AKG

C414 XLII
This condenser mic doesn’t come cheap, but it provides nine polar patterns to choose the ideal setting for multiple applications/environments, and boasts an impressive dynamic range of 152 dB.
$1,099 street
akg.com 

ROYER

R-10
This passive ribbon mic is said to offer a balanced sound field with a flat frequency response and a maximum SPL of 160 dB at 1 kHz, so players can close-mic loud sources without fear of overload.
$499 street
royerlabs.com 

SE ELECTRONICS

X1 R
The tough construction of this mic was designed to handle any SPL, and its hybrid old and new ribbon technology provides all the organic qualities of ribbon sound, but with more versatility.

$229 street
seelectronics.com 

BEYERDYNAMIC

M 160
This double-ribbon mic that’s been used on countless rock classics in many applications features a hypercardioid pickup pattern, and is known for its transparency, transient response, and warmth.
$699 street
beyerdynamic.com 

AVANTONE PRO

CR-14
The dual, low-mass ribbon element of this mic is reported to possess a better sensitivity rating than most single-ribbon designs, leading to fast and accurate transient response and a 148 dB SPL capability.
$259 street
avantonepro.com