We were super excited when the guys at Wild and Marr got hold of us and told us that they had a very special Shure mic for us. Little did we know that it would be a limited edition 75th Anniversary Model 55 that would be making its way to Cape Audio College.
The Shure Unidyne Model 55 is one of the most recognisable microphones ever produced and is very often called the “Elvis Mic”. But Elvis was just one of many famous people who have used this icon mic, it has been photographed with the likes of Frank Sinatra, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. So there is no doubt about its iconic status.
First produced in 1939, Shure decided to mark the Model 55’s 75th anniversary with a stylish collector’s edition microphone, the 5575LE (Specs). A total of 5575 units were produced and features a larger version of their Model 55, an aluminium flight case, a vintage style desk stand (S36A), a certificate of authenticity and two photo prints (includes a full-colour print of the 5575LE and a black-and-white print of the vintage 55 Unidyne).
Honoring a legacy that spans decades, the 5575LE Unidyne® Limited Edition 75th Anniversary Vocal Microphone is a modern version of the beloved classic Unidyne microphone. Shure has gone back to the original design to produce the 5575LE, the modern version of the most recognized microphone in the world, available in a numbered limited edition of 5575. Featuring Unidyne III cardioid cartridge technology for superior sound performance and the classic large grille outer shell, the 5575LE is of extraordinary aesthetic and performance value for collectors and performers alike.
Thank you to the guys from Wild and Marr for organising this beautiful microphone for us. Then a huge thank you to Shure for their continuous support over the last 20 years and for this incredible gift. Our 5575LE will be making its way into a display cabinet for safe keeping.
For those who would like to read up more on the 5575LE and the Model 55’s rich history, then we recommend having a look at Shure’s Brochure.