JTS NX-2 by Vione
I was saving for getting a dedicated bass/kick mic from AKG or the like. But I found one of these used at a crazy bargain, so I gave it a try. For now it's a keeper.
Mic came in a leather pouch which rested in foam, in the bottom of its cardboard box. The mic is hefty, feels solid except for the sleeve/stand screw; though it's all metal the
angle locker is made out of plastic. Aesthetically, its colors and capsule shape resemble shure's beta 52 and other knockoffs, though its body shape differs.
I ran lots of bass drum recording samples captured w many mics, thru my mixer and monitors to get a feel for the sound/how'd they take EQ (before the purchase). In that sense it sounds hyped like the beta 52. Depending on the player's dynamics and beater material i could say woolly... but it does get snappy with ease as well.
Also tracked a 6" fender frontman w/it, and voilà, had all the bottom-end back as well as a nice bite. All of this with satisfiyng headroom.
Though I never had a dedicated kick mic before, though this one wasn't my "goal" to start with, i'm quite pleased, so will be anyone in a budget/looking for a secondary bass mic. Ain't worrying about kick mics for quite a while!