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Shure Beta 58A wireless mic

I was told that the mic "rattled" so checked it out with sound system and found that the mic sounded like a rattle when it was shaken. It would go good with a drummer but we need it for a singer.
I removed the top wind screen and found a C-clip holding in the rubber section that goes into the small circuit card at bottom. Also found several metal washer type sections in the middle. The mics' plastic pointed center appears to be broken. I can't get the washers tight enough to stop making the unwanted noise. Also, after several times of unsrewing the mic head off the two small wire broke or were cut by the twisting on and off of the mic screen. Now I have a "silent" rattle that no one wants.
Please, any help or suggetions are welcome.
Jim - one frustrated teck

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As you discovered, the rattle problem is due to a broken plastic stem that is designed to hold a metal pin, which in turn keeps the washers in place. I feel like the plastic stem is a weak link in the design of the mic. I dropped my Beta 58 once (not even hard enough to dent the grill) and snap! The mic sat unused for several years, until I recently worked up the courage to take the thing apart. A quick and easy solution to the rattle problem is to simply remove all of the washers, the broken piece of stem, and the metal pin. With a broken stem, they aren't doing you any good any way. As far as I can tell, the pin and washers are just there to keep the capsule from sliding out. The rubber housing and c-clamp hold everything together pretty securely, and I haven't had any trouble with since removing the washers, etc. Of course, I'm pretty careful with it now. If you want a mic that can stand up to abuse, get a SM58. Of course, you won't have the clarity of the Beta. As far as the tiny wires go, find someone that is handy with a soldering iron.

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Mmmm... The wires and the assembly is broken?
Sounds like you might have a trashed mic.
You can try to find a Shure dealer or a good music store to have them take a look at it.
I would suggest getting a new mic cartridge.
If you're interested in selling it, contact me.

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