I wish I could afford some of the better German mics. Would love to chat mics sometime in the future though. I'm fascinated by the story of all those Berlin mic companies. A lot of people don't even know that some of the greatest advancements in microphone technology were the direct result of the Berlin "spy games" of the late 40's to the mid 60's (of which my father played a part in) Many of today's world's renown mic brands set up shop on the same street right behind the Reichstagsgebäude, w/ West German companies on one side of the street, and East German on the other w/ the wall running right between them. I've always thought a book about it would be fascinating. especially citing many of today's mic types and their espionage origins.I've been using condecer mics for PA for few decades - Used to have a pair of Neumann KM86 as overhead and KM84 for snare - many dummers were horrified : "What if I hit it?" - "Then you pay for it!" - later AKG 451 modular mics etc - nowadays I've been finnish rep for german company MBHO - and while not trying to convince anybody. that they are superior to any other high quality mics - I see it is completely natural, that I use them for my PA-gigs - I still have some fine Sennheiser-Beyer-Shure etc individuals in stock . . .
After all this - there is a word of caution - just because a microphone is condencer mic does not automatically make it better than a dynamic mic. There are many things to concider - the curves: not only how it picks up sound from front - but also the polar pattern as function of different frequencies - dynamic mic has zilch noise floor - condencers have amps w definitive noice floor - even if it is small. . . .