Re: sax mic
I've searched for saxophone mics for over 25 years.
I hate the sure SM57, I think they sound terrible. Too thin.
So far, the best thing I've found that is resonable in price is the Pacific Pro Audio LD1. I really like it if I use both it and an LDTube.
BUT, it depends on the sort of sound you have, and what you are looking for.
I want a big, fairly dark sound (think Yusef Lateef, Dexter Gordon with a bit of David Murray thrown in).
My non-mic-ed sound is getting closer, but many mics loose all the bottom and mid-bottom. I had to boost them around 150-250hz to bring it to what I hear.
I don't like clip on mics, since I like to be able to move away from the mic.
BUT!! when playing live I almost never use a mic. I play pretty loudly and unless I was with a loud rock band or something have not needed for smaller clubs.
I'm using a custom Guardala MP, around a 10 or so.
Just my two bits.