Re: overhead cymbal mics
Have you considered using large diaphragm mics? When I worked in a studio, we often used U87s for overheads. Since I'm not wealthy, in my home studio I sometimes use MXL V69MEs or Studio Projects B1s as overheads. They don't have the hyped high end that some of the other inexpensive mics do, and the cymbals record nice and smooth without any harshness. I also have used a matched pair of Superlux SMK-H8K small diaphragm mics as overheads and they sound good as well.