Mojave Audio MA-200 by sehnsucht
This is a fixed pattern tube mic designed by David Royer. I originally got this mic to record acoustic guitar parts and found that it suited vocals, acoustic guitar and percussion duties well in my home studio. The mic is built well and includes a shockmount, power supply, cables and hard flight case for a little under a grand , street price. The versatility of this mic was what struck me the most about this piece when paired with a great preamp (in my case, a grace Design m101). It doesn't hype up the input and my resulting mixes sounded warm and required very little EQing to enable the instruments to sit well in the mix. My primary recordings center around acoustic music so I wanted a mic that could communicate accuracy, warmth without breaking my bank account. I liked the MA-200 so much that I bought a second one to record guitars in stereo and use a pair as drum overheads.
Overall, this mic is hard to beat for its price and while its fixed polar limitation had me wishing I had more polar patterns on it, I was able to make do and record quality tracks using the mic. Since I bought my MA-200, Mojave has since released a variable polar pattern mic version of the MA-200 and I am very eager to try the new model out.
I highly recommend this mic to project studio enthusiasts but I am sure the build and quality of this mic will equally do well in many professional studio applications too.