I want to get a condensor mic forunder $1000. The main reason I want to get it is to record rock vocals. And by rock vocals I mean anything from Gregg Allman, to Robert Plant, to Chris Cornell type vocals. I have not been able to capture the essence of the vocals with anything that I have tried so far. I write songs with one of my family members and he has an amazing voice and set of lungs. I can sit around and listen to him sing all day long live, but when we record it just doesn't sound the same at all. It doesn't sound bad, but after listening to him live the recording doesn't do him justice. I have looked at the Shure KSM44, and read some reviews where people said that they owned a U87 and doing a side by side comparison, that they couldn't hardly tell a difference. I know other people have mentioned the AKG 414 a lot also. It would be nice if this mic could also double as a solid mic to record acoustic guitar on also.