Heil Sound PR 40 by oudplayer
I do a lot of percussion recording - Bulgarian/Greek tapan, Egyptian tablas, Turkish darbukkas, Persian dafs, Kurdish erbanes, and less conventional forms of percussion, too - and am always in search of high quality dynamic mics that are up to the challenge. I first heard of the PR40 a few years ago on Gearslutz, and got to try one out for a Bulgarian music session. I was impressed by how the PR40 handled the bass sound of a tapan (which you can hear on Brenna MacCrimmon's album Kulak Misafiri). However, the PR40 shines on percussion with a lot of high frequency energy - instruments with embedded snares, rings, cymbals, etc., since it has a much higher frequency extension than nearly any other dynamic mic out there. I exclusively used the PR40 for all the percussion tracks on the latest Current 93 album. I've also experimented with tracking vocals with this mic, and could see it working very well with certain singers and punk or screamo vocals that need to be lo-fi but have a special "hi-fi sheen" to them. I haven't found the mic to be good for stringed instruments, though.
Only a couple other dynamic mics even come close to the sound quality PR40 for percussion applications, but they cost more, and the high end of the PR40 still wins out every time.