After extensive testing of many makes/models of microphones, the ones below have been hand-selected for reliably excellent sound.
After restoring a lot of original D12s and many variants, it's nice to know that the modern replacement, the D12VR, fits right in with those 50+ year old mics. When extended bass and a vintage-sounding mid-high range are what's needed, the D12VR is an excellent choice.
This is another excellent mic from Beyerdynamic, with a focused pickup pattern and very clear sound.
The Beyerdynamic M88 is a legend among dynamic microphones. The tight hypercardioid pickup is great for isolation, and the extended low-frequency response makes it ideal for capturing bass or full-range instruments.
The MC910 is the omnidirectional version of the MC930. Being omnidirectional, the low-frequency response extends down below 20Hz.
The MC930 is a small-diaphragm condenser mic, featuring a combination of high sensitivity, low noise, high SPL tolerance, and great sound.
They can be useful for a huge range of jobs, from the main stereo pair for orchestral works, to close-mic'd drum kits.
There are seven available, which opens up options for multi-channel capture or spot-micing.
The MC950 is the super-cardioid version of the MC930. It shares similar attributes, but has a narrower pickup pattern for sources requiring a bit more isolation.
The RE27 is like an RE20, but with a more bright/forward sound.
The EV RE320, as produced, doesn't sound great. This one, however, has had its EQ network carefully modified to create a sound very close to that of an original RE20.
The MD421 imparts a tonality that you don't get anywhere else. Sometimes, that's exactly what's needed.
The e904 is super-compact, making it great for placing around a drum kit. It also works well as a general-purpose mic.
A compact side-address dynamic mic. Great for cabinets, percussion, drums and brass.
The Sennheiser e935 is their top-end cardioid dynamic mic. They sound great, with good isolation even on noisy stages.
The Sennheiser e965 is a condenser mic featuring a 1" diaphragm and switchable polar patterns. Extremely high quality capture of vocals and other instruments.
sE Electronics 4400a
The 4400a features dual 1" brass capsules with switchable pickup patterns. It has the big flattering sound you'd expect from a large-diaphragm condenser mic, but remains neutral enough to be useful on a wide range of sources. Combined with the various polar patterns available, many different mic techniques can be deployed.
sE Electronics VR1
The VR1 is a compact passive ribbon mic, with a clever waveguide to extend the high-frequency response past what most ribbons are capable of. The resulting sound is somewhere between typical "ribbon" and "condenser", and the figure-of-8 pickup pattern makes them very useful in some applications.