Shure SM58 & SM57 mics have a reputation for being reliable to the point of being indestructible.
Mats Stålbröst, editor of the Stockholm-based Studio, took that as a challenge and subjected a SM58 to a year of sadistic torture.
And here it is in all its awesome glory.
He used the SM58 mic to hammer nails, dropped it from heights, submerged it in water, drove a car over it and nuked it.
And the thing still worked.
So they buried it underground for a year.
Here are the results:
It still works – but I’m not using that thing.
You can get SM58’s for $80-90 and they are as indestructible as these video suggests. The SM58 is typically used for vocals because it has a built-in wind screen/pop filter. The SM57 is basically the same mic, but without the wind screen, so it’s more appropriate for instruments. Both are great first mics.