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Old 13th August 2019
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So it would seem, perhaps from his first "choices", the OP was looking for pencil mics. Any of the three mentioned, Schoeps, Sennheiser MKH and Neumann are awesome mics. I am not familiar with the Pearl other than by reputation which seems to be good. I own and use the Schoeps and the MKH. You are already there, mostly, with the Schoeps amplifier so an Mk8 would seem a good way to go.

But if you are looking for a less expensive microphone, you might look into these:

I had a chance to demo the stereo figure-of-eight condenser and it sounded really good. The only reason I didn't buy one is that I already had mics in my locker that did the same thing. I was NOT dissatisfied with the sound. No affiliation, but I was impressed with the product.

Also, although not inexpensive, the Samar line of figure-of-eight ribbons is really really good. I have one of Mark's stereo ribbons and it is killer.

They are not really pencil mic sized but smaller than a U87