The Sennheiser E840 compares favourably with the more recent SM58s, which are, I believe, made in China. The E840 has a little less sharpness than the SM58 at lower levels but this can be compensated using the EQ. It seems to have a slightly more dynamic response than the SM58 when it is pushed hard. Both have a natural warmth. The E840 is less costly, but I haven't used it enough to comment on reliability.