Well, I absolutely love Oktava MC012s. I expect some (including Mr Willett) will think
this is sacrilege, but I sold a matched pair of Sennheiser MKH20s not so long ago as I was
always using the Oktavas in preference. Don't get me wrong, the Sennheisers were glorious,
but I got better results quicker using the Oktavas for my own preferred setups.
I got mine from The Sound Room
(curiously, the URL seems to be unavailable at present) and have nothing but praise for
their service. They do some sort of quality control/rebuild/pair matching thing which is
well worth the extra money over buying straight from Digital Village or whatever. And the
mics are lovely - cardioid capsules are accurate and articulate, whilst the omnis have an
overt warm, creamy character.
Must say something about Groove Tubes mics, too.
Whilst they're available in matched pairs, are apparently great value and have a nice
transparent, open quality, those things are noisy as hell! I find it impossible to use
them as room mics for quieter classical stuff, for example, and it's not a preamp
What else? Rodes are damn good value for money, but NT1As have rather an
edge to them - good for some things, not for others. Those SE Electronics mics also get a
good write-up in SOS, but I'd seriously want to hear them for myself before committing.
Oh, and I've never used a bad Audio Technica.
Hope some of that helps! Cheers -