Originally Posted by edvdr76
Well I bought it at a Guitar Center in Grand Rapids Mich. So as far as testing it out, They check all their mic's before they put them up for sale.
would you like to make a little wager on that statement?
if they did "test" it, it was plugging a cable into it and making sure sound happened. i'm 100% positive they didn't look any further into it than that.
a broken mic will often produce sound. it will be an awful, terrible, disgusting sound, but your run of the mill guitar center employee will never be able to tell the difference, nor will he care. there's a 77 at the Queens store near my studio for something like $1800, and it looks like it's been dropped about 1000 times and none of them employees know if it's ever been plugged in, and some of them aren't even the slightest bit familiar with ANY 77. they'll look at the $1800 "vintage" price tag and do everything in their power to tell you otherwise, though.
if it works and you like it, more power to you, but i'd be extremely careful from now on.
my own opinion? you spent 500 beans on a conversation piece. but hey...i could be a huge idiot.