Since you said you record live with a band, how about dividing the $1000 budget into two or more microphones?
You could, for example, try a classic dynamic, like an EV RE20 (or PL20), Shure SM7, Beyer M88,
Sennheiser 441, etc. It would help keep bleed
down for one thing.
My understanding is that out of all these, the RE20 tends to work for most all voices BTW.
I just picked up another EV 666 off e-bay,
and they sound very similar to a RCA 77DX.
(EV designed them that way for broadcasting use). Very warm and fat. Direct ancestor of the
Also, the Studio Projects T3 is about to be
enhanced pretty soon. If you e-mail them,
or post at their forum at www.recording.org
you could find out more about that.
Another interesting try would be the AEA R84.