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A part from the classic SM-58, I've had joys with SM-57 and Beta 58. These are all similar, the Beta being the clearest of the lot. These are fine both live and in studio. Another option is using cheap condenser microphones (I've used the AKG C1000 for instruments and AKG C3000 for voice) which are within your budget and decent for the price. These would be ...
Here is a link to some advice directly from Shure. It basically recommends removing the grill and windscreen and cleaning it with water and some mild detergent if necessary. For the grille they recommend using a toothbrush with soft bristles to remove lipstick or other stuff stuck in the grille.
As always, mic selection is somewhat subjective, but I've had good experiences with the Sennheiser e Series. You might want to take a look at the e935 & e945 (dynamic) & e865 (condenser) - they would seem to fit your budget. I found them a step up from the 57 & 58 in sound quality. Probably not quite as durable (what is, really?) but they're not ...
My 2 cents: I use Audix OM5 mics for the backing vocals: good rejection of the drum cymbals on a small stage. (if it's a really noisy stage, OM7 is even better at it, but more expensive). Don't expect the clarity, presence & fidelity of a KMS105: the Audix is a ROCK mic. If you don't know what's coming: SM58Beta can't be beat as an allrounder.
The only bodypack transmitter that worked with the UT4 receiver is the UT1. So, you would need to find a used UT1 on the exact frequency as your receiver. Also, there is a place in Chicago that repairs older Shure wireless systems. Contact Delta Audio (www.deltaaudio.biz)
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