Thanks for your input. This is reinforcing what I have been experiencing. I have both the i5 and 58 and noticed (especially when I hear videos back) that the 58 just sounds better than the i5. The i5 can cut through the mix but that is all, the 58 sounds fatter. Thanks again for replyingI have an OM2 that is better than the i5. The proximity effect of the i5 doesn't work for me. If you clipped to your horn it might be ok, but if you move the littlest bit from the mic you change the pickup too much.
Thanks for your reply. I feel pretty much the same as to everything you said. Only Sennheiser I ever tried was an e-835, did not like that one for sax at all . Unfortunately, I have to deal with some less than desireable PA's (and sound guys) so I am usually not happy eitherOn a less-than-desirable system, or on any system with a less-than-desirable engineer, I'm gonna be sad, no matter the mic.
But in general I'll take a 58 over any Audix that I've tried. I also tend to slightly the prefer the 58 to the 57, and it may well just be the placebo effect since I like the look of the 58 more, but I'm honestly fine with either. For live sound, I think you could use nothing but 57s and 58s and have things sound solid if the engineer knows what he or she is doing.
As a nice alternative to Shure, the Sennheiser e604 (normally a rack tom mic) sounds great with saxophone. I got one after hearing Chris Cheek use one with his pedal rig in Rudder, he sounded fantastic with it so I gave it a shot and it works well.
Thanks for your reply. The i5 is a very good mic and I have used it live many times. With that being said, I unfortunately have to deal with many less desirable PA's (as stated in my original post) and with these PA's , the 58 just seems to sound better. I have played in some outdoor festivals and they always had 58's and they sounded good as long as the sound man knew how to mix it. Only played through a 57 once at an outdoor festival and the sound man didn't e q it too well and it sounded like a kazoo. Just from my own experiences.I like the i5 better than both the SM57 or SM58. It’s no secret that I’m not of fan of the 57 and 58 and would rather use almost anything (except the AKGC1000: which is the worst sound mic ever built) for a source that I cared about.
That being said, the Heil PR22 and PR30 sound way better than the Audix i5 also.