My own small collection:
- SM58 (3) : the standard, but far from my favorite. Good on back vocals, and sometimes the best fit for some voices.
- SM86 (2) : my default go-to mic for lead vocal. Open, clear, smooth. Needs few EQ and fits most voices. Can be used by inexperienced singers. May lack warmth.
- Sennheiser E935 (1): could be my go-to mic if I had not discovered the SM86 before. I bought one because it has more low end and a less pronounced presennce peak than most vocal mics. Good fit on voices that are already quite open or harsh. Good complement to the SM86 as they sound different but are of similar quality.
- Sennheiser E835 (1): was there when I entered in my venue. Not too bad for the price, has a good low end, smooth, but appears muddy when compared to the E935. Half the price, half the quality.
- AKG C535 (1) : I do not like it much on voices: too thin. I prefer the SM86.
- Beyer M88 (1) : great low end, but needs experienced singers and is not isolated from vibrations. I rarely use it on vocals, but as everybody found out, there are tons of other applications where it shines.