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Old 14th September 2015
  #3
Gear Maniac
 

I have owned all of the Heil mics and used them quite extensively. They definitely have a more modern sound to my ears, and I tend to prefer more classic sounding dynamic mics (sm57, re20, 421, etc).

The Heil mics, to me, have a sort of tubby-ness to the low end that always made me reach for the EQ a little too often.

That said, I know I lot of people that swear by them, but they aren't my cup of tea.

Speaking of toms, I've been a huge fan of the RE20. They can be a little difficult to position sometimes due to the size, but I find them to be clear and punchy without ever getting muddy. And, the off axis response is a lot more pleasing than mics like the 421.