I feel bad for mic companies that have to compete with Shure, because it’s just not fair how good SM-57s are.  I would have no qualms about using them even on a big-time, mainstream record, they are that good, and that versatile, and CHEAP.

Also, I recently purchased an also relatively cheap set of Shure cans (SRH440s) and I literally feel like I have a set of Genelecs strapped to my head, they are that good.  I am quickly becoming a major fan of Shure products.