What are the different versions of the Green Bullet?

FAQ #2407 Updated February 22, 2018

Question:

I've seen many Shure microphones that look like the 520 Green Bullet. What are the different variations?

Answer:

Green Bullet Mics

The following is information relating to the Green Bullet Series Controlled Magnetic (controlled reluctance) and other mics (crystal, dynamic) in the same "bullet" or "teardrop" case. The shape of the microphone case was influenced by automotive headlamp housings from the 1930s.

Model Mfg. Years Misc.
500A 1940 Dynamic, Lo-Z (35-50 ohms), iridescent gray (1940: $19.00)
500B 1940 Dynamic, Lo-Z (200-250 ohms), iridescent gray (1940: $19.00)
500C 1940-1941 Dynamic, Hi-Z, iridescent gray, 25' cable (1940: $19.00)
500C-7Ft. 1940-1941 Dynamic, Hi-Z, iridescent gray (1940: $17.50)
52 1947 "Econodyne," Dynamic, Hi-Z, 15' cable (1947: $20.00)
520 1949-1977 "Green Bullet," Controlled Magnetic, Hi-Z, green, 15' cable (1949: $16.50)
520B 1952-1977 "Green Bullet," Controlled Magnetic, Low-Z, green
520D 1980-1996 "Green Bullet," Controlled Magnetic, Dual impedance, green; R44D cartridge
520DX 1997-current "Green Bullet," Dynamic, Dual impedance, green, volume control
520SL 1950-1977 "Dispatcher," Controlled Magnetic, Hi-Z, green, S36A desk stand, A88A grip-to-talk switch (520SL-7': 1951: $35.0)
520SLB 1961-1977 "Dispatcher," Controlled Magnetic, Lo-Z, green, S36A desk stand, A88A grip-to-talk switch
5E-25 1939 "Streamliner," Dynamic, Lo-Z (35-50 ohms), satin chrome (1939: $22.50)
5F-25 1939 "Streamliner," Dynamic, Lo-Z (200-250 ohms), satin chrome (1939: $22.50)
5G, 5G-25 1939 "Streamliner, "Dynamic, Hi-Z, satin chrome, -25 = 25' cable (1939: 5G $21.00; 5G-25 $22.50)
5S, 5SH 1939 "Streamliner," Dynamic, Hi-Z, iridescent gray, SH = w/o desk mount (S36 desk stand) (1939: 5S $24,00; 5SH $21.00)
707A 1940-1970 Crystal, Hi-Z, iridescent gray, (1940: $9.95)
707A-20 1947-1970 Crystal, Hi-Z, pearl gray, 20' cable (1947: $15.00)
707A-25 1940-1947 Crystal, Hi-Z, iridescent gray, 25' cable (1940: $11.50)
7A, 7A-25 1939 "Streamliner," Crystal, Hi-Z, satin chrome, -25 = 25' cable (1939: 7A $16.50; 7A-25 $18.30)
7S, 7SH 1939 "Streamliner," Crystal, Hi-Z, iridescent gray, SH = w/o desk mount (S36 desk stand) (1939: 7S $19.50; 7SH $16.50)


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