Beyerdynamic M88 by John Eppstein
One of the best dynamic microphones in the world. Like the E/V RE-20 this mic will beat condenser mics costing 2-3 times the price.
Originally designed as a vocal mic - you've seen it used by the likes of Phil Collins, David Bowie, and Pat Benetar - it has become one of the world's most popular kick drum mics due to its extremely high SPL rating and excellent low end. Beyer has claimed that any two of these mics can be used as a matched stereo pair, the QC is that good. This mic is also a favorite for horns and electric instrument cabinets and will work well on anything you care to use it on.
The only reason I gave it a 9 in features rather than a 10 is the lack of a bass rolloff switch, which to me is unimportant as such switches should really only be employed to remove LF wind noise or mechanical rumble and really shouldn't be engaged in normal applications.
Extended response with a very smooth presence peak. Very high resistance to feedback due to its tight hypercardiod pattern.
Along with the M-201 this mic uses Beyer's unique Hostaphan diaphragm material which delivers superior range and detail. The mic uses a humbucking coil for hum rejection. The "TG" version features a ruggedized screen assembly for onstage use.
Not the cheapest dynamic mic but definitely worth every penny and more.
If you could only have one microphone this one would do the job. A true "desert island" mic.