A bit of a tough comparison since they are not really level-matched. I like the AEA KU5a, but I like many of the others as well. For me, most condensers highlight reed noise too much, a bit like putting a magnifying glass over the parts of the sound I don’t want to hear. If you don’t mind DIY, for 3-400$, check out Mic Parts. They have some really great mic kits.