"Triple ELVIS!!! 3-pack Samson R11, triple the fun !"
A good dynamic mic similar to the Shure SM58.I used three of these at a high school recording studio where constant daily use by the
students gave them a good workout.(The old AKG was blood-sacrificed!) Rugged and worth the money for the remarkably good sound quality you can get. I recommend a good mic mixer/preamp with these for flexibilty in studio work,to give them a little more boost for the quieter sounds.For live stereo pair for the school orchestra recording they do OK. Ideal as rock band mics for all instruments.
The Samson R11 mics came in a 3-pack, in separate boxes including a mic clip for each.The R11 has an ON/OFF switch, very useful for live vocal work, and MC-ing. Fixed impedance. Good balance of features for a general use microphone.
All three mics were in great shape fresh out of the box and performed as new. The body coating stood up to much wear and tear from wild young things rocking out large, and speakin' their word ("rock over london, rock on chicago!" Wesley Willis, r.i.p.).The grille withstood numerous drops and knocks which did not diminish the mics performance in any noticeable way.The input socket remained serviceable.
Never needed repair. Bought from an internet retail supplier music shop, with great communication and prompt delivery.
It is worth it.
The Wow Factor:
Feels ergonomically good to use, and the grip and weight is adequate for free mic work. If I was another microphone I'd certainly want to buy it a drink and have erotic relations with it ;-) Definitely valuable too as a cost-effective piece of equipment for any young band or budget-conscious group who want a good quality mic set.
For live band work : vocal, drums, bass , guitar , horns, it's fine.
For recording, good microphone placement technique will get the most out of this mic. Not pristine, but adequate for all but the golden-eared crowd. It's good for what it is : a high sound pressure level dynamic all-rounder mic.