Re: Miking Drums; where to start...?
You'll be amazed how good an SM57 or SM58 sounds on a bass drum.
I'd buy 2x SM57s (or SM58s) and a PG81. With stands and cables, that's about $400 new.
The actual capsule in an SM57 is the same as an SM58. The difference is in the windscreen on the SM58 which increases the distance to the capsule (which is why it has a slightly different frequency response at 40-60). Take the ball windscreen off an SM58 and you have an SM57.