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Your advice is welcome. Price is not a consideration. Just make your best recommendation.
Cool your jets, rocket man. He said a lot with that short sentence - try to get it.Each of us has their own personal preferences. For each of us, those are our best recommendations. If you don't have one to make, then there is plenty of other things elsewhere here in the Forum to entertain yourself with.
I own cheap/crapy ones and need to upgrade.Do you know about mics and just want to hear what people use or you just need a recommendation cause you have no idea about them ?
Thank you, this is helpful advice.There is a variety of mics that could be good. What dictates which to use depends on your style, the music and the venue. Ive seen any type of mic available (almost) that has been used live for the sax.
First you need to select from two big categories: clip-on mic or stand mic.
The ones that clip on the bell will give you flexibility of movement and best protection against feedback, if you know the places to avoid on stage. They can be wired or wireless. The negative side is that they add extra weight to the sax and the sound is not the best possible. Also is something that you have to invest in as you could not accept the venue to provide that. The price is reasonable just for the mic but if you go wireless the cost can be quite high for quality.
Then you have the mics for stand that fall in two big categories, dynamic and capacitor ( forget ribbons)
Dynamics are cheaper in general and are better to withstand abuse. They can be better for venues that have problems with feedback like most untreated places like bars, cafes, etc. It is reasonable to accept that if the venue has a PA installed they can also provide one of those, most common shure sm 57 and 58.
Capacitor mics provide the best sound quality and are used in recording studios and concert halls.
Stay away from ribbons for live use.
There is a huge variety from all the above that can provide excellent results.
That is a good choice - I like the RE20 and the humble SM58 also for live work if you're using a stand.For live, non-bell-mounted: Sennheiser 441, the dynamic mic that sounds like a condensor. Looks boss, too.