Marshall, MOOG, Shure: Deals of the Week
New week, new deals! Just so you don’t get too frustrated because it’s a Monday, we’re bringing you the best deals of the week. In this week’s edition: A true rioter from Marshall, two Shure vocal classics, and the famous MOOG Vocoder at a bargain price.
Marshall Stanmore BT II Black
How about a true Marshall for your living room! The Marshall Stanmore BT II may not be the legendary Full Stack, but thanks to a 50-watt woofer, two 15-watt tweeters, a bass reflex cabinet, and a Class-D power amplifier, it still makes a lot of noise! With its classic Marshall design, this wireless speaker not only looks a lot better than its competitors, but also stands out in technical terms.
Unlike some other contenders, the Stanmore BT II Black is all about the sound with true stereo, real controls (no flimsy push buttons that eventually wear out), and timeless, high-quality construction. You can tell just by the weight of the solid, Tolex-covered cabinet (4.6 kg) that this speaker means business. Besides the Bluetooth functionality, the Stanmore II still offers the good old AUX connection, as well as an RCA connection on the back. Not many Bluetooth speakers offer these features these days. I like it a lot!
Marshall does it better
There’s even a 2-band EQ with hardware controls for quick sound shaping. In addition to this, a comprehensive equalizer with more frequency bands is available in the app. All in all, the Stanmore is a powerful Bluetooth boom box that sounds as good as it looks. The black version has just been reduced from 279 to 228 Euros.
Shure Beta 58 and SM58
Shure sure has many legendary microphones in its portfolio. But I’m not exaggerating when I say that the SM58 and Beta 58 have been absolute classics for decades and can be found on every stage. For example, John Cooper, Bruce Springsteen’s FoH tech, said in 2009:
“I’m a bit of an old-school guy when it comes to mic selection. I have run the gauntlet of boutique mics, and I always come back to the industry standard. They just work!”
I don’t have anything to add to that. For those who are undecided: the Beta 58 sounds a bit clearer and a touch more brilliant than the SM58. It also has more bass and is a so-called supercardioid, which helps to avoid feedback on stage. In contrast, the SM58 sounds more mid-range and thus brings your voice forward in the mix. This one is a regular cardioid. Both are designed to be virtually indestructible and will give serve you well for decades. The SM58 is available with or without an on-off switch. All three microphones are currently reduced in price.
Shure SM58 LC
Shure Beta 58 A
When a product is reduced by an impressive 1140 EUR compared to the regular price, you’d probably assume that it’s a bargain. However, the Moog Vocoder still costs a nice sum of money – 5159 Euros to be precise. But if you’ve been saving up to get your hands on this legendary processor ever since it was reissued in 2020, it’s your lucky day! It also gives me the opportunity to link to some very nice demo sounds below. The 16-channel, USA-built vocoder is perhaps the ultimate creativity tool. See and hear for yourself what a beautiful sound this thing delivers:
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- Marshall Stanmore II BT: Marshall