $82.04
7 Sennheiser e935 $107.85
8 Neumann TLM 103 $732.42
9 AKG C214 $225.27
10 Shure Beta 52A $129.60
11 Electro-Voice RE20 $333.97
12 Audio-Technica AT2020 $74.99
13 AKG D112 $118.53
14 Rode NT1-A $155.80
15 Shure BETA 58A $106.53

The above rankings reflect total number of sales for both new and used mics on Reverb. In the mic category, our sales figures tend to be predominantly used and vintage, but a look at the rankings sorted by just sales for brand-new inventory show quite a similar breakdown.


Best-Selling Vintage Mics of 2019

Rank Best-Selling Vintage Average Used Price USD
1 Sennheiser MD421 $346.72
2 Shure Unidyne III SM57 $200.08
3 Neumann U 87 $2,623.34
4 AKG D12 $566.96
5 Neumann KM 84 i $1,253.72
6 Sennheiser MD421-U5 $242.50
7 Electro-Voice 664 $116.60
8 Sennheiser MD 441 $555.25
9 Shure SM7 $647.28
10 Shure 545S Unidyne III $147.65
11 Shure 55S Unidyne $206.21
12 RCA 77-DX $1,626.12
13 RCA 44-BX $2,733.25
14 AKG C 451 EB $473.62
15 Electro-Voice 666 $459.54

In compiling these rankings, we're going on number of sales, which in some instances may actually include multiple microphones, such as matched pairs of various condensers. Additionally, in the vintage chart, we're combining some slight variations on certain vintage models such as the MD421, which was produced with multiple connector types.

For the vintage rankings, we're putting the year cut-off at 1990 and including mics from the '80s. It's a new decade next month, so why not.

Moving away from individual models, the table below shows the top brands on the used mic market on Reverb sorted by number of orders and total dollars spent.


Used 2019 Mic Market on Reverb by Brand

Rank By Number of Orders % of Orders
1 Shure 21.03%
2 Sennheiser 14.85%
3 AKG 9.73%
4 Neumann 6.40%
5 Audio-Technica 5.01%
6 Rode 4.18%
7 Electro-Voice 3.86%
8 Blue 3.17%
9 Audix 2.66%
10 Beyerdynamic 2.19%
11 All Other 26.92%
Rank By Dollars Spent % of Sales
1 Neumann 20.98%
2 Shure 10.08%
3 AKG 9.32%
4 Sennheiser 7.42%
5 Telefunken 3.03%
6 Audio-Technica 2.43%
7 Rode 2.39%
8 Blue 2.17%
9 Electro-Voice 2.10%
10 Beyerdynamic 2.08%
11 All Other 37.99%
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