If you\'re on a budget, you can\'t go wrong with a pair of Oktava MK019s. They\'re down to about $200 a pair at GC now, and they sound really good on most instruments - although I probably wouldn\'t use them on sax and trumpet. Large-diaphragm mics are usually better for those instruments.
I haven\'t heard the Rødes, by the way, so I\'m not saying the Oktavas are better.
If you want a mic that is going to sound good on anything, the Royer SF-1 ribbon mic is great. But it\'s $1000 or so.
The clicking noise, etc. you mention is usually - not always, but usually - caused by the wrong compressor and compressor setting more than the mic, although bad placement (too close to a wall) can certainly have that effect.