My experience with Betas is that they are good usable mics that are rider friendly. You can put a Beta in front of anybody, & they will be satisfied (for risk of making a general statement). Every sound company in America has at least a few Betas in their inventory. That being said, there are a few mics that will perform as good or better than a Beta 58 for less cash. The Heil PR-20/22 come to mind immediately, and the Audix OM-3 or OM-5 as well. The Heil models can be affected by interference from certain active bass pups, though.