I'm a sucker for strange, cheap mics. I picked up a pair of the super-cheap MXL's at Guitar Center. (Same company as Musician's Friend.) Though I have a closet full of Shures, Sennheisers, AKG's, Royers, Neumanns, AT's, etc, I actually went back and bought a second pair to give to a friend. These are worth the tiny amount of money, just don't expect a fantastic studio mic that will last you for years. They are just something to learn with, have fun with. It's simply not possible to find your own personal way around the world of microphones without trying different things, experimenting and practicing. One valid philosophy is to save up for a few good general purpose mics (414, 4050, +57's, etc.). Another is to play around and experiment with whatever you can get your hands on. Anyway, both of the MXL's have a ton of handling noise, and are very sensitive to air movement. Definitely invest in a pop screen for the side address, and treat the pencil with serious care. Based on all of 20 minutes of experience, I would say both are certainly usable. Both tend towards brightness, but they aren't spitty. Careful placement will make them work.