I have a pair of EV-RE16fs, which were recommended to me (a long time ago, before I knew anything at all about recording) as a good quality, fairly rugged mic for outdoor work under various climactic conditions. I know what these mics are, but now that I am interested in studio recording, I have a few questions. (I am now working on my own music, which to date involves only synthesized sounds, so I canft say much about specific applications at the moment, but in the future I would probably want to record vocals, spoken voice, amps/speakers, and a variety of acoustic instruments, including maybe piano, brass, winds, strings, and various non-western instruments and drums. Image-wise, think of jazz, folk, classical, various kinds of traditional music). (1) What applications are these mics: - excellent or very good for? - good or OK for? - not so good for? (2) I imagine that it would depend greatly on the sound source, but at what range of distances would these mics be usable? (They are described as super-cardioid, with greatest rejection at 150 degrees off axis). (3) Specifications state an output of –56dB. In looking for a mic pre, does this mean that I should be looking for at least 56 dB of gain? (I am poor again, not for the first time in my life, so I will probably wait until the RNMP comes out!) (4) Since I have these mics now (and since they are my only mics), what commonly used mics can I forget about adding to my collection, at least until I get all my other needs covered? thanks!