Front of House Engineer Jimbo Neal takes us behind the scenes with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, showing how he uses Royer and Mojave Audio microphones to get Brian's live sounds.
To add more choices, here is a look at Mojave and Royer mics. They are a bit higher priced mics but you can always find second hand deals too.
Used Royer R-121 can be bought for around $700. Royer will also re ribbon a 121 for around $100 and sometimes even free.
The difference in sound quality for the better built microphones might be worth it. Save your pennies is recommended. :)
Mojave, which are very good sounding, comparable to mics in the high end range can be bought used around the $500 to $800 range used too. These are excellent on all sorts of instruments and vocals as well.
There are interesting (very informative) videos with audio examples on both Royer and Mojave websites worth checking out too .
For those unfamiliar who the President of Mojave Microphones is... Dusty Wakeman, has a list of serious recording and engineer credits
In his thirty-five years in the music business, Dusty Wakeman has worn a lot of hats - producer, engineer, musician, and owner/manager of Los Angeles based Mad Dog Studios. His work with Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Roy Orbison, Michelle Shocked, Buck Owens and many other artists has helped generate a number of multi-platinum and Grammy-winning records. Growing up in Texas, Dusty developed a love of the whole process of making music, from touring in groups to engineering records and designing his own studios. After moving to Los Angeles in 1977 to pursue a career as a bass player, he took a "temporary" gig at West L.A. Music, where he became store manager and stayed for three years. In 1980 he founded Mad Dog Studios, which he owned and operated for 28 years. Dusty discovered Royer mics in 2000, caught ribbon fever, and picked up a number of Royers for Mad Dog Studios, leading to a close relationship with Royer Labs. Looking for a 'lifestyle change' after 25 years of constant engineering, producing records and touring, Dusty came across the prototype for the MA-200. His enthusiasm for the new brand led to Dusty joining Mojave Audio in September of 2005. His in-depth knowledge of recording, understanding of the importance of choosing the right microphone for the job, and ability to share his experience make Dusty an invaluable asset to Mojave Audio. Dusty serves as President of Mojave Audio.
Here is the link (if not to buy), just to listen :