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.
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. It's a great live condenser mic, and has shure's famous build quality.
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. It would probably work fine for louder sources, though, and the build quality felt solid.
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. The NewPhone's size is perfect for carrying in a pocket and the battery has a pretty good lifespan of roughly 4 hours.
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. Advantages for me are: the sound is excellent; it runs on a battery so I don't need a phantom power source; and I don't have to risk damaging or losing my expensive SM-81 when I play live.
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.