I used $40 Berhinger's , then a AKG D72S, and finally got a SM58. No contest there , the 58 is worth every penny. Last week I picked up a Berhinger C-1 condeser with a mic200 preamp and I'm not to sure I like the sound of the condensor? The 58 seems to be warmer where as the condensor is really etched sort of and thin. I am still playing with the settings on the preamp but so far the 58 is the winner.