firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:For live, the gain is perfect. Position the head of the mic a few inches from your strings and it's all the gain you'll need.
I haven't had any feedback problems using the MD421 in live classical shows, or even with the small acoustic fusion group I sometimes play with (https://rakkatak.bandcamp.com/track/heliosphere)
I find SM57/8s have unusably low gain for sitar unless you run them through a Cloudlifter.
(.. and even then they don't have the subtle depth and range that you can charm out of the MD421.)
I'll have to give it a try out at the next soundcheck (I have an old original 1970s version)! cheers