"AKG D112...Takes a kicking...keeps on gigging"
I've used the D112 extensively for sound reinforcement. I will own one that is why I visited this website. The 'flow through' screen design lends itself to extreme sound pressure levels, meaning it can actually be mounted inside the kick drum, close to the beater head. I am pumping 1100 watts of power to a pair of 18's through an electronic crossover and with the D112 only minimal compression is even needed. You can "feel" the kick drum in the front of house. Simply the best.
By the way, did I mention how phenominal it works when micing a bass guitar rig?
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder on this one. As far as it's appearance, you could say that it is easily recognizable. It is built for functionality! As rugged as a tank and always out performs anything else in its' class. I spent 10 years on the road with the same one. Our drummer owned. Now with a whole new band I will own one of my own.
All I can say about product support is that I've never needed it. The D112 has never failed in 10 years of road use.
In a world of many microphone choices and price ranges, to think of what a mic that performs like the D112 could cost and what it is typically sold for, again, nothing touches it!
The Wow Factor:
In live performanve situations, the people are dancing to that kick drum. It is the driving force behind the music. When you see those @@@@@ sway to your kick drum sound, tell me if you're having fun.
The D112 is one stop shopping for a kick drum mic for me.