I'm putting together a simple, entry-level system - not intended to make production quality CD's but to learn the basics, etc. I 'll be using the Alesis IO26 as the audio interface and pre-amp. My interests lie with classical music (piano, harpsichord, small groups). I'm looking for a suitable pair of mics (in the $250 per mic range). Currently, my plan is the Rode NT1-A. While this mic gets excellent reviews, concerns have been raised about its suitability for strong transients (e.g. loud drum hits) and it is reported as a bit 'hot' in the upper mid-range. I wonder if this might be a problem with some of my interests (e.g. harpsichords). So, I'd be interested in comments and any other suggestions about mics to consider in this range. Thanks in advance.