I need a new multi-purpose mic to record my instruments. The most important application right now is recording my acoustic guitar, and also mic'ing my amp. I would also need to record my acoustic piano later, but that isn't a priority. And having a second vocal mic is always an advantage. What I own right now is a Shure PG58(a cheaper version of the SM58, I think...) which is good for my voice, but painfully limited otherwise. It's too harsh on the high end, making my carefully sculpted amp tone sound horribly sharp and nasal . And I never manage to get the sound I'm looking for when I try it on my acoustic guitar. I've done my homework on this(I actually planned to buy this sometime ago) and I've realized I might be better off with a condenser. By and large I've heard that dynamics don't work too well on acoustic guitars, and those which do are costly. I'm not sure whether I'll need a small or large diaphragm, though the mics I've narrowed down to are mostly LDCs. My budget is pretty low, $230 or so tops. But if a costlier mic would perfectly fit my bill(lol) then I wouldn't mind holding off the purchase until I can afford it. Right now, I'm looking at the Audio Technica AT2020/2035, the Rode NT1A and the Rode M6. I also keep thinking of the ubiquitous Shure SM57, simply because I can see that it's great to have one lying around, but I don't think it'll do too well on my acoustic, based on what I've read. Stereo pairs are out of the question sadly because my interface has only a single mic preamp. Which mic would suit me best?