I may have mentioned this before.... but my studio is changing the way it does things from recording primarily vocals only, to recording all manners of bands and genres of music. Basically, anyone who walks in the door, I'll record them if they are not too "high maintenance"...because we need the money and what we were doing before wasnt really paing the bills. This of course, now necessitates that I expand my pathetically limited microphone collection. So... I have very little microphone experience. Anyone whos a microphone guru here and has usedmany types and knows what the various models are good for, I would appreciate your opinion. Basically, I'm looking to add maybe 3 - 6 microphones on top of what I have now... but the budget is somewhat limited. Trying to cap my costs at roughly $3500. I'm not sure if I should get fewer mics but focus more on quality or expensive models (i.e. $1,000+ range), or should I stay away from more expensive and just get a higher quantity of more diverse cheaper ones (in the under $650 range). This is what I currently have: (1) x Audio Technica 4050 condensor (2) x SM-57's (2) x SM58's (2) x Audix OMD-5's ... a few miscellaneous crap ones that are of not worth mentioning.. but I would use them if I ever had a project where I just needed that many microphones. I've been searching these forums...so many opinions.. so many options. I'm lost. These are models I have been thinking of getting... but can you tell me what they would be useful for? I cannot tell you exactly what I will be using them for... since I dont know that answer a priori... so I'm just going to say... I'm looking for diversity. Soundelux U195 ($1,000). I've heard its very diverse. I was kindof thinking thatthis could be my "flagship" microphone, replacing my AT4050. Unfortunately, it also strains my limited budget. I personally think the AT4050 I have is a nice condenser, but I have no reference to judge that by since I've never used anything better. The 4050 has done its job over the years. I wonder of the Soundelux U195 would just be redundant since I already have a decent condenser? Beyerdynamic M130 and M160 ribbon microphones ($600 each)... A lot of people have been saying nice things about this. I am pretty convinced I want a ribbon microphone for diversity in sound as I have never had one before... and the Royers are totally out of consideration ($$$)... so I may want these... but I really dont know what the difference is between the two models, or what they are supposedly good for. I just know they are regarded as good for the price... so I trust peoples opinions on that. Sennheiser MD421 ($350). I hear its good for drums and the price is reasonable.. So howmany do I need for drums? 1? or 2? I dont want to buy more than I need... godda'keep tp the budget. Some other microphones I have heard touted on these forums are: AKG 414 ($950) Shure SM81 ($350) Not really sure if these are redundant. I think people said you coulduse these on overheads.... but will one of the previous microphones I mentioned be useful for overheads... I'm trying to eliminate redundant stuff. Any help in my quest for knowledge would be appreciated.