Shure Model 718A Bakelite Crystal Microphone

This is certainly an unusual microphone design.  The Shure model 718A was made in the late 1940's and featured a brown Bakelite case.  The shape resembles another well-known electrical appliance which shall go unnamed as this is a "G-rated" site.  No doubt, it was the focus of numerous off-color jokes, which may explain its rarity today.

Shure called this mike the "Versatex".  It was a crystal type, suggested for use in ham radio or public address applications.  It's list price was $10.00 when new.


Shure 718A Bakelite Crystal Microphone