Summary: Great for micing anything from drums to a grand piano. It is a versatile instrument condenser microphone that won’t break your budget. It has a built in slot for a AA battery, which is ideal for people who are working without phantom power. – Peter, Easy Music Center
Summary: Bought this mic for my acoustic guitar. I think it has a more natural sound than a pick-up. I chose the PG81 over the more expensive SM81, because it has better feedback rejection in a live application. It's great for this, and has the on-off switch, which is handy for breaks.
Summary: I bought these last minute for a pianists concert where I needed dual mics for a digital recording using a new pre songs digital sound board. We finished the tracks about 2 months ago and these mics performed very well
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: great seller...thanks I bought the Shure PG81 Condenser three weeks ago and was immediately impressed with the number of features available on this inexpensive phone. It has a 1M-pixel camera, video camera, and speakerphone.
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.