Originally Posted by Revelation
thanks for your input, I am actually thinking more towards going with the Blue Ball for a good dynamic mic to record guitar and bass cabs. Though I know some people just love those Beta SM 57's.
Take it from a guy who owns all three mics (beta 57a, Ball, SM57), the beta57a is a great mic to have. I don't know if I would use it on a bass cab, but it sounds great on a guitar cab (depending on what you're going for). To me, the Ball sounds more like an SM57 than the beta 57a does. Another couple of mics to look into are the Electrovoice N/D 468 and the EV Blue Raven. Those are very different from the others sonically, but are equally as usable. I just tried out the Raven and was very impressed. It's definitely a mic worth having.