Quality instrument microphones are premium at best, never affordable ones. However, the akg d11 encompasses both those terms in a rugged all metal microphone. Specifically designed for bass instruments such as kick drums, bass guitar amplifiers and even a trombone the d11 delivers powerful sound with a high energy low end. Giving a powerful sound with gutsy bass range this mic handles highest sound pressure levels with ease, making it perfect for akg's suggested purposes. Supplied with a 5m xlr cable and hard plastic carry case, you'll be hard pushed to find a better bass mic anywhere near this price.