What are you looking at?
I currently have a SM57, 57 Beta and an Audix i5. Can a get something decent from these or do I need to upgrade?
I have one of those too - my dad wanted a really cheap condenser to record with after hearing what my AKG C3000 sounded like on his guitar, and since he's not THAT concerned with recording quality as much as just getting the song down I grabbed him one of those because I'd heard they were rather good for the price. I was surprised enough by it that I grabbed one for myself - for $70 shipped, I figured it'd be worth it just to have another condenser on hand, just in case.I'll just say that I own a MXL V63M, which is like $70 with a shockmount at MF.com right now, and it does a pretty nice job on acoustics and voice. Better than my 57 or e609 for sure.
My suggestion too. I like a set of nt55s, same mics with pads and contour switches built in.you could get a matched pair of rode nt5s for cheapish. 500 or so bucks. whats cheap to you? if you don't have 200 or more, stick to the 57 and beta 57.