I am looking to buy a good vocal mic priced around $1000. I have heard so many good things about both of these mics but i do not know which way to go. i live in a small town in south GA so i can't really rent either of these mics and research myself so if i buy it would be a blind purchase. I would be mainly using this mic on vocals but i would also like a good mic for acoustics and possibly even electric guitar cabinets but that isnt necessary. When i refer to the AKG it is the B-XL II and not the TL-II, i cant seem to find a TL-II used anwhere but im not sure of the difference in the 2 except that the TL-II isnt made anymore. I have an ART PRO VLA preamp that i use right now. will the ribbon work with that pre or do i need to upgrade my pre? sorry, so much to read at one time. thanks for the input.