My first question to this group. Maybe a gear question is kind of a lame start, but here goes.
I've been field recording for quite some time and have acquired over the years some Neumanns, DPAs, Sennheisers, and my beloved Schoeps pair. (My ears are happy, but my wallet not so much).
Wondering what mics you use when you don't want to put your nice ones in harms way? I've tortured some SM57s and some cheap Audio Technicas in my time. But I'm looking to get a couple more "guinea pig Chuck Yeager test pilot" mics for mounting on vehicles, water/fire recording up close etc.. Just picked up a Sennheiser 835, but I'm looking for another dynamic and maybe a couple condensers. Any experience with low end mic gems would be appreciated. I've heard good things about torturing Marshall MXL and cheap lavs mics for example.