Excerpt: We picked up one of these to test for church for miking the occasional acoustic instrument like violin or mandolin. When we tested it against some other mics (AKG C 1000 and Shure SM81 mainly), we found it wasn't nearly as sensitive so the gain had to be cranked and that resulted in more noise.
Summary: Less expensive version of an SM-81 but great value for the money. Not as pure a sound as an SM-81, which I also own, but I have used the PG-81 weekly for over five years to mic my acoustic guitar in a church setting, and been happy with the results.
Summary: I use 2 of these overhead for recording my drum set, they sound great and capture my crash, hihat and ride cymbals perfectly. I haven't used the batteries to power it, only phantom power on a cheapo samson mixer and it always works fine. Ive had 2 of these for about a year now with no faults.
Summary: I got this mic with a PGDMK6 drum mic kit from Shure. It works well for overheads (infact, fantastically for the price), however, its limited frequency response (40-18) means that it isn't quite the perfect mic for this application, at least not in the studio.
Summary: This is the best mic I've found for live sax sound. I believe you would need to use a large diaphragm studio mic to top the natural sound for sax. I use it with my own 4 piece jazz group and just finished a two-week tour with a big rhythm-and-blues band in Italy, and I love the sound.
Excerpt: This mic is a great stage mic condenser small diaphragm mic that should be used in live situations. It doesn’t have to be used in live situations but if you want to get the best out of it you should use it as a stage mic.