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I have an interesting problem. I need a mic that can play and sound good while also being subjected to mass noise over flow. I also hate being stuck playing on a mic stand. I don't care if its wireless or not I just want something I can play sound good and walk around on stage. so my question is is there anything that like that? Thanks. If it helps I am playing a cannonball jasper series with just the standard mouthpiece(another upgrade I want to do but can't find anything I like).

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Check out audio technica clip on mics like the at 35.
 

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another tip, try using a trumpet mike, not a sax mike- they're designed to work at higher sound pressures....
 

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baslisks said:
thank you I actually did use the search function but there were no suggestions meeting my criteria.

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Please don't take this personally - its written as a conversation which might help other people if they find it...

There are very very few new problems for mics - hakukani suggests that you "Check out audio technica clip on mics like the AT 35." which has been a sensible suggestion for ages (the AT35 is discontinued here - its replacement is called the PRO35) there are similar pieces of kit in all the major manufacturer's ranges. If you read the blurb it says
" Designed for sax, toms, brass and percussion, the PRO 35 excels in high-SPL applications"

And that is the clue - if you can't run to big-ticket-brand-new, then seek out any clip-on tom-tom mike - you often find four in a box + a hammerhead sold as a "Drum Set" and even the cheaper chinese ones will get the job done (oh, and sometimes the hammerhead sounds great).

The AT blurb goes on to say "...captures subtle nuances of the performance" - and you need to ask a question - "just how important is 'Subtle Nuance' to my music this time?"
 

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Please don't take this personally - its written as a conversation which might help other people if they find it...

There are very very few new problems for mics - hakukani suggests that you "Check out audio technica clip on mics like the AT 35." which has been a sensible suggestion for ages (the AT35 is discontinued here - its replacement is called the PRO35) there are similar pieces of kit in all the major manufacturer's ranges. If you read the blurb it says
" Designed for sax, toms, brass and percussion, the PRO 35 excels in high-SPL applications"

And that is the clue - if you can't run to big-ticket-brand-new, then seek out any clip-on tom-tom mike - you often find four in a box + a hammerhead sold as a "Drum Set" and even the cheaper chinese ones will get the job done (oh, and sometimes the hammerhead sounds great).

The AT blurb goes on to say "...captures subtle nuances of the performance" - and you need to ask a question - "just how important is 'Subtle Nuance' to my music this time?"
so grab a box of drum mics and play around? Cool some experimenting time.
 

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Or just get good old reliable Sure SM57. It's a regular mic, not a clip on. It's an old standard.
 

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or take a 57 find an old shure keen clamp and hook it to the bell.

a dynamic would be best at rejecting what you term "noise overflow." a Sennheiser E604 drum mic has been used with success on saxes.
 

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Bill Mecca said:
or take a 57 find an old shure keen clamp and hook it to the bell....
Since some time in the late 1990s this board and its precursors have had people asking "What is the best mic to use for a xxxx saxo(a)phone in a YYYY type band?".

And every one of them thinks he (it's seldom a she) has a unique problem - they haven't - the game has barely moved in the last forty years.

For all this time Bill Mecca and I (and a dedicated band of like minded souls) have been saying the same thing.
Try a Sure 57 - or a 58 and if that does the job - you're done
It was the right answer forty years back (though the names were different) - and it still is.
 

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I use a sure 58 and play 3rd wave ska.
Every other instrument is amplified and this mic seems to compete or should I say blend, with out sounding too ....ummm :? scratchy, thin :? that said I'm stuck to the stand!
 

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Thanks for all the help. I now have a good base of knowledge I want to test out. I think I have some cool ideas too. If I actually get down to it I will try and post some data and pictures if I do a project.
 
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