Yes.....it is possible to break an SM57. From a height of less than 4 feet, my wife dropped one on a ceramic floor. It broke the plastic top off and somehow destroyed the element. Broke broke.....I put it back together but it's broke. Cool thing....she didn't have an issue with me just ordering a new one. Sure, I could order parts to repair it....but I just don't have the time. New mic day coming soon!!!